The Dietetic Internship Program prepares entry-level dietitians for a variety of careers in health care, wellness, and food service management. Some of the many responsibilities of dietitians include:
assisting individuals and families in choosing food for adequate nutrition in health or disease throughout the life cycle;
supervising the preparation and service of food in groups;
developing modified diets; and
participating in nutrition research.
Dietitians work in hospitals, health care and government agencies, food industries, corporate wellness, restaurants, schools, and private practice.
The program offers on-campus and off-campus options (available in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Mobile). Both programs are completed in 10 months and combine supervised clinical practice with graduate coursework.
Students completing the UAB Dietetic Internship are eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Some graduates of the program choose to complete the M.S. in Clinical Nutrition degree requirements.
UAB Dietetic Internship
PROGRAM PHILOSPHY/MISSION AND GOALS
Program Philosophy/Mission: To provide a Dietetic Internship Program based on current research and technology in nutrition care delivery, food service administration, and community nutrition with a health promotion/disease prevention or nutrition sciences research emphasis. A broad variety of educational methodologies will be used to develop an entry-level dietitian who can function in a variety of settings, recognizes the need for life-long learning, and can contribute to improved health care of individuals and groups in a cost effective manner.
The goals of the dietetic internship are:
- The program will prepare graduates to be competent entry level dietitians.
- The program will recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse and intellectually curious population of students.
- The program will prepare graduates who demonstrated a commitment to continued professional development.
- The program will prepare graduates who demonstrate commitment to community service.
- The program will prepare graduates who demonstrate ability to utilize current research in professional practice.
Dietetic Internship Program Curriculum
NTR 612 Research and Tech. Applications in Dietetics 3 hours
NTR 604 Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support 3 hours
NTR 589 Internship Practicum 9 hours
NTR 611 Advanced Foodservice Systems Management 3 hours
NTR 601 Advanced Medical Nutrition 3 hours
NTR 589 Internship Practicum 10 hours
NTR 589 Internship Practicum 5 hours
For more information, go to Dietetic Internship Resources page for application information, policy and procedure manuals.