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MSDI Curriculum

Combined Internship and Masters Track

Overview updated curriculum beginning Fall 2019

  • 32 credit hours (26 credits course work, plus 6 credits project hours)
  • Requirement 1 Core Dietetics Courses: Complete the following courses for 13 credits: NDFS 620R (4 credits) includes 1200 hours of supervised practice, 621, 622, 637, 638, 691R (1 credit)
  • Requirement 2 Core Statistics Courses: Complete one of the following courses for 3 credits: STATS 511, CPSE/IP&T 651 or HLTH 604
  • Requirement 3 Project: Complete 6 credits of NDFS 698R including project proposal, implementation of project, and final project report.
  • Requirement 4 Electives: Choose a minimum of 10 credits from NDFS courses or other project related courses.

Verification Statement: To receive the Commission on Dietetic Registration required verification statement (showing eligibility to take the examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists) interns must be granted the master's degree and complete all internship supervised practice rotations, graduate courses, and project with performance meeting the levels specified in the intern handbook.

Requirement 1 Core Dietetics Courses:

Complete the following courses (13 credits)

  • NDFS 620R Supervised Practice Experience, (4 credits) includes 1200 hours of supervised practice
  • NDFS 621 Clinical Practice in Dietetics, (2 credits)
  • NDFS 622 Food Systems Management, (2 credits)
  • NDFS 637 Advanced Management in Dietetics, (2 credits)
  • NDFS 638 Advanced Clinical Nutrition, (2 credits)
  • NDFS 691R Graduate Seminar, (minimum 1 credit, maximum of 2 credits count toward 32 credits)

Requirement 2 Core Statistics Course:

Complete one of the following courses (3 credits)

  • STATS 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1 (3 credits)
  • CPSE/IP&T 651 Statistic 1: Foundations (3 credits)
  • HLTH 604 Principles of Biostatistics (3 credits)

Requirement 3 Project:

Complete 6 credit hours

  • NDFS 698R (6 credits)

Requirement 4 Electives:

Complete 10 credits from the following NDFS courses or other project related university courses

  • NDFS 435 Nutritional Biochemistry (4 credits)
  • NDFS 601 Advanced Human Nutrition 1 (3 credits)
  • NDFS 602 Advanced Human Nutrition 2 (3 credits)
  • NDFS 631R Special Topics (v)
  • NDFS 631R Diabetes (2 credits)
  • NDFS 631R Current Controversies (2 credits)
  • NDFS 631R International Nutrition (2 credits)
  • NDFS 631R Protein (2 credits)
  • NDFS 632 Diet and Cancer (2 credits)
  • NDFS 633 Maternal/Child Nutrition &Health (2 credits)
  • NDFS 634 Nutrition Education (2 credits)
  • NDFS 635 Advanced Topics Human Obesity (2 credits)
  • Course from other departments related to project (credits vary)

Sample Course Schedule

Fall 1 and Winter 1 courses must be followed as indicated by the Dietetic Internship Director and are generally as shown below, remaining semesters courses are flexible. Consult with your graduate advisor for coursework plans beyond internship portion. A minimum of two full-time semesters or terms is required (8.5 credits per semester or 4.5 credits per term).

SemesterCourseCredits
Fall 1 NDFS 620R: Supervised Practice Experience 2
NDFS 621: Clinical Practice in Dietetics2
NDFS 622: Food Systems Management Practice in Dietetics2
Semester Total: 6
Winter 1NDFS 620R: Supervised Practice Experience 2
NDFS 637: Advanced Management in Dietetics 2
NDFS 638: Advanced Clinical Nutrition 2
Semester Total: 6
Spring/SummerElective2-4
Elective or Statistics3
Semester Total: 5-7
Fall 2 NDFS 691: Graduate Seminar 0.5
NDFS 698R: Project 2
Elective2-4
Elective or Statistics3
Semester Total: 7.5-9.5
Winter 2 NDFS 691: Graduate Seminar 0.5
NDFS 698R: Project 2
Elective2-4
Elective or Statistics3
Semester Total: 7.5-9.5
Spring/Summer 2NDFS 698R: Project2
Semester Total: 2

Accreditation

Brigham Young University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. They can be contacted at:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190,Chicago, IL 60606-6995,(312) 899-0040 ext 5400https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend