Mission & Goals

What Are the Mission & Goals of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship?


The mission of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship program is "To provide a quality public health/community nutrition education program through which dietetic interns develop the skills to translate nutrition theory and knowledge into effective application and practice to meet the needs of a diverse population. Planned experience and educational opportunities of the internship will prepare program graduates to sit for the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians and enter the profession as entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists."

Goals of the Dietetic Internship:


  • Prepare quality graduates who have met the core competencies as defined by ACEND and public health concentration competencies to take the CDR Registration Examination for Dietitians.

    Outcome Measurement:
    • At least 80% of interns will successfully complete the Dietetic Internship.
    • At least 80% of graduates will take the CDR credentialing exam within 12 months of completing the program.
    • At least 80% of graduates will pass the CDR credentialing exam within one year of their first attempt.
    • At least 70% of graduates seeking employment will have obtained employment in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of completing the program.
  • Prepare graduates to meet employer expectations as entry-level practitioners.

    Outcome Measurement:
    • 80% or more of employers will evaluate graduates as good or excellent in the overall preparedness for entry-level practice, professionalism, communication, collaboration/compatibility, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Contribute to diversity in the dietetics profession by increasing the number of multicultural and bilingual graduates.

    Outcome Measurement:
    • No less than 20% of interns will be ethnically and culturally diverse.
    • No less than 20% of interns will be bilingual.
Outcomes data available upon request.