Nutrition

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND NURSING

Didactic Program in Dietetics Mission Statement


The mission of the DPD is in line with the mission of the Department of Nutrition that meets the Standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The DPD includes an extensive study in nutrition and dietetics, as well as a broad liberal arts and science education that provides a strong foundation for students to develop intellectual awareness, cultural appreciation and social responsibility. The program also provides innovative academic opportunities to assist students in developing critical thinking and effective communication skills. The program’s goals aim to prepare students for supervised practice, ultimately leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists. In addition, emphasis is placed on life-long learning as a means for dietetics professionals to remain informed and knowledgeable in an evolving profession.

  • Program Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates who will have a broad educational background in communication, the physical and biological sciences, the social sciences, research, food, nutrition and resource management that will lead to careers in foods, nutrition and dietetics.
    • Objective 1: Over a 3-year period, 85% of junior students are expected to complete the program within 150% (3 years) of the time planned for completion (expected completion is 2 years).  
    • Objective 2: Over a 3-year period, the pass rate for DPD graduates taking the registration examination for dietitians within one year following first attempt will be a least 80%.
    • Objective 3: Sixty percent of the DPD graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective 4: Eighty percent of the DPD graduates applying to supervised practice programs will be accepted within 12 months of graduation.
    • Objective 5: Over a 3-year period, DI program directors will report an average of 3 on a 4-point scale that LIU Post DPD graduates are well prepared for the DI in all subject areas.
    • Objective 6: Over a 3-year period, 1-year alumni respondents who are currently in a DI and who complete the will report that they were academically “very well prepared” (score = 5) or “well prepared” (score = 4) for the DI.
  • Program Goal 2: Prepare graduates to incorporate evidenced-based research, guidelines, and recommendations through life-long learning to function effectively in an interprofessional setting for the practice of nutrition and dietetics while exhibiting social responsibility and cultural appreciation.
    • Objective 1: Over a 3-year period, 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that evidence-based research, guidelines, and recommendations were incorporated in the curriculum.
    • Objective 2: Over a 3-year period, 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that the program prepared them to function effectively (at least 4- on a 5-point scale) in an interprofessional setting.
    • Objective 3: Over a 3-year period, 50% of respondents who completed the survey will apply and be accepted to graduate school.
    • Objective 4: Over a 3-year period, 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that the program prepared them to practice social responsibility (at least 4- on a 5-point scale).
    • Objective 5: Over a 3-year period, 85% of 1-year alumni respondents who complete the survey, will report that the program prepared them for practice in culturally diverse settings (at least 4- on a 5-point scale).

Program information and outcome achievement data are available from the Program Director, Dr. Jodi Wright (Jodi.wright@liu.edu) upon request.