The mission of the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion Dietetic Internship Program is to produce professional dietitians who serve the public by providing comprehensive nutrition services and nutrition education.
Community/Public Health nutrition is the branch of dietetics that defines the public's nutrition related problems, then analyzes and treats those problems. The dietitian in Community/Public Health Nutrition is a member of a team of health professionals who study community health problems. As a member of the team, the dietitian/nutritionist integrates knowledge in all areas of dietetics to:
- Assess the nutritional needs of individuals and groups
- Educate individuals and families of all socioeconomic levels in communities, public and private agencies and institutions on the importance of the prevention and treatment of nutrition problems
- Plan, implement and evaluate the nutrition component of international, national and local health services programs
- Develop/update policies and standards for nutrition services
- Perform research and collect data
- Participate in nutrition surveillance and surveys
- Provide consultation
- Advocate legislation on current political nutrition issues
The Dietetic Internship Program is currently under revision.