DPD Mission, Goals and Objectives

The DPD provides a rigorous University-based liberal education and an equally rigorous dietetics curriculum.  The DPD faculty believe that the University’s status as a major, land-grant university effectively packages the resources and strengths of its arts and sciences. This, combined with the strengths and expertise within the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, provides excellent undergraduate preparation to meet the core knowledge delineated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for entry-level dietitians.

The DPD training includes a strong science component of biological sciences, chemistry, and biochemistry courses appropriate for admission to graduate school.  A liberal arts core and specialized courses in nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, food science, menu planning, and foodservice management provide depth and breadth.

As a program within a land-grant institution, its philosophy includes meeting the needs of a wide variety of students, some who follow non-traditional routes and some who select career paths other than becoming Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.


The mission of the University of Minnesota DPD is to prepare students for entry into and successful completion of supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, a variety of employment opportunities related to food and nutrition, or graduate/professional programs.

Goals and Objectives 

1.   Provide a high quality undergraduate university education and advising support that facilitates our graduates to gain entry into accredited supervised practice, post-baccalaureate graduate/professional programs and/or the workforce in food, nutrition or health related fields.

To help achieve this goal, the aim of the program is that:

    • 60% of the DPD graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation
    • The one-year pass rate (for graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of the first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
    • At least 80% of DPD students are expected to complete the program requirements within 1.5 years after completion of FSCN 4667 – Senior Seminar for the DPD course

2.   Provide the education and guidance to create graduates who are successful in their future endeavors.

To help achieve this goal, the aim of the program is that:

    • Supervised program directors who respond to our surveys will state “agree” or “strongly agree” to greater than 50% of questions regarding our graduate’s high level of preparation of our supervised practice
    • 75% of respondents to the DPD alumni survey will indicate that their education at the U of MN prepared them somewhat or extremely well for their current position
    • 40% of DPD graduates will be admitted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation

Graduate Outcomes 

  • Pass rate on the RDN exam for first time test takers has been consistently greater than 95%.
  • DPD graduates who complete a Dietetic Internship and pass the RDN exam typically obtain work as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist within one year of graduation.
  • The DPD graduates are highly regarded by employers in the Twin Cities metropolitan area; the majority of the DPD graduates obtain employment in the nutrition field within one year of graduation.  Places of employment generally include hospitals, long term care facilities, WIC clinics, and food and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Many of the DPD graduates are successful in competing for placement in graduate and professional programs.


NOTE: Additional outcome data available upon request by contacting dpd@umn.edu.