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.

Mission

The mission of the DPD at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, a land-grant institution situated in a culturally rich urban environment, is 1) 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 and 2) to produce critically-minded professionals who value life-long learning and evidence-based interprofessional practice, while effectively working across difference within a variety of settings in a diverse world.

Goals and Objectives

Goal #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.

  • Objective a. 60% of the DPD graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective b. 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%.
  • Objective c. At least 80% of program students complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • Objective d. At least 75% of respondents to the DPD alumni survey will have initiated or completed an accredited supervised practice program, a graduate or professional program and/or entered into the food, nutrition, and/or health-related workforce.

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

  • Objective a. 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.
  • Objective b. 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.
  • Objective c. 40% of DPD graduates will be admitted into a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective d. 75% of respondents to the DPD alumni survey who indicate they are working in a food, nutrition, and/or health-related field will indicate that their education at the U of MN prepared them somewhat or extremely well to work in an interprofessional environment.
  • Objective e. 75% of respondents to the DPD alumni survey who indicate they are working in a food, nutrition, and/or health-related field will indicate that their education at the U of MN prepared them somewhat or extremely well to work in diverse work settings.

 

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