Ohio University

Program Details

Mission

The mission of Ohio University's Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program is to provide a distinctive program that integrates theory, research and practice to prepare quality, entry-level registered dietitians who will advance the practice of dietetics and improve the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

Program Goal 1:

The Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship at Ohio University will prepare quality, entry-level registered dietitians.

Objectives:

  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 24 months (150% of the program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, 80% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • 90% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion”.
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.   
  • 90% of employers who respond to the 1-year Employer Survey will perceive program graduates as functioning as quality, entry-level registered dietitian, as evidenced by an average of three-out-of-five or higher on the related question.
  • 90% of program graduates who complete the 1-year Graduate Survey will perceive themselves to be functioning as quality, entry-level registered dietitians, as evidenced by an average of three-out-of-five or higher on the related question.

Program Goal 2:

Graduates will become active in professional organizations.

Objectives:

  • 60% of program graduates who complete the 1-year Graduate Survey will be a member of a professional organization one year after graduation.

Program Goal 3:

Graduates will participate in activities that will enhance the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

Objectives: 

  • 80% of program graduates who complete the 1-year Graduate Survey, will have participated in an activity related to promoting health and wellness in their community within one year of graduation.

Program Concentration

The program concentration is community health and wellness. This concentration will be tied throughout your graduate classes and internship rotations to ensure all interns graduate with diverse experiences and skills in community wellness.

Program Costs

Note:  These costs include all costs for all 4 semesters

Summary of Intern Program Costs*  
Tuition / General Fees

19,228 - Ohio Resident

35,212 - Non-Resident

Program Fee 1,680
Professional Memberships   150
Transportation  varies
Textbooks   100
Drug Screen    75
Background Check    50
Lab Coat Internship provides
Professional Liability Internship provides
CDR Credentialing Review Exam Internship provides
Housing Varies
Total Estimated Ohio Resident Cost 21,283
Total Estimated Non-Resident Cost 37,267

*Costs are projections; there may be adjustments to costs

More information is available on the Office of the Bursar’s website: https://www.ohio.edu/sites/default/files/sites/bursar/GDT/College-of-Health-Science-and-Professions/Dietetics-Internship-MS6473.pdf

Financial Aid

Information on financial aid and scholarships can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Academic and Program Calendar

The Ohio University MSDI Program follows the Ohio University official academic calendar for all graduate classes. The current calendar can be found at: https://www.ohio.edu/registrar/calendar.cfm. Interns will not attend graduate classes during University breaks or officially observed holidays.

MSDI supervised practice rotation schedules are independent of the Ohio University Academic Calendar. Interns will be expected to work when their preceptors are working, which may include some weekends, holidays and evenings.

Interns will start boot camp approximately one week prior to the official start of classes their first semester in the program. Subsequent semesters, supervised practice schedules will start and end on the first/last day of the semester. Interns will not be assigned any rotations during the Ohio University Winter Break.

Requirements to Become a Registered Dietitian

To become a registered dietitian, one must complete all of the following:

  1. Complete a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college and Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) course work approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  2. Complete a dietetic internship accredited by ACEND.
  3. Pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  4. Once you've obtained the registered dietitian credential, an RD must complete continuing professional education requirements to maintain registration.

The Ohio University Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program fulfills the above requirement for completing a dietetic internship accredited by ACEND.

Dietitian Licensure in Ohio

Registered Dietitians are required to be licensed in the state of Ohio to practice dietetics. The State Medical Board of Ohio manages licensure of dietitians in the state of Ohio. If you plan to practice out of state, please reference the State Licensure Agency List on the Commission on Dietetic Registration website for additional information.