In accordance with the Standards of Practice of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), as well as the mission and purpose of Meredith College and the John E. Weems Graduate School, the philosophy of the internship program at Meredith is to build on the academic preparation of Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPD). It provides the education in clinical nutrition, public health, and food service management for entry-level dietitians as stated in the Standards of Education published by ACEND.
Interns will gain solid understanding and experience in normal and clinical nutrition, public heath nutrition, and food service management. They will apply nutritional principles to all stages of the life cycle, disease prevention, control of disease process, and restoration of health through effective communication and in the context of human relationships. The program, which admits qualified men and women, strives to create a supportive, diverse, and intellectually rigorous environment for dietetic education. Analytical and conceptual skills will be further developed through graduate coursework. Interns will develop the knowledge, skills and values that will prepare them to assume leadership roles and strive for professional competence, productivity, and service to society.
Program Goal 1: The program will produce competent graduates that are ready for entry-level positions in the field of nutrition/dietetics and/or advanced degree programs in nutrition, dietetics, or allied health fields.
Program Goal 2: The program will produce graduates that provide leadership and/or service professionally and to the community.