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Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Human Nutrition is to prepare future dietitians and nutrition professionals to impact health through evidence-based dietetic practice.

DPD Mission Statement

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the Department of Human Nutrition is to prepare our students as future dietitians and nutrition professionals for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.

Program Goal 1

The BS/MS DPD program will prepare Human Nutrition students for supervised practice experiences to become entry level registered dietitian nutritionists by successfully completing the CDR credentialing exam.

Goal 1 Program Objectives

80% of Juniors and Graduate Students entering the program will complete the program in 3 years.
80% of graduates will apply to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
70% of program graduates will be admitted to supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.
75% of the DI Directors responding to a program survey will rate WU DPD graduates a minimum of 3 on a 4 point scale where 1=poor, 2=fair, 3=good and 4-excellent.

Program Goal 2

The program will prepare competent, diverse, registered dietitian nutritionists who will meet the employment needs in the South/North Carolina area as well as the southeast region and the nation by completing a supervised practice and passing the CDR credentialing exam.

Goal 2 Program Objectives
  1. 80% of the DPD graduates over a five-year period pass the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within one year following first attempt.
  2. 75% of employers of WU DPD graduates responding to surveys will rate graduates a minimum of a 4 on a 5-point scale, where 1=Strongly disagree, 2-Disagree, 3=Neutral, 4=Agree, and 5=Strongly Agree.
  3. 75% of WU DPD graduates will rate themselves on the DPD Graduate Survey on questions 7 and 8 will rate themselves a minimum of a 4 on a 5-point scale, where 1=Strongly disagree, 2-Disagree, 3=Neutral, 4=Agree, and 5=Strongly Agree.

Program Goal 3

Graduates of the DPD program will embrace lifelong learning and service to the profession.

Goal 3 Program Objectives
  1. 70% of the DPD graduates participate in some type of lifelong learning activity and state on the 3-year post-graduate survey they Agree or Strongly Agree that lifelong learning is an essential component of the dietetic profession.
  2. 25% of the DPD Graduates state on the 3-year post-graduate survey that they are participating in service to the profession such as, serving on district/state/national committees, precepting students and interns, volunteering, and performing other forms of community service.
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