Program philosophy

The OSUDI was created to reflect the AND philosophy that “Education is a dynamic and complex process that translates the theoretical and ideal into actual application and practice.” The program builds from knowledge level to skill acquisition as interns follow assignments beginning with didactic activities and then proceed to supervised practice rotations.

The engagement of the several rotation sites allows for a progression within diverse settings serving varied populations from theory to practice for clients of different ages and with different needs. In addition the program strives to foster professional development of interns that exhibit leadership and excellence within the profession.

Concentration area

The two concentrations, one in senior nutrition care and the other in community nutrition and preventive practice reflect OSUDI’s program goals. As healthcare shifts away from acute care models and practitioners build practice skills in delivery of long term coordinated care, home care, and organizations rotations with healthcare services outside of acute care centers are needed.

Likewise, dietetics practitioners are being trained to provide expanded nutrition services in community organizations and wellness programs that emphasize prevention of chronic diseases.

This internship includes current rotations at Capital Manor Retirement Community, Providence Benedictine Nursing Home and with consultants in long term care, USDA Extension agencies, patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs), college healthcare center, university dining, and school lunch programs.

Community sites emphasize behavior change and development of strategies to encourage healthy eating. The need for trained dietetic professionals in long-term care and in prevention is evident in our changing demographics.

Program mission, goals & graduate outcomes

The mission of the OSUDI is to provide a challenging supervised practice program that mentors and trains the next generation of dietetic professionals who are prepared to specialize in elderly nutrition services and care, and preventive healthcare in community health and other settings. This mission is consistent with the OSU mission to serve the people of Oregon, the nation and the world through education, research and service.

The OSUDI has a goal of facilitating the development of entry level RDs through the integration of the dietetics competencies from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Educational Requirements and Standards 2012. Interns are developed to readily make application of theory to practice in a variety of settings.

The OSUDI Program Goals include:

  1. The Program will prepare graduates to be practitioners that are competent and competitive in the marketplace and interested in pursuing employment in senior care and community based nutrition service organizations.
  2. The Program will prepare graduates to assume roles of leadership in their careers and profession.
  3. The Program will prepare graduates who provide service to their profession and to their communities.

Non-discrimination policy

It is the policy of the OSUDI to not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, color, creed or nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, Veteran’s status or otherwise consistent with Oregon State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion policies which are similar to the non-discrimination policies of all participating facilities and rotation sites in the Internship. This policy applies to all program aspects including intern selection, faculty, evaluation, discipline and grievance.