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Program Mission

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at The University of Texas at Austin is to provide excellent academic preparation of students for admission to dietetic internships and/or graduate school through integration of science-oriented education and professional preparation for dietetics practice. This program seeks to develop in students an awareness of economic, social, cultural and psychological influences on behavior necessary for promotion and maintenance of nutritional well-being among individuals and groups in the community.  Guidance in critical thinking and evidence-based analysis of current research are combined with scientific and managerial principles to promote skills needed to create and evaluate sound nutritional care.

Program Goal 1: To prepare graduates with strong academic preparation for admission to supervised practice programs and /or graduate school.


  1. Ninety percent of University of Texas at Austin DPD students entering junior year will complete the program within 4 years.
  2. Over a five-year period, 60% of DPD graduates will apply for a dietetic internship or other supervised practice programs within 12 months of program completion.
  3. 70% of program graduates are will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of program completion.
  4. Ninety percent of DPD graduates enrolled in a dietetic internship will rate their preparation in various nutrition and food service skills as “satisfactory” (3 or above on a 5 point scale) in seven measures.
  5. Ninety percent of dietetic internship directors will rate DPD graduates as “satisfactory” (3 or above on a 5 point scale).
  6. Ninety percent of DPD graduates accepted to an SPP with a combined Master’s degree will be accepted into the graduate program as well as the SPP.

Program Goal 2: Prepare students with to be successful active entry-level dietetics and dietetics-related professionals within their communities.


  1. 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%.
  2. Mean scaled score of graduates sitting for the Registration Examination for Dietitians will be above the national mean for the total exam, and the nutrition and foodservice management sections.
  3. Over a five year period 60% of alumni survey respondents will indicate that they are employed in a dietetics or dietetics-related job.
  4. Over a five year period 60% of alumni survey respondents will indicate that they are active in local professional organizations.

Annual program outcome data is available upon request.