The University of Illinois Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will provide high quality education with cutting edge food and nutrition research along with communication skills to promote healthy food and nutrition practices.
This is compatible with the overall goal of the department's mission: to implement education, research and outreach programs designed to provide a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply that enhances human health; and the mission of the College of ACES: to enhance the quality of life for people and communities through teaching, research and outreach programs focused on human activity, food, fiber, and natural resource systems.
University of Illinois Didactic Program in Dietetics Goals
1. Promote the RD credential and the roles of the RD.
≥85% graduates are placed into dietetic internships (DI)
>90% first time pass rate in the RD exam
2. Provide students with a strong foundation in the basic science, research and application of nutrition, food science and management areas for supervised practice or graduate school.
>80% of alumni will rate program as meeting needs for DI or graduate school
>90% of DI directors or supervisors rate graduates as satisfactory or more than satisfactory
3. Encourage continued professional development in students in maintaining competence in their area of practice and providing leadership.
>90% of alumni rate program as preparing them for career (job placement)
Alumni involved in professional positions or advanced training