Dietetics Mission and Goals

Dietetics at Illinois Venn Diagram

The University of Illinois Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will provide high quality, innovative food and nutrition education along with the necessary communication skills to prepare future entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to become leaders in the field promoting healthy food and nutrition practices across the United States and globally.

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.

Goals and Outcomes

Program Goals 5-year Outcome
1. To prepare students to be competent future entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.
≥85% graduates are placed into supervised practice programs 92%
>90% first time pass rate in the RDN exam 97%
2. Provide students with a strong foundation in the basic sciences, research and application of nutrition, food science and management areas to prepare them for supervised practice and graduate school.
>80% of alumni rate program as meeting needs for supervised practice or graduate school 96%
>90% of DI directors rate DPD graduates as satisfactory or more than satisfactory 93%
3. To prepare future registered dietitian nutritionists to become leaders in the field with a high level of professionalism.
>90% of alumni rate program as preparing them for career (job placement) 94%
>90% of dietetics work supervisors and DI directors rate dietetics student's leadership abilities as satisfactory or more than satisfactory 97%

Further outcome data for the Didactic Program in Dietetics are available upon request. To request data, please send a request to Ms. Justine Karduck at