Dietetic Internship Program

UHCMC Dietetic Institute Class of 2017-18

University Hospitals Dietetic Internship Program Provides Comprehensive Clinical and Research Training

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s accredited Dietetic Internship Program, the second oldest program in the nation, is recognized for providing graduates with a solid background in the field. Upon completing the program, graduates will be effectively prepared to pursue positions as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs). In addition, UH Dietetic Internship Program has a strong ability to provide each student with the foundation of research processes and applications.

The UH Cleveland Medical Center accredited Dietetic Internship Program was founded in 1933. In 1965, the dietetic internship linked with the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to form the Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program.

Dietetic Internship Program’s Mission Statement

Graduates of the program will be adequately prepared to pursue positions as entry level registered dietitians. They will be able to begin a professional practice with a solid background encompassing the breadth of the field of dietetics. Their depth of knowledge will allow them to provide quality of service, effectively apply knowledge, and provide a continuous systemic approach to evaluating outcomes. The graduate will be able to base their practice on significant scientific principles and best evidence.

Our program offers a unique variety of educational experiences in a diverse environment and provides interns with the following:

  • A pediatric experience at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (ranked as one of the leading children's hospitals in the country)
  • A rotation in University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 36 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country)
  • Exposure to University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital (rated as one of America's 10 best maternity hospitals)
  • Intense acute care rotations

Starting Professional Practice

After graduation, our registered dietitian nutritionists can begin practice with a solid background encompassing the breadth of the field of dietetics. Their depth of knowledge will allow them to provide quality of service, effectively apply knowledge, and provide a continuous systemic approach to evaluating outcomes. The graduate will be able to base their practice on significant scientific principles and best evidence.

Strong Research Environment

The UH Dietetic Internship Program focuses on research processes and applications. The strong research environment provides students with many opportunities to expand and apply their research knowledge. Each student is paired with a research mentor during their coursework at Case Western Reserve University. The student and research mentor work together throughout the program to complete the competencies/learning outcomes for the concentration.

Combined Dietetic Internship Program/Master’s Degree Program

The Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program is 16 months. The first 11 months are devoted to completing the accredited Dietetic Internship Program and 14 hours of graduate school coursework. The remaining graduate school requirements are completed during the final months. This is a winning combination to have a Master’s Degree and registered dietitian nutritionist credentials at the end of the 16-month program and provides the student with a competitive edge when entering the job market for the first time.

The Dietetic Internship Program at University Hospitals provides a minimum of 1,587 hours of full-time scheduled supervised practice experience within a 49-week period. The program has an annual enrollment of five full-time interns.

Accreditation Status

The University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Dietetic Internship (DI) Program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.