2020-21 Dietetic interns gather for a group picture.
Viterbo's dietetic internship is open to students who have completed the knowledge requirements as defined by the 2017 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Standards of Education as part of a DPD program and who have completed a bachelor's degree. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
With the dietetics industry requiring a master's degree for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) roles by 2024, Viterbo University’s Dietetic Internship is pleased to offer the option of completing your Masters in Community Medical Dietetics concurrently with the internship program.
The dietetic internship at Viterbo is based on the 2017 Accreditation Council's Standards of Education with an additional community nutrition concentration. This emphasis allows dietetic interns to gain additional skills in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention through nutrition.
Philosophy of the Community-Medical Dietetic Internship
Health care is a dynamic, changing part of our society, and dietetics, as an integral component of the health care system, is a changing profession. One of the important changes that have taken place in the last few years is the growing importance of prevention and not just treatment of disease. There is an amazing growth of outpatient clinics, public health agencies, and health education programs aimed at prevention of disease and promotion of general “good health.”
There is, therefore, a growing need to provide comprehensive nutritional care for communities. Nutritional care that continues over time, after a patient has been released from the hospital; nutritional care that is close at hand; nutritional care of a general nature aimed at large population groups; and nutritional care provided by a dietitian who can bring personal support and science-based expertise to bear on nutritional problems.
The curriculum of the Viterbo dietetic internship combines knowledge and skills of both the hospital and community dietitian to meet societal demands for comprehensive nutritional care. A graduate of the program is a professional member of the health care team, and as a professional person has been trained to make decisions based upon a body of current scientific knowledge and acquired skills.
For more information or to schedule a visit:
Maria Morgan-Bathke, MBA, PhD, RD, CD, FAND
Assistant Professor, Director Dietetic Internship
Nutrition and Dietetics Department
Toll free 1-800-VITERBO, ext. 3660