Program Description

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Mission and Goals

The Coordinated Master’s Program (CMP) develops entry level registered dietitian nutritionists who are prepared to practice clinical and community nutrition and advance the science and practice of dietetics in the fields of:

1) Nutrition Education and Research and

2) Sports Nutrition.

The program take two years to complete and will prepare graduates of all tracks and concentrations to progress to leadership roles in nutrition and dietetics.

Graduates of this program, which is accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, have an exceptionally high pass rate on the national exam for registered dietitians.

For specific program objectives for the CMP program, see the 2018-2019 CMP Handbook (PDF)

Nutrition & Dietetics Employment Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in nutrition and dietetics are expected to increase about 20 percent through the year 2020. The median annual wage of dietitians and nutritionists was $53,250 in May 2010. For more information about careers in nutrition and dietetics visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Professional Exam Pass Rates & Employment

The dietetics program has a completion rate of 98 percent over the past four years. Registered dietitian exam pass rates have been excellent. Our students have a 89 percent first time pass rate and a 95 percent pass rate in the first year post-graduation.

Over the past five years, 98 percent of our students have found employment in the field of dietetics shortly after graduation.

Outcomes data available upon request.

Accreditation

The program is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly called the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (formerly the American Dietetic Association), accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or (RDN). The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics can be reached at: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800/877-1600, ext. 5400. 

Ten-Year Graduate School Review

In 2015, the Nutrition and Integrative Physiology (NUIP) graduate programs successfully completed a ten-year graduate school review. Reviewers internal and external to the university reviewed a self-study prepared by NUIP and each performed a site visit.

Reviewers noted the quality teaching, research, and service provided by the department; the high morale of the faculty; and the valuable learning outcomes and outcomes assessments designed by the department.

The University of Utah is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the US Department of Education.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Program graduates will demonstrate a mastery of key concepts in the following areas of nutrition: medical nutrition therapy, nutrition biochemistry, micronutrient metabolism, macronutrient metabolism, nutrition assessment and research methods, nutrition programs & policy, nutrition and health communications, the broad aspects of food and food systems, and nutrition counseling techniques.
  2. Program graduates will integrate scientific information and research into practice.
  3. Program graduates will use effective nutrition communication skills including written reports, consumer and professional presentations, multimedia approaches, individual consultation, technical research formats, medical charting techniques and successful interactions with healthcare teams.
  4. Program graduates will practice dietetics using the nutrition care process model.
  5. Program graduates will apply professional, scientific and patient/family ethics in their professional careers.
  6. Program graduates will demonstrate cultural competence in providing nutrition information and care, including knowledge of multicultural food practices, community programs and disparities in food, nutrition and healthcare.
  7. Program graduates will employ their leadership skills and verbalize the desire for continuing education and professional growth.
  8. Program graduates will be prepared to pass the national registration examination for dietitians.

Contact Us

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs.
Phone: 801-581-6730
Email: carisse.winegar@utah.edu

Jean Zancanella, MS, RD
Graduate Advisor
Phone: 801-581-5280
Email: jean.zancanella@hsc.utah.edu

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Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South RIverside Plaza Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 ext. 5400

ACEND Accreditation