Academics / Academic Programs

Didactic Program in Dietetics / Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetic Internship

Program Director:

Shelly DeBiasse, PhD, RDN617-358-5479

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This program is for students without undergraduate backgrounds in nutrition who want to complete the didactic requirements (DPD) for credentialing as a Registered Dietitian, a graduate-level academic program (MS) in nutrition and an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI).

The DPD/MS Program

The DPD/MS is a five-semester program. The DPD courses are those required for earning the title of Registered Dietitian. All DPD food and nutrition courses must be completed with a minimum grade of  C. After you satisfactorily complete all DPD courses you will receive a DPD verification statement.

The MS program will prepare you to critically evaluate and implement the results of current research, solve problems and communicate effectively. You’ll study with faculty involved in research, education, administration, professional practice, communication and consulting. The MS degree requires a minimum of 33 graduate credits, completed with a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.

As part of your program, you will develop a research proposal and complete an individually designed practicum. Practicum sites have included an eating disorders clinic, a nutrition support team at a large urban hospital, a private practice focused on nutrition for athletes, a clinical research center at a large teaching hospital, an outpatient cardiovascular clinic at a suburban teaching hospital and the offices of a nationally distributed nutrition newsletter.

In the Required Courses section, courses are classified based upon whether they meet DPD requirements, MS requirements or both.

After satisfactory completion of the five-semester DPD/MS program, you will receive a DPD verification statement and be awarded an MS degree. You can then apply to, and will be pre-selected into, the DI program. If you choose to accept the DI appointment, you cannot participate in the AND National Computer Match.

The Dietetic Internship Program

The DI, a 29-week, full-time, six-credit course, begins in either January or June following successful completion of the DPD/MS.

The DI has clinical sites at major teaching and community hospitals in the greater Boston area, which offer  excellent opportunities for you to observe and participate in a wide variety of specialties such as nutrition support, pediatrics, oncology, nephrology, cardiology, diabetes, surgical care, out-patient counseling, food service, and management.

After satisfactorily completing the DI, which includes documentation of the completion of dietetic competencies and the MS/DI program evaluation, you will receive the DI verification statement and be eligible to take the registration exam.

The DPD and the DI are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the AND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995; Telephone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

The 29-week, six-credit DI requires tuition payment. You must also pay a nonrefundable $1,000 fee to your internship site during the first two weeks of the DI. A car may be necessary to get to the DI site, as some sites are approximately 40 miles from Boston.

Learning Outcomes

Our curriculum is guided by the achievement of specific learning outcomes. At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Conduct an effective dietary counseling session.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret current research in nutrition and health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design research studies to answer current and relevant questions.