You’ll gain two kinds of valuable professional experience in the Sargent College DPD/MS + DI program:  a 150-hour nutrition practicum and a 29-week Dietetic Internship.

Boston University offers an outstanding variety of affiliations for your practicum and internship sites. Besides the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in professional settings, these experiences help many students clarify their career goals.

Nutrition Practicum:  HS811

HS811 is a four-credit course in which you will spend a minimum of 150 hours working with a Registered Dietitian (RD) or other health care professional. The affiliations are designed to provide practical, hands-on experiences in the profession of nutrition—an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a variety of professional settings. The practicum is also an ideal opportunity to begin exploring the numerous career opportunities in nutrition.
Students in the past have spent their practicum in many different environments including education, public health and research. These include:

  • BU Nutrition & Fitness Center
  • Boston Medical Center General Research Center
  • Breastfeeding Center at Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital General Research Center
  • DASH for Health
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Gold’s Gym
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • Joslin Clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham
  • Massachusetts General Hospital General Research Center
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Management Center
  • Newton South High School
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Shriver Center
  • USDA, Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts
  • US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Military Nutrition Division
  • UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program

Note: Students who are admitted into Sargent College routinely participate in clinical education experiences as a part of the respective program curricula. Most clinical education facilities require criminal background checks to determine students’ eligibility for participation. History of a criminal background may disqualify students from participating in these experiences which are required for successful completion of the degree program.

Students may have to provide documentation of medical exams or immunizations before clinical education experiences.