Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Francene Steinberg & Joan Frank

Clinical Nutrition program is first step toward becoming a Registered Dietitian

"Dietetics is at the center of many overlapping domains of knowledge," says Dr. Francene Steinberg, Professor of Nutrition. With assistance from Joan Frank, Dr. Steinberg directs the Didactic Program in Dietetics, which forms the core of the Clinical Nutrition course work. The program, fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, is the first step toward becoming a Registered Dietitian, and covers nutrition science, food science, medical nutrition therapy, human physiology, public health and wellness, business and food service management, the social sciences and general education courses. Future dietitians at Davis are taught by the country’s best nutrition scientists. "We place great emphasis on rigorous science courses," Dr. Steinberg says. "It´s a definite benefit of studying here."

The mission of the UC Davis DPD is to provide the academic background for advancement in the field of dietetics and for graduate study in nutrition or related fields. The program prepares highly trained nutrition scholars for positions of leadership in health care, education, government, community health and professional organizations. The program is dedicated to excellence in advancing nutrition knowledge, fostering principles of life-long learning, and service to people and society.

The goals of the program are:

  1. To provide students with a high-quality broad-based education that prepares responsible individuals who will contribute to meeting the nutrition, food and health needs of society.
    • Outcome measures: The number of clinical nutrition graduates, verification statements issued, and the program completion rates will be tracked
  2. To provide a foundation in the physical, biological, and social sciences, plus principles of education and management, that will serve as a basis for a knowledge of nutrition science; and to provide a strong curriculum in metabolism, normal, clinical and community nutrition, nutrition education and food service management.
    • Outcome measures: The preparation of students in curriculum course content will be assessed, and the pass rate of 1st time test takers of the Registration Examination will be tracked
  3. To provide a foundation of skills in critical thinking, problem solving and principles of life-long learning which will make it possible for students to use the knowledge and skills gained during their education.
    • Outcome measures: The preparation of students in professional characteristics will be assessed, and job attainment for those students who do not continue their education immediately past graduation will be tracked
  4. To provide academic and career preparation that enhances a graduate’s opportunities for placement in supervised practice programs and graduate study, and which supports successful performance in such programs.
    • Outcome measures: The participation of students in experiential learning opportunities will be tracked, and postgraduate education achievement will be assessed

Program outcomes data is available upon request.