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 prepare students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists 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 graduates 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, program completion rates, postgraduate education achievement, and job attainment for those graduates who do not continue their education immediately past graduation will be tracked

  2. To provide graduates with a strong curriculum in metabolism, normal, clinical and community nutrition, nutrition education and food service management including skills in critical thinking and problem solving to prepare them for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists and for graduate study in nutrition or related fields.
    • Outcome measures: The preparation of graduates in curriculum course content and professional characteristics will be assessed, the application and acceptance rates to supervised practice programs will be tracked, and the one-year pass rate on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists will be tracked.

Program outcomes data is available upon request.