Combined MS & DI

Lucy and Emily on SkybridgeThe Master of Science/Dietetic Internship program allows students to complete the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetic Internship simultaneously. The Master of Science in Human Nutrition is a thesis-based degree.

The goal of the MS/DI program is to train dietetic professionals in the methods, implementation and interpretation of nutrition science, and to apply and advance the field of nutrition through research, clinical, management or community areas of practice. 

Dietetic Internship courses and supervised practice rotations are completed during the first year while the master's coursework is completed throughout the two year program. The internship portion of the program provides students with the supervised practice experience needed to fulfill the competencies for dietitians established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition (ACEND). The internship portion of the program includes 1,235 hours of supervised practice in rotations sites in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding area. The supervised practice component of the program consists of approximately 32 hours of supervised practice experiences (Tuesday through Friday) and 4-7 hours of didactic instructions on Mondays. The program provides a concentration area in Community Outreach.

The MS/DI program may be completed in eight to nine quarters depending on the thesis project. Some students complete the program in nine to ten quarters. The MS/DI students complete a majority of their supervised practice rotations at the VA Portland Health Care System and at OHSU Hospital & Clinics on the main OHSU campus.

Graduation and Verification Requirements

Students must pass all of the courses required for the Combined MS/DI program and successfully complete each of the supervised practice rotations. Please see the Course Schedule tab and the GPHN Student Handbook for course requirements for the Combined MS/DI program. Students who successfully complete the MS/DI program receive a verification statement signed by the DI Director. Upon completion of all program requirements and the conferring of the graduate degree, exit paperwork is processed and submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) for the student to be granted eligibility to sit for the registration examination for Registered Dietitians (RD). State licensure and state certification are entirely separate and distinct from registration or certification by the CDR. Information on Oregon state licensure can be found at the Health Licensing Office of Oregon website.



The Dietetic Internship program prepares graduates to deliver evidence-based nutrition care and dietetics services to improve the health of Oregonians and individuals living throughout the United States. We foster the pursuit of excellence in dietetic interns through the provision of a wide array of experiences in professional leadership and practice to be carried forward into their careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Program Goals and Objectives

Goal #1

To prepare graduates for competitive entry-level positions in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


  • Over a five-year period, 90% of interns enrolled in the DI will complete the program within 16 months, which is 150% of the program duration.
  • Over a five-year period, 75% of interns enrolled in the combined MS/DI will complete the program within 36 months, which is 150% of the program duration.
  • 90% of graduates will pass the national Registration Examination for Dietitians on initial attempt.
  • 80% of graduates will obtain employment in the field of dietetics within one year of graduation.
  • 50% of employers will rate our graduates as either superior or above average in comparison to employees of similar age, education, experience and responsibility.

Goal #2

To foster professional leadership and specialty practice skills in graduates.


  • 50% of graduates will report on follow-up surveys that they have assumed a leadership role in their place of employment, or a volunteer organization and/or local, state, or national professional organization within five years of graduation. This may include, but is not limited to, serving on a workplace or volunteer organization committee, task force, board of directors, or obtaining a management position.
  • 25% of graduates will report on follow-up surveys that they have obtained or are working towards obtaining one or more specialty certification(s) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or other certification from an accredited professional organization, or a graduate degree from an accredited university within five years of graduation.
  • 50% of graduates will report on follow-up surveys that they have become a preceptor for one or more dietetic internship programs within five years of graduation.

Outcome data available upon request.