Students enrolled in the MSDI Program participate in supervised practice during the first year of the combined program. Supervised practice rotations provide students with experience in community, food service, clinical, and specialty practice settings. Students practice and apply principles and skills in dietetics and nutrition to real situations under the guidance of professionals in the field. Supervised practice generally occurs Tuesdays through Fridays each week throughout the Dietetic Internship part of the combined program.
Supervised practice experiences are coordinated with Monday didactic course topics. Generally, the supervised practice rotations at the beginning of the Dietetic Internship focus on nutrition education, public health, retail food service management, and patient food service management. Later in the program, rotations provide students with experience in basic clinical nutrition. Specialized dietetic practice and unique patient populations are addressed during the last supervised practice rotations. The Dietetic Internship Director and Administrative Coordinator make supervised practice rotation schedules for each individual student. Students are assigned to a primary placement site for the majority of their supervised practice; however, several external rotations give students the opportunity to experience working in a variety of other settings.
Primary Placement Sites for the MS/DI
- Oregon Health & Science University
- VA Portland Health Care System