I am an international student, what steps do I need to take to apply to the program?
Please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for information for international students. For the admission requirements for our program, visit our page on International Students. Please note that each international applicant must meet the stated requirements. GPHN does not offer conditional acceptance. What does the "ideal applicant" look like?
Ideal applicants to the DI must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale and strong grades in the professional and science DPD courses. The selection committee will review each application packet for evidence of prior work experience, significant volunteer activities that demonstrate the spirit of community involvement, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to the profession of nutrition and dietetics.
What is the Match Program and how does it work?
All applicants to the OHSU MSDI and DI must participate in computer matching through D&D Digital. For more information, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Computer Matching Policy and Procedure webpage and D&D Digital Do you require GRE scores for admission to the Dietetic Internship Graduate Certificate Program?
No, GRE scores are not required for the DI, but GRE scores are required for entry into any of the master's programs, including the MSDI. If I have a GRE score below the minimum required score, will my application still be considered for admission?
Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores of 153 (500 old scale), 148 (600 old scale) and 4.5 or above, respectively, will generally be considered acceptable for admission. Applicants with scores below those levels may still be considered dependent upon other application strengths; however those will require special review by the admissions committee. Please note the institutional code for OHSU is 4865 when sending your GRE scores to OHSU.
Please review our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information regarding tuition estimates, fees, financial aid, debt counseling, stipends, fellowships, and scholarships.
Will the program pay for my living costs or provide housing?
No, the program does not pay for living costs or provide housing. We encourage applicants to consult with OHSU Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid and student loans and to review the OHSU Housing and Relocation page for more information on housing.
Are dietetic interns at OHSU eligible for financial aid?
Yes, dietetic interns at OHSU are eligible for financial aid since they earn graduate credits throughout the program. The OHSU code for FAFSA Form is 004883.
Application instructions for the MSDI, DI, and MS or MCD programs can be found here.
Do I need a car?
Yes, you will need personal reliable transportation to and from rotations. Due to parking limitations on Marquam Hill, students are encouraged to use public transportation getting to and from the OHSU campus. More information is available through OHSU's Transportation and Parking office.
Where should I live?
Students often choose to find housing near their primary placement site to cut down on travel time during the bulk of their supervised practice rotation hours. We recommend that students keep in mind public transit options when considering housing for easy travel to campus on class days. This applies even more so to MSDI students who will be on campus more during the second year of the program.
OHSU Off-Campus Housing List
Where are your rotation sites located?
Supervised practice rotations are located throughout the Portland metropolitan area, SW Washington, and Medford in both rural and urban communities. Students placed in Medford will complete all supervised practice rotations in their community for the duration of the program, but are expected to travel to Portland for special academic events associated with the GPHN program. These events will be discussed with students placed in Medford during GPHN's Orientation Week.
Regardless of location, all students are required to attend and participate in all scheduled supervised practice rotations and other required activities and/or events.
Can I be employed while enrolled in the DI or MSDI?
We do not encourage employment due to the intensive rotation experiences and course work requirements. Some students in the MSDI have been employed or received fellowships during the second year of the program, after completion of the supervised practice rotations.
What is a day like in the internship?
Generally, students are in didactic courses on Monday from approximately 9am - 4pm. Tuesdays through Fridays are full day supervised practice rotations at the various sites.
What is the length of each program?
The DI is approximately 1 year long, starting in August and ending in June each year.
The MSDI is can be completed in 2 years, completing the supervised practice portion in the first year and defending your thesis in the second year. Thesis work is done throughout the two years.
The MS and MCD are generally completed in 1-2 years.
Do you certify your graduates to be RD/RDNs?
After successful completion of the DI or MSDI, the graduate completes eligibility paperwork to apply to sit for the national RD/RDN exam administered by CDR and receives a verification statement signed by the Dietetic Internship Director documenting successful completion of the internship.
What are the employment opportunities available to graduates of your program?
Our graduates work in all sectors of the nutrition and dietetics profession, from clinical to community to foodservice to research and more! Most of our graduates have employment opportunities presented to them while in the internship, but interns cannot begin employment until after graduation. The program also forwards job postings to students nearing the completion of their program and recent alumni (within the last five years). Many sites will not hire graduates until after they’ve passed the RD/RDN exam.
Do you offer a tour of the OHSU campus?
Yes! We encourage interested applicants to make an appointment to visit the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition located in Gaines Hall on the main OHSU campus and meet with GPHN faculty, staff, or others affiliated with our programs. We try to schedule a campus tour led by a current or recent student and have you visit on a day when class is in session so that you can observe one of our graduate classes. Mondays are the best days to visit.
Please contact us to schedule your visit today!GPHN@ohsu.edu