DI Admissions and Applications

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Original signed verification statement or declaration of intent from the Director of an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) documenting completion of ACEND-accredited academic coursework. To find a DPD program in your area, please use this tool provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • A cumulative grade-point average of all undergraduate courses of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grade system of A-4 points, B-3 points, C-2 points, D-1 point, F-0 points), or its equivalent in other grading systems)
  • Compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
  • GPHN does NOT offer conditional acceptance

Background checks

Prospective students are not required to disclose criminal convictions prior to receiving an offer of admission. Following a conditional admission offer, prospective students will undergo a pre-matriculation background check pursuant to policy and procedures available on the OHSU Public Safety website.  However, OHSU is a university of health professions, and it is possible that professional and occupational licensure requirements may prohibit individuals with criminal convictions from ultimately obtaining a professional license. Licensure requirements vary by state and prospective students are encouraged to consult their state licensing agency for more information.

If a prospective student is denied admission due to a criminal conviction, they may appeal the final admissions decision to the Office of the Provost at provost@ohsu.edu.

If the signed DPD Verification Statement is dated five years or more from the starting date of the internship program, then the applicant must have completed, with a  grade of "B" or better and within the past three years, a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework including  the following two required courses:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy or equivalent (300-level or above)
  • Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent (300-level or above)

If these courses have already been completed, then an official transcript must be uploaded to DICAS as part of the application process. If these courses are in progress at the time of application, then the applicant must submit a letter to the program stating the following:

  • Course name and number
  • College or university where the courses are being completed
  • Number of credit hours per course
  • Name of course instructors
  • Date when courses will be completed 

Complete ACEND-accredited academic coursework in a Didactic Program in Dietetics and a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a US regionally-accredited college or university or foreign equivalent.

  • Obtain an original verification statement or declaration of intent from the Director of the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics documenting completion of these requirements. To find a DPD program, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • An English-language proficiency test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, is required for all International Students who do not speak English as a native language and do not have a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a US institution. In general, the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition requires TOEFL scores of 600 paper-based, 250 computer based, and 100 Internet-based, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • The GRE is no longer required for entrance into our programs. However, if you have taken the GRE and would like to share your scores, the institutional code for Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is 4865.
  • A cumulative grade-point average of all undergraduate courses of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grade system of A-4 points, B-3 points, C-2 points, D-1 point, F-0 points), or its equivalent in other grading systems.

GPHN does NOT offer conditional acceptance. All of the above requirements must be met prior to admission. For more information on obtaining a verification statement with an international degree, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Website


Applications to the Dietetic Internship (DI) program at OHSU must be completed through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services  (DICAS).

DICAS will be available December 2021 for the Spring 2022 match. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 15, 2022. 

Applicants must create an account with DICAS and complete all application components within the online application including:

  • All sections of the DICAS application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • Three references (at least one from a DPD faculty member)
  • Personal statement
  • Additional essay questions
  • Current resume

Applicants must select at the time of their DICAS submission to apply to the DI in Portland, Medford or Bend, or any combination of these options. The DI in Portland and, Medford  have their own program designation codes in DICAS. Please note that although a student may apply to the DI in Portland only, students may be placed in the Portland area or Medford. 

Please review the sections below for more information on each component of the application. 

Personal statement

Applicants should address the following questions in the personal statement submitted through DICAS (limit 1,000 words).

  • Why do you want to enter the nutrition and dietetics profession?
  • What specific experiences have helped to prepare you for a career in nutrition and dietetics?
  • What are your short-term and long-term professional goals?
  • As you've read on our website, our program has a concentration in community outreach, yet a clinical focus. Describe how the focus of our program will meet your career goals and interests. 

Essay questions 

Applicants must submit responses to two of the five following essay questions. Please limit responses to 350 words for each question. Responses must be uploaded to DICAS as a supplemental PDF.  We highly encourage applicants to choose the question on diversity (question #5) as one of their two questions. 

  1. Many of our students share that the internship is one of the best, yet most challenging years of their lives. Tell us how you plan to be successful in this fast-paced, challenging environment.
  2. What community or client population do you hope to serve and how have your previous experiences prepared you for this role?
  3. Discuss an experience in your life that demonstrates your resilience.
  4. Describe a time when you disagreed with an evaluation or feedback you received about your performance. How did you handle the situation? What impact did it have on you? What did you learn?
  5. Please discuss the diversity that you would bring to the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition and nutrition and dietetics. Please visit the website for OHSU's Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.

OHSU application and fee

Applicants must complete an OHSU Application to be submitted with the application fee of $70. To complete the OHSU application, create an online account; select “Dietetic Internship Programs" from the program list.

The OHSU application and application fee must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on February 15, 2022. Applications will not be considered if the OHSU application and/or application fee are late or not received. 

This OHSU application is required by OHSU and is not shared with the selection committee. Information on the application will not be used in the selection process, but could be used to nominate new students, once accepted, for available scholarships.

Notes: Applicants only submit one OHSU application and fee even if applying to more than one MSDI or DI option at OHSU. 


Applicants may receive a request for an additional survey and brief virtual interview with faculty from the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition; however, an applicant who is not contacted for an interview should not assume that he/she has been dismissed from consideration by the program.

Computer matching

Applicants must participate in computer matching through D&D Digital, and should carefully review their responsibilities related to computer matching at ACEND's applicant responsibilities webpage. When completing the DICAS application, applicants must provide a phone number and e-mail address where they can be reached, if necessary, on Appointment Day.

On Appointment Day, matched applicants must contact the Dietetic Internship Director by phone or e-mail to confirm acceptance of the match. The Dietetic Internship Director, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD, can be reached at (503) 494-0168 or stadlerd@ohsu.edu. The Dietetic Internship Director will reply to phone and e-mail messages to acknowledge the program's receipt of the acceptance by the end of Appointment Day.

To learn more about the computer matching process, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Computer Matching Policy and Procedures web page at D&D Digital.

Program Codes

  • DI –Portland: 372
  • DI –Medford: 798

Title IX and equal opportunity

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Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Please visit the website for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, where you can learn about OHSU's Community of Inclusion and Diversity Action Plan, internships, scholarships, professional development, and other resources.