University of Vermont

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

Master of Science in Dietetics Program

msd logo, fruits and vegetables The Master of Science in Dietetics (MSD) Program in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont is a 30-hour graduate credit degree that includes didactic coursework, an evidence-based practice project, and supervised practice experience culminating in student eligibility to write the exam for registered dietitians. The MSD program is proud of its 100% pass rate on the first attempt at sitting for the exam to become a registered dietitian.

MSD Program Concentration

The University of Vermont (UVM) has a long-standing committment to food systems research and education with the belief that nutrition professionals must practice through a lens of sustainable food systems; that theme is embedded throughout the MSD curriculum and highlighted in the supervised practise experience.

The Community Health and Nutrition program concentration will prepare students to incorporate, promote and support the principles of sustainable food systems across all areas of professional practice. UVM faculty and students actively engage in many public health and community initiatives that support sustainable food systems and promote health, wellness, and disease prevention across the lifespan.

The MSD Program has three tracks for entrance into the program and is able to accommodate the needs of a variety of students including those who do not have all the requirements to directly enter a dietetic internship or supervised practice experience.

Supervised Practice Experience

During the two semesters of Supervised Practice Experience (SPE), the supervised practice portion of the curriculum is integrated with graduate course work.

NFS 311: Dietetics Practice I and NFS 312: Dietetics Practice II are coordinated so that class time is 5-6 hours per week on Monday, and the remainder of the week (at least 32 hours/week, Tuesday – Friday) is spent in dietetic internship settings.

With 39 weeks, the MSD Program provides more than 1200 hours of supervised practice experience, the minimum requirement established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

All Students Complete:

  • 15 weeks in clinical rotations, including two weeks in an outpatient community health setting
  • 7 weeks in food service management rotations
  • 15 weeks in community rotations, including three weeks in a school nutrition program, three weeks in public health and four weeks in long-term care
  • 2 weeks in staff relief rotation of their choice for further skill knowledge development. The staff relief rotation must be a minimum of two weeks but it can be longer if a student desires and the preceptor agrees

The MSD program also includes approximately 40 hours of orientation to the program and supervised practice experience.

Graduation and Verification Statement Requirements

MSD students must successfully complete all coursework including the evidence-based practice project and supervised practice experience, and defend the comprehensive exam in order to receive the MSD degree and verification statement of eligibility to write the exam for Registered Dietitians.

For more information contact: Amy Nickerson, MS, RD, Director of MSD

The MSD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 extension 5400

Last modified March 31 2016 10:35 AM