Culinary Nutrition Mission and Goals

The mission of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program is to prepare entry-level Registered Dietitians for current and future success by combining the fields of culinary arts, nutrition, and dietetics education. The DPD supports the institutional mission of JWU by providing an exceptional education that fosters professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.

Program Goal 1
The DPD program will prepare graduates for entry into dietetic internships and/or professional careers through high-quality culinary nutrition education:

  1. Within 12 months of graduation, 40% graduating seniors who have chosen the Clinical/Dietetics concentration and
    received a verification statement, will apply to a dietetic internship program.
  2. Within 12 months of graduation, 50% of the seniors who have chosen the Clinical/Dietetics concentrations and have applied to a dietetic internship program will be accepted.

Program Goal 2
The DPD program will graduate a population of well-qualified dietetic students that will support the nutrition profession:

  1. Over a five-year period, the program will average a first-time pass rate on the dietetic registration exam of 80%.
  2. Over a five-year period, the program will average a one year pass rate on the dietetic registration exam of 85%.
  3. Over a five-year period, 90% of dietetic internship directors who return the survey, will rate the program graduates “satisfactorily prepared” or higher for the supervised practice experience.
  4. Over a five-year period, 85% of graduates who returned the survey one year after completing the dietetic internship, will rate their preparation for supervised practice as “satisfactory” or higher.

Program Goal 3
The DPD program will graduate a diverse population of students well versed in the craft and skills of culinary arts, with the ability to integrate those skills into the science of nutrition and the practice of dietetics: 

  1. Over a five-year period, 80% of the students entering the CN program as a junior and who declare the Clinical/Dietetics concentration will complete the program within 3 years.
  2. Within five years of completing the program, 50% of employed graduates will serve in a leadership role in dietetics, academics, culinary or community settings.

Culinary Nutrition Handbook
In alignment with our stated mission and goals, we have developed the Culinary Nutrition handbook (160K PDF), which details in full the program policies, procedures and requirements.  

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