Combined Master of Science in Dietetics & Dietetic Internship Program

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The SHSU Dietetic Internship is a full-time program with an emphasis in Community Research and Wellness that requires enrollment in SHSU’s graduate school. The Master of Science degree and the dietetic internship are completed concurrently over a 17 month period beginning in August. A minimum of 1000 practicum hours must be completed for the dietetic internship and a total of 36 hours for the graduate program. Dietetic Internship credit is not given for past work experience.

The 1000-hour dietetic internship curriculum includes: 

  • 150 hours Professionalization Seminar
  • 350 hours Clinical Nutrition
  • 350 hours Community Nutrition
  • 150 hours Food Service Systems Management

The 36 hour Master of Science in Dietetics curriculum is completed in four semesters (including summer).

Preceptor sites for the dietetic internship include major regional medical centers, community hospitals, various community/preventative health agencies, and public school food service facilities. Certain rotations may be in a busy metropolitan area. The majority of rotation sites are located within two hours of Huntsville.

Accreditation Status

The SHSU Combined MS/DI Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190; Chicago, IL 60606-6995; 1-800-877-1600 x5400.