Community Health
Nutrition Publications
Dietetic Internship



Pasco CountyOpens in new window


Florida Department of Health
 in Pasco County
Florida Health Pasco County logo

Pasco County Dietetic Internship

Mission, Goals and Outcomes


 To educate nutrition graduates for leadership roles in the profession of dietetics in a stimulating environment which is both conducive to learning and committed to excellence, where full realization of human potential and commitment to improving the health status of the community are pursued.


 Goal 1:  To prepare entry-level professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice evidence-based dietetics, with an emphasis on the competencies associated with public health nutrition and community.

 Outcome Measures:

Goal 2:  To increase the number of registered, licensed dietitians specializing in public health and community nutrition within the state of Florida.

Outcome Measures:

  • Over a 5-year period 80% of program graduates will successfully complete and pass the RD exam on the first attempt.
  • 85% of graduates who take the exam will have passed within the first 12 months.
  • 85% of non-State employee graduates will obtain employment with a local Department of Health agency within 6 months of graduation from the program.
  • 90% of employee graduates will complete their contractual work service obligation as stipulated by the Dietetic Internship Program Agreement.

Goal 3:  To assure a competent public health workforce by providing training opportunities for eligible staff to develop and expand their skills through participation in the Dietetic Internship and related professional organizations.

Outcome Measures:

  • 50% of internship candidates will be pre-selected from the pool of state employee applicants each year.
  • 80% of graduates responding to the post-graduation survey, who have passed the RD exam, will respond that they participate in their local or national Dietetic Association, are willing to mentor/precpt future interns, and participate in lifelong learning

Program outcomes data are available on request.



  1. Interns will be able to successfully assess the clinical nutritional needs of specialized populations and provide appropriate nutritional therapy, i.e. acute care and ambulatory care settings.
  1. Interns will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate community nutrition practices and services and counsel diverse individuals and populations in community settings across the lifespan.
  1. Interns will demonstrate the ability to effectively manage food and nutrition service systems and staff.
  1. Interns will develop and demonstrate professional attitudes and values, leadership skills, and the higher ethical approaches to practice.
  1. Interns will develop critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration and communication skills incorporating current research and scientific information into dietetic practice.

Florida Health Pasco Logo jpg

Return Home

Last Updated August 2009

This page was last modified on: 10/21/2013 03:16:36

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Send comments/suggestions to
Pasco Web Manager