411. The Critical Role of Research in Master’s and Dietetic Internship Programs

Monday, October 28
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 119-AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149411

Research is a required standard for dietetic internships (DI) and a critical component of most Master’s degree (MS) programs. However, there is wide variation in implementation, and many program directors are unsure how to meet this standard in a meaningful way within the constraints of program time and faculty/preceptor resources. This session will describe strategies for research projects used by two Masters programs in Nutrition. The Case Western Reserve University Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program uses a standard research project that all students implement together and then follows up with development of unique student proposals. The University of Alaska Anchorage MS program serves both RDNs returning for their degree and students in an MS/DI track and has options for a graduate project or thesis. Session attendees will leave with new ideas about how to implement the research standard in their MS and/or DI program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe an approach to incorporating research into a combined Master’s/dietetic internship using a standard, international project.
  • Detail an approach to incorporating research into a Master’s program utilizing a range of research methodologies in a graduate project format.
  • Explain costs and benefits of each approach to model for student involvement in research.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 6060 Learning needs assessment, learning plan development, and evaluation
  • 9050 Publication, communications of research outcomes
  • 9060 Research development and design

Performance Indicator:

  • 6.2.4 Disseminates research or performance improvement outcomes to advance knowledge, change practice and enhance effectiveness of services.
  • 6.3.5 Identifies and designs appropriate research instruments or tools.
  • 9.2.1 Assesses learning needs of the individual or target group.


  • Dorothy Chen-Maynard, PhD, RDN, FAND

    DPD Director

    California State University, San Bernardino

  • Speaker(s)

  • Rosa Hand, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University

  • Carrie King, PhD, RD, LD, CDE

    Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition & Dietetic Internship Director

    University of Alaska Anchorage