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The M.S. in Dietetics at Eastern Illinois University is designed to equip graduates to work effectively in a variety of settings utilizing clinical, foodservice/ management, and/or community dietetics competencies. The 1280-hour internship builds on undergraduate and graduate academic courses. The program features a Nutrition Education Emphasis.


  • Provide an environment conducive to critical thinking and problem solving through learning and application of the historial, current and emerging aspects of dietetics practice within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Measured through program evaluations, graduate comprehensive exams, thesis defenses, dietetic intern portfolios, alumni surveys, employer satisfaction and job placement.)
  • Enhance student's ability to work independently and collaboratively while developing professional competencies of a dietitian as identified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Measured through program completion rate, dietetic intern portfolios, registered dietitian exam pass rate and program evaluations.)
  • Provide an environment that supports the program's unique Nutrition Education emphasis, including varied opportunites, experiences and instructional presentations for nutrition education throughout the MS and DI programs. (Measured through program evaluations, dietetic intern portfolios, course projects, and obtainment of Nutrition Education Specialist Certificate.)


Upon completion of the program, the graduate will

  • exhibit the professional competencies of a dietitian as identified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • meet the criteria for a Nutrition Education Specialist as specified by the Society for Nutrition Education. 
  • apply scientific principles related to nutrition needs and processes through the life cycle in health and disease. 
  • demonstrate ability to function effectively within different health, education, and community organizational systems. 
  • apply principles of education in the development of group and individual nutrition programs.
  • demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and investigative skills.




The core competencies ensure that everyone enrolled in a CP program or a DI program has learning experiences reflecting the breadth of dietetics practice. The core provides the broad base of diverse experiences necessary for the future mobility illustrated in the model for dietetics practice.

All dietitian-education supervised practice programs must offer at least one emphasis area. The emphasis areas are not intended to prepare specialists or advanced level practitioners as defined for credentialing purposes. Competencies for each emphasis area build on the core competencies and are designed to begin to develop the depth necessary for future proficiency in that area of dietetics practice. More experience in at least one area provides a model for learning through one’s professional life.

Eastern Illinois University ’s emphasis area is Nutrition Education. Regardless which area of dietetics one chooses to practice nutrition education is involved. Following are the Nutrition Education Emphasis Competencies, which are intertwined in both the coursework and the dietetic internship. At the completion of the program requirements the students receive a certificate designating them a Nutrition Education Specialist as awarded by the Society for Nutrition Education
  • Use appropriate research and evaluation methodology to analyze and evaluate food and nutrition education research, issues, literature, materials, and programs 
  • Design food and nutrition education programs and materials for diverse situations incorporating needs assessment; goals and outcome objectives; and appropriate theoretical frameworks, content, activities, materials; and evaluation 
  • Implement food and nutrition education programs, effectively using oral and written communication, technology, the media, and marketing 
  • Apply appropriate theories and techniques of education and the behavioral sciences to modify food behavior for individuals and groups. 
  • Develop a health promotion/disease prevention intervention project 
  • Manage nutrition screening/assessment and provide appropriate medical nutrition therapy or other nutrition care to individuals and groups in the community 
  • Conduct activities to support legislative and public policy process related to food, nutrition and health related activities.


To access information on the current tuition & fees, housing and financial assistant please go to the following link: http://catalog.eiu.edu/content.php?catoid=13&navoid=263

As with any graduate dietetic program there are additional expenses above and beyond fees and tuition. An estimated range of such expenses may include:

  • Housing: Free-$800+ per month, depending on geographical location (rural vs. city) and housing preferences.
  • Utilities: Free-$150+, depending on location and utility usage.
  • Gasoline: $50 - $200+ per month, depending on type of vehicle, gas mileage of the vehicle, cost of gasoline, and amount of miles driven.
  • Food: $50-$300+, depending on the student's preferences,  the amounts of food eaten, and the geographical location where the food was purchased.
  • Medical tests: $90-$120+, depending on if the tests are completed at the EIU Health Services or by their personal MD.
  • Lab Coat: $30-$50, depending on brand of coat as well as geographic location of purchase.
  • Health and Accident Insurance: $109.95 per semester.

All such expenses are the responsibility of the student.


Eastern Illinois University is a member of SURMA, which is an intergovernmental self-insurance pool, that provides its members with a program to fund liability exposures.  The program covers civil liability for bodily injury, personal injury and property damage to tangible property resulting from occurrences in the conduct of university business, and damages arising out of certain professional services.

Employees, students in internships, and agents are "covered persons" under the self-insurance program and subject to its terms and conditions. The coverage is limited to occurrences of professional services which are within the scope of assigned duties and subject to the terms and conditions of the coverage document.