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EIU Master of Science Nutrition & Dietetics

Mission, Goals, & Outcomes 


The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietetic Internship Option at Eastern Illinois University is designed to equip graduates to work effectively in a variety of settings utilizing clinical, food service/management, and/or community dietetics competencies. The 1280-hour Dietetic 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 current and emerging aspects of dietetics practice within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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.

Provide an environment that supports the program's unique Nutrition Education emphasis, including varied opportunities, experiences and instructional presentations for nutrition education throughout the graduate coursework and Dietetic Internship experiences.


Upon completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • exhibit the professional competencies of a dietitian as identified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • 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, investigate skills, and problem solving.

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Contact Information

Melanie Tracy Burns, PhD, RD

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
600 Lincoln Avenue
1433 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
(217) 581-6680
Fax: (217) 581-6090

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