Program Goals and Outcome Measures

The mission of the Montana Dietetic Internship (MDI) is to prepare highly capable entry-level food and nutrition professionals who can integrate sustainable food systems into dietetic practice when employed in clinical, foodservice, community nutrition and integrated practice settings located in rural or urban facilities in Montana or the Rocky Mountain region.

MDI Values

  • Challenge students to discover and develop their passions
  • Nurture whole person self- and professional- development
  • Practice and cultivate transdisciplinary inquiry and systems thinking
  • Act with integrity and work towards a more just, inclusive, and livable future

Program Goal 1

Graduates of the MDI program will be highly capable entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists that can integrate sustainable food systems into dietetic practice.

Program Objective Measures 

  • At least 80 percent of interns complete program requirements within 36 months (150 percent of the program length).
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • At least 90 percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for Register Dietitian Nutritionist within 12 months of program completion.
  • The program's one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for Register Dietitian Nutritionist is at least 80 percent.
  • 80 percent of employers will rate employees who are program graduates with an overall average rating of 4 or greater on a 5-point Likert scale (4 = satisfied).

Program Goal 2

The MDI program prepares entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists who will serve the needs and enrich the well-being of diverse populations in Montana and the Rocky Mountain region.

Program Objective Measures 

  • Within five years, 25 percent of MDI RDs will serve the populations of Montana and Rocky Mountain region through employment or volunteer service.


Program outcome data available upon request.