Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Mission Statement

The mission of the Utah State University Master of Dietetics Administration is to prepare entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists in a distance format to empower them to be future leaders through learning, critical thinking, discovery, and engagement who utilize their experience and individual perspectives to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

Program Philosophy

The Utah State University Master of Dietetics Administration (USU MDA) provides students with experience practicing dietetics in a variety of settings. The unique distance format of the program allows students to gain experience in the location of their choice, with freedom to incorporate their areas of personal interest. USU MDA faculty foster development of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they move through self-directed schedules.

Learning activities are facilitated in a variety of methods, making use of current technology and resources for dietetics education and practice. USU MDA faculty maintain knowledge of current dietetics practice by staying involved in their areas of expertise via professional memberships in state and national organizations, continuing education, and active participation in dietetics education networking groups. Annual evaluation and adjustment of curriculum ensures regular inclusion of innovative teaching methods, materials, and delivery.

Rapport between students and faculty is established early and sustained throughout the program and beyond. Faculty mentor individuals as they navigate the program and enter the profession as a dietitian. Every effort is made to ensure the setting of the USU MDA coincides with students’ best interests, providing a platform to support their growth and progress, ultimately leading the student to achieve their goal of passing the national registration exam and attaining a career in the field of dietetics.


Program Goals & Measurable Outcomes

Program Goal #1: USU MDA graduates will demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skills required of entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.

  • Objective 1.1: At least 80% of program students complete program requirements within 1.5 years (150% of the planned program length).
  • Objective 1.2: At least 80% of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • Objective 1.3: 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 dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
  • Objective 1.4: Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
  • Objective 1.5: At least 80% of the employers who respond to the employer survey will indicate they are satisfied with their employee's (USU MDA graduate's) preparation for entry-level practice.
  • Objective 1.6: At least 80% of graduates will rate themselves as competent and prepared for entry-level dietetics practice. 

Program Goal #2: USU MDA graduates will participate in nutrition and dietetics-related leadership opportunities within the communities they serve.

  • Objective 2.1: At program completion, 80% of graduates will score higher on the leadership attributes self-assessment compared to the pre-program leadership attributes self-assessment.
  • Objective 2.2: Within one year of graduation, 15% of graduates who respond to the one-year follow-up survey will report serving in a nutrition and dietetics-related leadership position.
The USU MDA has a 95% RD exam pass rate. Additional program outcome data is available upon request.