Title

Evaluation of Dietetic Interns' Research Skills in an Online, Non-Thesis Master's Program

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2020

Abstract

Research is the foundation of dietetics. As programs are designed to meet the 2024 entry-level education requirement, innovative approaches are needed to ensure that master's level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) have strong research skills. The MS Dietetics Program is a new, 14-month, online, non-thesis program completed during the Sodexo Dietetic Internship. The objective was to determine whether an online research curriculum impacted research skills. Students evaluated their skills using a 22-question survey and reported significant improvements from baseline in 8 of the 11 research skills. A future investigation should examine whether increased research involvement among master's level RDNs continues after graduation.

Publication Title

Topics in Clinical Nutrition

Volume

35

Issue

3

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