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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 
  • Conduct nutrition screening/assessment and provide appropriate medical nutrition therapy or other nutrition care to individuals and groups in the community 
  • Participate in public policy advocacy.


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