The Community and Public Health experience within the UW Hospital Dietetic Internship Program consists of two rotations lasting a total of six weeks. Experiences are designed to develop the interns' competencies in community nutrition assessment and intervention with consideration to public policy and application and compliance to federal guidelines. The intern will provide nutrition education to meet the nutritional needs of culturally diverse populations.
The Dietetic Program maintains affiliations with community-based organizations, programs and School Districts. These rotations are off-site and require the intern to make their own travel arrangements. No rotation sites are beyond a 45-minute drive. These rotations are scheduled with interns working as pairs, so travel costs may be coordinated and shared.
School Nutrition: Interns spend two weeks at a partnering local school district. Interns review legislation on school nutrition and physical activity, gain an understanding of the menu planning and food production and service, and prepare classroom and age-appropriate nutrition education activities. Other projects might include: training food service staff, creating bulletin boards and contributing to newsletters.
Public Health: Interns spend four weeks in Madison area organizations exploring community nutrition programs and dietetic career possibilities in public health. Program partnerships include the Women, Infants and Children Programs, and the Madison Metropolitan School District with guidance to more than 51 Madison-area school communities.