The Division of Nutritional Sciences offers two post-graduate programs including: the Dietetic Internship with a research concentration, which provides in-depth community, clinical, management, and research experiences; and the Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies, which has been carefully designed to meet the expectations of professional school admissions.

Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies

The Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies has been carefully designed to meet the expectations of professional school admissions. The Post-baccalaureate program can improve the chances for admission in health professional schools such as medical, dental, nursing and physical therapy.

This program is an intensive two-semester, 32-credit program. Required courses include a two-semester Integrate Health Studies and one-semester Health & Humanities and Preparation for Professional Studies courses. These are taken alongside electives that can be selected from a myriad of courses that are available at Cornell in the natural and applied sciences. There are opportunities to explore possibilities for research and community service. The Cornell Division of Nutritional Science affiliation means access to courses that match the expectations of professional schools as well as to a large array of elective possibilities.

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Dietetics Internship

Cornell University, known for its excellence in research, teaching and extension, is proud to partner with The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, NY, to offer a Dietetic Internship with a research concentration. This internship provides in‐depth, intensive community, clinical, management, and research experiences. These experiences ensure our graduates are ready for evidence-based dietetics practice as registered dietitian nutritionists(RDNs), for leadership in that practice, and for translational research to inform that practice (the mission of our internship). Interns begin in the fall at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and the surrounding beautiful Finger Lakes region and transition in January to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), an 860 bed, tertiary and trauma care facility, in Rochester, NY. We seek strong candidates with the potential to develop into exceptionally qualified and competent entry-level RDs who engage in professional leadership and research in their evidence-based practice (the goals of our program). Our key objectives for our graduates are to pass the registration exam the first time, to conduct and apply research critically to their practice and to lead in their jobs and profession.

What Dietetic Graduates Say...

"Rich and enriching experiences link research, theory, and self-reflective learning"
"A high quality, well-rounded dietetic internship!"
"Excellent clinical experiences with great depth, breadth"
"Greater appreciation of research and why it's needed"
"In-depth community experiences!"
"Great preceptors allow independence, autonomy and self-learning opportunities to contribute"
"More personal with individual attention"

What Employers Say…

"Experience level is above expected"
"Able to work independently within weeks"
"Very patient-focused, current on nutrition research and practice"