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Human Nutrition Registered Dietitian (RD) Program Practicum

2nd term
International Health
Variable Credit
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Laura Caulfield

Engages the student, the placement agency, and the faculty in shared responsibility for the provision and acquisition of practical experience in a nutrition-related public health area. Led by the Johns Hopkins Bayview Clinical Nutrition Department, the practicum extends from June (following the year of coursework) to February of the next calendar year (3rd quarter of the subsequent academic year). Consists of a series of specific rotations in clinical, food service and community nutrition, and culminates in a 10-week public health placement.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply methods and skills learned in courses taken on the first year of the MSPH in a practical setting
  2. Develop new skills essential for functioning as an effective global health professional, in assuming responsibility on the ground and becoming a reliable and collaborative member of a project team, an effective communicator, writer, trainer and implementer
  3. Evaluate a program or field project as it relates to public health nutrition
  4. Integrate and understand knowledge through critical literature reviews, and analysis and interpretation of scientific data
  5. Develop a proposal, take initiative, provide direction, and participate in the implementation, evaluation and/or analysis required to establish and achieve project goals
  6. Communicate effectively, manage relationships and participate in teams
  7. To allow for the seamless transition from student to public health professional
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 45% Preceptor evaluation
  • 15% Written Assignment(s)
  • 20% Essay on entire practicum experience (individual rotations and overall experience)
  • 20% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Only students previously accepted to the MSPH/Registered Dietitian program and on their 2nd year.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Community involvement: Rotations at PACE, Moveable Feast, WIC, & Baltimore City School System