Mission Goals and Objectives of the Program

The Keene State College Public Health/Nutrition Option provides an engaging and supportive learning environment that positions students to pursue academic excellence, active citizenship and meaningful work in the field of nutrition and health. The program prepares students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists through didactic and engaged learning opportunities in clinical nutrition, foodservice, community nutrition and health promotion.

The Public Health/Nutrition Option has established program goals, program outcome measures and student learning outcome measures which are utilized to monitor the effectiveness of the program.

Results of all outcome measures are available upon request.


Goal 1 – The program prepares graduates for dietetic internships and other post baccalaureate educational opportunities such as additional or advanced degrees and certifications.

  • At least 80% of program graduates complete program/degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the program length)
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%
  • 50% percent of program graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation
  • 35% percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation
  • Over a three- year period 90% or more of Dietetic Internship Directors will rate our graduates as “prepared” or “better prepared” for the overall internship experience as compared to peers; as measured by the Director Survey
  • Over a three-year period, 90% or more of graduates will rate themselves as “prepared” or “better prepared” for their internship experience compared to their peers; as measured by  the graduate survey.

Goal 2 –The program prepares graduates for nutrition, community health and wellness related paid or volunteer work

  • Over a five-year period of time, 70% or more of graduates will report having participated in department or campus clubs and/or organizations.
  • Over a five-year period of time, our graduates will on average have participated in five different service learning experiences.
  • Over a five-year period of time, 80% or more of our graduates not attending supervised practice programs  or graduate school intend to remain in nutrition, community health or other health related field.
  • Over a five-year period, 80% or more of graduates will report that after graduation they obtained paid and/or volunteer work in nutrition, health and/or wellness practice settings such as dietetic  internships, community health, food service, clinical, research, medical offices, hospitals, long-term care, health insurance companies etc.