Program Mission, Goals, & Objectives

Program Mission

In keeping with the mission of Howard University, the mission of the CP is to provide quality and innovative educational opportunities for local, national and international students.  Particular emphasis is placed on the education of Black/African American and other ethnically diverse students.  The Program aims to graduate highly competent, compassionate, dedicated, and adaptable generalist entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists.  Graduates are expected to have exemplary careers, assume leadership and preceptorship roles, and seek solutions to human and social problems in the United States and internationally through the practice of dietetics.

Program Goals & Objectives

Goal 1: The program will prepare graduates of Black/African American and ethnically diverse backgrounds for entry level positions as competent registered dietitian nutritionists.


  1. At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 3 years (150% of planned program length).
  2. Of graduates who seek employment, at least 70 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation

  3. At least 70  percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  4. 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%.
  5. At least 80 percent of employers indicate (agree or strongly agree) on the employer survey that program graduates were prepared for entry-level positions.
  6. At least 80 percent of graduates indicate on the program evaluation survey that they were prepared for entry-level positions as registered dietitian nutritionists.

Goal 2: The program will prepare graduates who will be committed to increasing the number of dietitian nutritionists from ethnically diverse backgrounds in the dietetics profession.


At least 50 percent of graduates will precept or train future registered dietitian nutritionists from ethnically diverse backgrounds, within 3 years of graduation.