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Dietetic Internship


To improve the health outcomes of Georgians through promotion of quality nutrition care practice by assisting qualified employees of the Georgia Department of Public Health to become Registered Dietitians.



GDPH DI Application Form

Recommendation Form

Community Preceptor Form

Personal Statement Guidelines


Admission Requirements

Academic Schedule


Goals and Outcomes

Graduation Requirements


Program Costs


Clinical Rotation Descriptions

Community Rotation Description

Food Service Rotation Description

Renal Rotation Description


The program concentration for the GDPH Dietetic Internship is Community Nutrition/Public Health, which includes 1,200 hours of dietetic internship experiences: 504 hours in community nutrition, public health research, life-cycle and health promotion; 504 hours in medical nutrition therapy; and 192 hours in food service.


The Dietetic Internship Program provides an opportunity for employees of the Georgia Department of Public Health and our contracted WIC agency at Grady Hospital who have met the admission requirements for Registered Dietitian (RD) eligibility, to complete the Core Competencies for Dietitians (CD) through supervised practices. Interns should be released from employment responsibilities for a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours per week. This time will allow interns to participate in planned program experiences to achieve basic competencies.

Emphasis is placed on the development of competence in providing nutrition services as integral parts of health programs, especially public health programs. Individualized study permits interns to achieve professional development goals. Program flexibility provides opportunity for meeting individual needs and interests. 

Self-Assessment and faculty evaluation assist in improving practice and professional development. A base is provided for lifelong self-development to improve knowledge and skills.  

The staff of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Program, Nutrition and WIC Section and participating Health Districts are committed to assisting those interns/employees who wish to overcome financial, geographical, or personal barriers in order to become registered through the Commission of Dietetics Registration.

Interns who successfully complete the GDPH Dietetic Internship and obtain registration are encouraged to serve as mentors and preceptors for future GDPH Dietetic Interns

The Dietetic Internship Program’s primary goal is to achieve improved health outcomes of Georgians through the promotion of quality nutrition care practice.  This will be accomplished by workforce development aimed at increasing the number of Registered and Licensed Dietitians of currently employed nutritionists. 

The Georgia Department of Public Health Dietetic Internship is accrediated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312)889-0040 ext 5400.  

Contact Information
Intership Director
Rhonda Tankersly, MPH, RD, LD
(404) 656-9837