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Mission and Goals

University of Houston Mission:

The mission of the University of Houston is to offer nationally competitive and internationally recognized opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement to a diverse population of students in a real-world setting. The University of Houston offers a full range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional levels and pursues a broad agenda of research and creative activities. As a knowledge resource to the public, the university builds partnerships with other educational institutions, community organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to serve the region and impact the world.

Department Mission: 

The Department of Health and Human Performance generates knowledge, develops scholars, leaders, and health and wellness professionals, and serves the community through innovative programs and partnerships.

Program Mission:

The mission of the UH Didactic Program in Dietetics is to provide high-quality education to a diverse population of students that promotes professionalism, leadership, and the competence necessary for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become an entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist.

Common themes: Quality educational experiences, diversity, leadership, and development of competent professionals


Program Goal #1:

The program will attract and graduate highly competent graduates for supervised practice through high-quality educational offerings.

Program Objectives for Goal #1:

  • At least 80% of students complete program requirements within 3 years (150% of the program length).
  • At least 50 percent of program graduates apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
  • Of program graduates who apply to a supervised practice program, at least 25 percent are admitted within 12 months of graduation.
  • 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%.
  • 80% of graduates accepted to a supervised practice program are rated “satisfactory” or better for nutrition foundation knowledge in preparation for supervised practice.
  • 90% of program graduates are “satisfied” with the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Program Goal #2:

The program will promote diversity in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Program Objectives for Goal #2:

  • 50% of ethnic or gender diverse graduates seek employment or post- graduate training in nutrition and dietetics.


Note: Program outcomes data are available upon request