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Dietetic Internship Concentration & Overview

Concentration Area: Urban Issues

The majority of the intern’s rotations are at Hartford Hospital which is in the middle of downtown Hartford.  Hartford is the third largest city in the state.  Connecticut is a state that has significant income inequality.  It is the third richest state however there are large pockets of poverty which includes Hartford.   According to Data USA, Hartford residents are 44% Hispanic, 35% Black, 15.5% White, 2.77% Asian, 1.94% two plus ethnicities.  The most common foreign languages spoken are Spanish, French, and Portuguese.  A large number of Serbo-Croatians are also in the area.  Hartford has the second-largest concentration of Puerto Ricans in the Northeast. 

In addition to all of the experiences at Hartford Hospital with diverse urban patients, interns complete a three-week community rotation rich in urban experiences.  Highlights of these experiences include WIC, Urban Food Pantries, Community Health Center experience, school nutrition programs, Food Corps, Grow Windham, and Cooking Matters.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges facing the dietitian in an urban setting 
  • 100% of students will satisfactorily present an overview addressing the challenges facing the dietitian in an urban setting in a panel format speaking to six top issues identified by the interns.
  1. Assess and identify the food and nutrition resources available in the greater Hartford Area addressing cultural diversity, income, and locally grown.
  • 100% of students will participate in developing a brochure to aid patients and assist the interdisciplinary team.   

Supervised Practice Experiences

  • Begins in the middle of August

  • 9 ½ month program with a focus on urban issues: Students will have numerous experiences focusing on urban issues with diverse populations at Hartford Hospital, ( an inner city hospital with numerous outpatient clinics, such as, AIDS, the Brownstone (medical and surgical services for clinic patients), Diabetes Life Care, Women’s Health, Cancer Center, Bariatric Center, Institute of Living (IOL – psychiatric facility); the patient menu feeding a diverse population; SNAP-Ed; and working with hospital employees.

  • Nutrition therapy rotations at Hartford Hospital include Medicine, surgery, critical care, endocrinology, nephrology, cardiology, neurology, pulmonary, trauma, geriatrics, orthopedics, oncology, organ transplant + 2 weeks staff relief.

  • Outpatient experiences include a variety of practice experiences, such as, a bariatric center, diabetes life care, dialysis, women’s health, HIV, cancer, medical & surgical clinics, and psychiatry.

  • Long term care is a two week rotation in a skilled nursing facility.

  • Hospital Food service- experience in food production, patient trayline, catering, purchasing, and a theme meal.

  • School food service.

  • Community/public health rotation is with SNAP-Ed projects. These include WIC, Headstart/school readiness programs, experiences in Title 1 schools, and elderly nutrition programs.

  • Wellness experience.

  • See research first hand by working on a research project for three week.

Financial Aid

  • Student loans may be deferred while enrolled in the program

  • Student loans may be available. Contact the financial Aid Office for information.



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