About the Program

Student Profiles

Courtney Schupp, MS/GCPD Candidate, University of Washington Nutritional Sciences ProgramSam Vinci, MPH/GCPD, University of Washington Nutritional Sciences ProgramChris Benson, MPH, RDN, University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program Alumna

Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Students in the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD)  work simultaneously towards the completion of a graduate degree in Nutritional Sciences (MPH, MS, or PhD) and the coursework & practice experiences necessary to become a Registered Dietitian. Graduates of our program engage in client centered health promotion, disease prevention, medical nutrition therapy, public health practice, and nutrition policy development.

RD Training Program Brochure

Program Overview

The master’s level GCPD is a full-time, ~2 year program. The first 4 quarters are spent in classes for both the graduate program and the GCPD, followed by 3 quarters (January – August of year 2) in the Practice Experience (internship). A single 3-week rotation is completed during the summer between year 1 and 2. As an ACEND Accredited program, the GCPD provides 1200+ hours of supervised practice in the following rotations: clinical, ambulatory, WIC, community, management, food service and MNT or PH concentration in the greater Seattle area. While students may be able to graduate after completing the Practice Experience, it is common for a student to take an additional quarter to finish their thesis. The GCPD can also be completed along with our PhD program.  PhD students will require additional time to complete a dissertation and course requirements but will be active in the GCPD for only 2 of those years.

While we accept students with undergraduate degrees in nutrition who have also completed dietetic coursework from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), and have a DPD verification form, our average student does not have this background. Students with a DPD verification form do not waive out GCPD course work.  All students participating in the GCPD complete a degree (MS, MPH, PhD), the dietetic coursework and the supervised practice necessary to sit for the RD/RDN exam after graduating.


How to Apply

Students must apply to the Nutritional Sciences Program for the degree (MS or MPH) and the GCPD for the RD training program. PhD applicants can apply to the GCPD once enrolled in the program. Acceptance into the GCPD is conditioned on acceptance to the Nutritional Sciences Program. The GCPD admits 14 students to the program each fall.

To apply: Please see the Admission requirements and prerequisites and application instructions

All GCPD offers of admission are contingent on passing a national background check at the applicant’s expense ($50-100).

Intern Concentrations

The University of Washington coordinated program offers two concentration areas: Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and Public Health (PH). Usually MS students select the MNT concentration, MPH students complete the PH concentration, and PhD students select the concentration that best supports their career goals. MPH – Nutrition students may use the public health concentration as their public health practicum to meet the School of Public Health degree requirements. Interns work closely with GCPD faculty to select their concentration rotation. Other rotations are assigned. For more information on the rotations, please see our Practice Experience page.


The GCPD curriculum is integrated into the first five quarters of the graduate degree curricula, followed by three quarters of the internship. For course requirements please see the MS in Nutritional Sciences or MPH in Nutritional Sciences curriculum pages. Students accepted into the GCPD along with the degree program have a high credit load, leaving little time for additional electives. The timing of PhD student course and internship requirements will be coordinated on a case by case basis to accommodate their dissertation research projects.

Immunizations, Health Insurance, And Safety Training Requirements

Students in the GCPD are subject to the policies of the School of Public Health and the Nutritional Sciences Program, specifically the policy on immunizations, health insurance and safety training. All students are also subject to a national background check. Students are required to maintain liability insurance. Students not compliant with the Immunization or Background Check requirements will not be allowed to complete practice experience rotations.  Practice experience sites have their own set of requirements including background checks, orientation, and drug tests.

Completion of the GCPD & Eligibility for the RD Exam


The GCPD at the University of Washington is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly called the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

Website: http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/acend

Completion of the GCPD, Graduation and Issuance of the Verification Form

Upon successful completion of all requirements of the GCPD, including degree requirements, the student will receive a verification form as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduates will submit an application to the GCPD Program Director to apply to the Commission on Dietetics Registration to sit for the Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN) examination. It usually takes 3-4 weeks post-graduation for graduates to receive permission to site for the RD/RDN exam. Washington State does not currently offer licensure to Registered Dietitians but they do offer Certification for Dietitian/Nutritionists.

GCPD Completion Rate and Pass Rate on RD Exam

The GCPD at the University of Washington has experienced a 98% completion rate over the last five years. Our graduates have been very successful in taking the RD/RDN examination with a 100% 1-year pass rate. Additional data is available upon request.

GCPD Faculty & Staff

Anne Lund, MPH, RD
Director, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Senior Lecturer, Epidemiology
Nutritional Sciences Program
School of Public Health
University of Washington

Michelle Averill, PhD, RD
Clinical Coordinator, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
School of Public Health
University of Washington

Lacey Henderson
Student Services Coordinator, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Nutritional Sciences Program
School of Public Health
University of Washington

Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
324 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
Seattle, WA 98195-3410
Email: gcpd@uw.edu