Date of Award
Master of Science
Margaret Ruth Williams-Hooker
Satish K Kedia
Terra Lisa Smith
Majority of Registered Dietitians (RD) in the United States are Caucasian females. This study aims to understand the factors associated with low enrollment of minority students in the dietetics major and difficulties faced in the process of becoming an RD. This was a descriptive survey research. Three sets of survey were given to ethnic minorities who were (1) undergraduate dietetic students in Tennessee, (2) undergraduate students not majoring in dietetics at University of Memphis, and (3) dietetic interns in Tennessee. Seventeen, eleven and six participants responded to survey 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Eight respondents (73%) from survey 2 reported never heard of RD. There is a negative perception that dietitians are underappreciated.Dietetic students and interns faced difficulties maintaining good grades and obtaining dietetic-related jobs during undergraduate. Interventions derived from the results focus in increasing marketing and publicity of the dietetics profession and assisting current ethnic minority dietetic students.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Ter, Xin Yi, "Diversity in the Dietetics Profession" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 842.