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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Asesewa, Ghana; Dharwad, India; Legon, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Fall, Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin Program Director: Anderson, Jean, Bergquist, Erin
Cumulative GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: FSHN 556
Program Description:

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Community Dietetics Internship Rotation in Rural Ghana


The Iowa State University Dietetic Internship (DI)/Graduate Certificate in Dietetics Internship began as an AP4 program in 1989. It meets the performance requirements for experience programs for students who have completed the academic requirements of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). The internship is administered through the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and interns are admitted to Iowa State University (ISU) as graduate students seeking a “Graduate Certificate in Dietetics Internship.” Students successfully completing the internship will be eligible to take the registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Successful completion of the internship and the registration examination meet the requirements to be a Registered Dietitian (RD). In addition, they will receive a “Graduate Certificate in Dietetics Internship” which will be indicated on their final transcript. The Iowa State University Dietetic Internship will provide a 4 week international community nutrition option in Ghana for qualified, interested dietetic interns enrolled in the ISU DI.  Interns will enroll in FS HN 556: Dietetic Internship III (3 credits), which is offered each summer and fall semester.


At the end of the program, students will:

  1. Enhance their professional skills through application of the Nutrition Care Process in a rural, underserved, international community.
  2. Promote cultural understanding through shared cultural experiences with local Ghanaian dietetic interns and North American dietetic interns.
  3. Understand and demonstrate ability to support existing heath care and community systems in providing nutrition through nutrition-related activities.
Evaluation will take place with a Leadership and Professional Practice Rubric to be completed by the site coordinator with input from the advisory board and community members. Interns will complete self and peer evaluations, and a weekly reflective journal will be submitted. Each group will demonstrate use of the Nutrition Care Process and complete a final report with presentations at the community site and at the University of Ghana.



Tentative Itinerary and Program Information

Weekends: University of Ghana International Student Housing, Legon

Weekdays: Nutrition Research Center, Asesewa


Weekends: Students to provide (will have access to nearby grocery stores and restaurants)

Weekdays: Two meals provided daily at the Nutrition Research Center (students have access to  kitchen, storage, and prep areas for other meals – will have to bring groceries for selves for other meals and snacks)


Week 1
Monday (Legon): Cultural Orientation and Discussion of the Schedule and Program Objectives, tour campus (Nutrition and Food Science Department, Library, Bookstore, and Student Counseling Services). Visit grocery stores.
Tuesday (Accra): Tour hospitals – Korle Bu DM Center and Therapy Dept. and Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital. 
Wednesday (Asesewa):  Travel to Asesewa. Depart 8 am – arrive 11 am – get settled and oriented to the area. 3 pm - Group Orientation to the Center. Queen Mother cultural introduction.
Thursday (Asesewa): Orientation to hospital, CHPS, community area and leaders. Lunch, rest for few hours. Evening training on data collection (PDA).
Friday (Asesewa): 9-12: Market experience. Depart for Accra by 2 pm.
Saturday (Legon): Planned trip – social activities. Accra tour.  Swimming pool at La Palm Resort.  Art Center. Makola Market.
Sunday (Legon): Rest

Week 2
Monday (Asesewa): Depart 8 am – arrive 11 am. 12:30 pm Lunch and overview of activities.  2 pm- 6 pm: Visit community, initial introduction to leaders and community health workers.  Conduct a focus group about community.  Eve: Report and reflection of focus group.
Tuesday – Thursday (Asesewa): Data Collection in the community.

Friday (Asesewa): Data organizing; 2 pm: Depart for Accra.
Saturday and Sunday (Legon): Rest

Week 3
Monday (Asesewa): Depart 8 am – arrive 11 am. Finish community data collection – further process data; work through steps of the Nutrition Care Process. Monday night: Local meal preparation experimentation.

Tuesday (Asesewa): Start community intervention
Wednesday (Asesewa):  Continue intervention
Thursday (Asesewa):  Reflection, plan next week’s activities. Leave for Accra at 2 pm
Friday: Planned trip to Kakum National Park and Elmina
Saturday and Sunday (Legon): Rest

Week 4
Monday (Asesewa): Depart 8 am – arrive 11 am. Continue intervention – Develop data collection
Tuesday (Asesewa):  Plan durbars, Continue Nutrition Care Process Planning
Wednesday (Asesewa):  Continue Nutrition Care Process Planning; write report; plan Friday presentation
Thursday (Asesewa):  Community durbars, leave for Legon
Friday (Legon): Interns present final report at University of Ghana. Give certificates, prep for departure
Saturday: Depart for Home


Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of FS HN 554: Dietetic Internship I, FS HN 555: Dietetic Internship II, and pre-program classes as specified.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Skills and additional requirements:  Independent, critical thinking skills, good judgment, team player, mature, hardworking, able to meet financial and health requirements, and meet acceptance criteria for the ISU DI

The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.



All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Costs and Financial Assistance

Budget information for the summer program is available by clicking here and for the fall program by clicking here. Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.  Participants are eligible to apply for the CHS Tuition Award Scholarship through the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office.

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the Summer 2018 program is March 1. All students commit to their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than July 8, 2016. Those students who commit to their offers are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If a participant withdraws, he or she will be responsible for a $200 withdrawal penalty and all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. Charges will be applied to the student’s U-bill.

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Community Dietetics Internship Rotation in Rural Ghana should be directed to Program Directors Jean Anderson and Erin Bergquist. Questions about the ISUAbroad application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office.


This program is currently not accepting applications.