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Welcome From Our Program Director

Funderburk WEL

Dear Applicant,

On behalf of the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps, I sincerely thank you for your interest in our program. Our program, often called the Graduate Program in Nutrition (GPN), is a unique alternative to traditional graduate programs in nutrition and dietetic internships. The GPN is 9 months of challenging graduate education followed by a 12 month internship. The internship phase includes the practical application of dietetics knowledge and skills under supervision of dietitians in preparation for the registration examination, and completion of a research project or thesis to complete requirements to earn a Master’s degree. Students who complete the program earn a Master’s of Science degree from Baylor University, our sponsoring university. Students receive full military salaries and benefits during the program. Our emphasis is on military leadership, research and clinical excellence. We are committed to our mission to: Produce innovative and responsive Military Officers and Army Dietitians who provide superior nutritional medicine, services and guidance in support of Warfighter and Family readiness.

This program prepares you to be part of the small group of eligible U.S. population who serve our country in uniform. As a preparatory program for military service as commissioned officers in the United States Army, our program is based on the Army values of Loyalty, Duty Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Duty, and Personal Courage. We seek applicants who support and embody these values and want to be part of a legacy of military dietetics that has continued for almost 100 years.

Each year our program also considers fully qualified civilian Registered Dietitians (RD) as applicants into the Graduate Program in Nutrition. After completing the graduate coursework and research requirements, graduates are assigned to military medical centers and community hospitals.

Our superior benefits for graduate students and entry-level dietitians include: competitive salary, 30 days paid vacation per year, full health and dental benefits, and opportunities for paid continuing education.

The GPN is a challenging and rewarding program. To learn more contact a healthcare recruiter or contact the GPN faculty directly.

Best Wishes,

Stephanie A. Meyer, LTC, Dr.PH, MS, RDN, LD
Program Director
U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition