CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy students Ms. Apoorva Shrivastava and Ms. Chioma Amadi worked with Drs. Ann Gaba and Ashish Joshi to conduct an exploratory analysis to identify nutrition and dietetics workforce needs, skills, and expertise in the New York metropolitan area. Their research was published in the Global Journal of Health Science.
The team reviewed position announcements over a 4 year period. They identified various educational levels, credentials and skills desired by employers. The researcher then assessed and compared the findings to similar data from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The credentials and skills most desired by employers are similar to some of the learning objectives set forth for Didactic Program in Dietetics and Dietetic Internship programs by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, but are not entirely congruent. The need for both client/customer focus and computer literacy may be implicit in the standards, but a more overt inclusion of these skills would likely be of benefit to ensure these are inculcated into every program and student.