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Diversity and Equity in Dietetics and Undergraduate Nutrition Education in Manitoba

Natalie D. Riediger PhD,abc Oribim Kingson BSc,b Adriana Mudryj PhD,abc Kayla L. Farquhar RD,d Kerry A. Spence RD, MSc,b Kathy Vagianos RD, MSc,b Miyoung Suh RD, PhDb

aDepartment of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

bDepartment of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

cOngomiizwin Research, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

dDiabetes Integration Project, Nanaandawewigamig, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Published on the web 15 November 2018.


Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, https://doi.org/10.3148/cjdpr-2018-034

Abstract

Purpose: The objectives of this study were (i) to describe ethnicity, tuition funding sources, and living arrangements during degree among Registered Dietitian (RD) and non-RD alumni of the University of Manitoba’s undergraduate nutrition program and (ii) to describe barriers to obtaining an internship among those who did not become an RD.

Methods: A 31-item, self-administered, online questionnaire was distributed to nutrition graduates. Binary logistic regression was used to test for predictors of RD status (vs. non-RD).

Results: Of the 195 participants who completed the survey (37% response rate), 68% identified as an RD and 31% did not. White students had 3.8 times higher odds of being an RD (P?<?0.001) compared with students of an ethnic minority. Those who had received a student loan (P?=?0.033) or lived with their parents during their degree (P?=?0.004) also had significantly lower odds of being an RD. The most common barrier for not completing the dietetic internship by non-RDs was that the application process was too stressful.

Conclusions: Results from this study highlight the need for the dietetics field to address systemic barriers for students of ethnic minorities and low socioeconomic backgrounds, including barriers during the degree program and in the internship selection process.

Financial support: Funding for this project was provided by start-up funds to NR from the Department of Community Health Sciences.

Conflicts of interest: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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