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The Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) is administered by NOSM University (NOSM U), in collaboration with multiple preceptors, communities, and facilities throughout Northern Ontario.  NODIP is a nationally accredited professional program that provides practical, hands-on dietetic experience that enables students to obtain the Integrated Competencies For Dietetic Education and Practice, required of an entry-level registered dietitian.

NOSM U’s social accountability mandate and a commitment to community engaged and distributed learning is the foundation of NODIP.  

NOSM U’s mission is to improve the health of Northern Ontarians by being socially accountable in our education and research programs and by advocating for health equity.  It is the intention of NOSM U to maximize the recruitment of students who have lived in Northern Ontario and/or students who have a strong interest in and aptitude for practicing in Northern urban, rural, and remote communities. We are also committed to recruiting Indigenous, Francophone, and Franco-Ontarian students.

Standing Tall: NODIP@NOSM

Since 2007, the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) has demonstrated a commitment to improving the health of Northern communities. Graduates are trained by dedicated preceptors and committed organizations. Upon completion of their program, NODIP graduates work in diverse practice settings, serving their communities in different ways. To learn more about NODIP, view the video Standing Tall: NODIP@NOSM, created recently by Dr. Hoi Cheu, Professor of English and Film Studies at Laurentian University.

Achievement Report

Since 2007, NOSM U has offered the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program, a 46-week internship that teaches dietetic interns the skills and knowledge they need for rural and Northern practice. In July of 2017, NODIP celebrated the tenth graduation of NODIP interns. Here are some of the many successes the program and its faculty, learners, and graduates have garnered over the years.

NODIP Achievement Report

About the Program

NODIP provides practical experience for students to obtain the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice. The internship is a comprehensive 46-week program in which students are exposed to nutrition care, population and public health, and management roles in dietetics.

NODIP offers a wide range of challenging learning experiences in a variety of practice settings including:

  • Regional Hospitals
  • Family Health Teams
  • Public Health Units
  • Community Health Centres
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Small Rural Hospitals
  • Indigenous Communities

This internship will help you develop the unique skills required to meet the growing demand for health professionals in Northern and rural communities.

Up to 12 successful applicants will be selected annually for this 46-week program which begins in early September. Interns will live and practice in one of three primary sites: Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and Sudbury.

Applications for the 2024/25 NODIP will be submitted directly to NOSM U.  Please refer to Application & Selection Process for more details.

Program Outline

Orientation /Professional Development: 2 weeks
Food Provision and Management: 6 weeks
Nutrition Care: ~20 weeks
Population and Health Promotion: ~10 weeks
Practice-Based Project: 4 weeks
Consolidation: 3 weeks
Vacation: 2 weeks
Total (including vacation): 46 weeks

A minimum four to six-week rural placement is required for this program. NOSM U housing and mileage reimbursement are provided for placements outside of the intern’s primary site.

Rotation Examples

Rotations/placements are available for each component of the program. Below are examples; exact placements cannot be guaranteed and may change year to year.

Food Service and Management

  • Food service operations in a  hospital or long term care facility
  • Human resources management
  • Working in a unionized environment
  • Project management


  • Regional bariatric assessment centres
  • Cancer centres
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Diabetes programs
  • Family health teams

Inpatient Clinical

  • Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Oncology
  • Surgery
  • Renal Care
  • Critical care
  • Pediatrics

Population and Public Health

  • Public health units
  • Aboriginal Health Access Centres
  • Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
  • Family health teams
  • Community health centres

Practice-Based Projects

Topics are submitted annually by RD preceptors from the various NODIP placement sites. Two dietetic interns are paired and then assigned to a project, which is completed over the internship year, including four scheduled research weeks.

2022-2023 Projects

  • Exploring new and existing tools and resources for the PEN system Indigenous – Food, Nutrition, and Health Knowledge Pathway
  • Integrating social justice into dietetic practice
  • An impact evaluation of Cooking with Dietitians
  • Characteristics of older adults at malnutrition risk after hospital discharge then readmitted within 90 days (2023)
  • Comprehensive nutrition program with Shkoday

2021-2022 Projects

  • Food as medicine in mental health: a virtual interprofessional learner culinary nutrition intervention
  • Cooking with dietitians: developing a nutrition course for cancer patients
  • Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program: graduate outcomes evaluation
  • Determining appropriate pre-dialysis and dialysate potassium for hemodialysis patients at Algoma Regional Renal Program (ARRP)
  • The integration of the TRCC Calls to Action in Canadian dietetic education

2020-2021 Projects

  • Cooking with dietitians: planning an impact evaluation
  • Comparing malnutrition screening tools for community-dwelling seniors
  • Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of weight bias among staff at the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
  • Medical students’ perceptions of the nutrition curriculum in their Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) at NOSM U
  • Determining comprehension of the low phosphate diet in dialysis patients at Sault Area Hospital (SAH) Renal Program

Examples of project deliverables:

Characteristics of older adults at malnutrition risk after hospital discharge then readmitted within 90 days (2023)

Therapeutic Christmas hampers: Impact on nutrition knowledge, attitudes and behaviour with hemodialysis patients (Northern Health Research Conference 2017, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital Research Day 2018)

Knowledge and attitudes of NOSM U medical students on the importance of a supportive food environment and its relationship to healthy eating (Dietitians of Canada National Conference 2017)

Nutrition and Autism Spectrum Disorder: A needs assessment and environmental scan to inform nutrition curriculum and training for non-medical diagnostic and therapeutic service providers in Northern Ontario (Dietitians of Canada National Conference 2018, Northern Health Research Conference 2018)

Northeast Cancer Centre Cooking with Dietitians: Phase 1 of 3 – an Impact Evaluation (Northern Health Research Conference, 2020)

Professional Development and NODIP Resources

NODIP’s professional development includes an annual calendar of workshops on topics including research and data analysis, program evaluation, health literacy and clear language, pediatrics, renal disease, food allergies, the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology and Nutrition Care Process. There may also be opportunities to attend events and workshops offered during some rotations and/or by organizations such as Dietitians of Canada.

NODIP SharePoint Site

As a distributed learning program, the learning SharePoint site is the primary tool for communication. The site includes:

  • All placement information, intern schedules and materials are online.
  • Common performance objectives and evaluation forms.
  • A Resource Centre of workshop materials, additional resources and references.

Shown below: NODIP’s professional development opportunities include an annual calendar of workshops on topics including a Growth Assessment Workshop.

Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program student measuring a baby's head circumference.