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    Individual Supervised Program
  Monica Esquivel

Coordinator, Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway
Monica Esquivel, PhD, RDN, CSSD

Phone:  808-956-8691
Fax:  808-956-4024


Supervised Practice Pathway

The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM) Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) within the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and fulfills the same requirements as a Dietetic Internship. ISPP interns who do not already possess a masters degree are concurrently enrolled in the MS in Nutritional Sciences RDN concentration. Admission into the ISPP requires admission or good standing in the MS in Nutritional Sciences program at UHM OR completion of a MS in Nutritional Sciences program. The program includes 1,000 hours of supervised practice in various rotation sites.  Upon successful completion of the UHM ISPP, each student will have earned the MS in Nutritional Sciences RDN concentration and receive a verification of completion certificate and be eligible to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians.

  • The UHM ISPP is only available to graduates who were not matched in the D & D Digital match in the current year or within the past five years (proof required) but who possess a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement.
  • Admission to the ISPP will require acceptance/good standing in the MS Nutritional Sciences program at UHM. Click here for admissions and application instructions. Individuals interested in the ISPP must submit an application to the MS in Nutritional Sciences program as well as the ISPP program (Note: For individuals who already possess an MS in Nutritional Sciences and are interested in the ISPP,  contact the program director).
  • The UHM ISPP is a Full-time program.  It allows up to 150% of the full-time (27 months) program to complete experiences.  In extenuating circumstances, the program allows the option of up to 200% of the full-time (36 months) program if approved by the DPD Director and ISPP Coordinator.
  • The UHM ISPP is open to any student in possession of a DPD verification statement including those from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa or are Hawai'i residents.  Out-of-state students may be accepted if space is available.  Priority for the UHM ISPP is given to Hawai'i residents. Students not matched in the April D & D Digital match or within the past five years are eligible to submit the UHM ISPP Online Application Packet.

The UHM ISPP provides DPD graduates  with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of food and nutrition science and to acquire competencies needed to practice dietetics in a variety of settings. Graduates of the UHM ISPP are expected to function as entry level practitioners in clinical, food service, and community dietetic roles. Each is expected to operate independently with a high level of professionalism and integrity. The UHM ISPP is focused on Hawai'i’s unique community and therefore, offers a community concentration. Through its activities, the UHM ISPP will promote education of students in the multicultural environment, service in a variety of community settings, and participation in various professional organizations.

Remote Learning

The UHM ISPP program does offer some remote learning supervised practice experiences (rotations on Hawaii Island and Kauai) and distance education. Interns are required to have a computer or laptop with capabilities to share video and audio and access to the internet. 

Beginning in 2024, the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians will change from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree. A graduate degree includes a master’s degree, practice doctorate, doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.Dor, D.Sc.) All other entry-level dietitian registration eligibility requirements remain the same.


ISPP Nutrition Corner

Check back here regularly for blog posts on nutrition research and health, written by our UHM ISPP interns!


How is my vegan diet changing my gut? By Lindsey Daima

There are many articles and studies out there that rave about the health benefits of a vegan diet, but how does consuming only plant-based products affect your gut health? I recently read a review article that explains the microbiota changes that have been observed among participants that follow a vegan diet (Wong et al., 2018). The authors breakdown the various changes according to diseases such as metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease.
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Five Feet Apart: Cystic Fibrosis and Nutritional Concerns by Ryann Oshiba

I’m sure many of you have heard or seen about the new movie coming out, called Five Feet Apart, featuring two teenagers who have cystic fibrosis that find love in a hospital and are told they cannot be together because of their illnesses. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation that affects multiple parts of a person’s body, including their lungs, pancreas, and other organs.1 This condition can cause people to have difficulty breathing, growing properly, fighting off il...
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Will my family and friends hate me if I’m a vegan? By Lindsey Daima

Plant based eating habits have been on rise amongst Americans, but so has frequency of consumption of meat. The increase of meat consumption has been attributed to increased income and growth of an aspiring middle class. Various social factors may also be contributing to consumer’s hesitation to choosing a plant based diet. The study I have reviewed addressed these social factors as well as stigma associated with vegans.
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Meet Food Science’s New Non-Dairy Milk By Erin Ishiyama

Non-dairy milk is popular today as an alternative to animal milk (cow, goat, sheep, etc.). The popular types of non-dairy milk include soymilk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, and rice milk. In South Africa, a new type of non-dairy milk was made from a Adenanthera pavonina (A. Pavonina) bean (Afolabi et al., 2018). It was originally grown and eaten by people in the Pacific Ocean but is now found all over the world (“Adenanthera pavonina (red-bead tree),” n.d.). In Hawaii and the USA ...
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Fiber isn’t just for adults and the elderly, children benefit too! By Ryann Oshiba

A common misconception held by both parents and children, is that kids don’t need fiber in their diet too. Many people associate fiber as something only elderly adults need. However, children in the United States only consume roughly half the Adequate Intake for fiber.3 This can be of concern when a child is gaining weight too quickly for their appropriate age range and may have other implications like constipation. Teaching your child to eat fiber will also benefit them when they get older, as...
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Dairy- Can you stomach it? By Erin Ishiyama

Gastric cancer (aka stomach cancer) is a cancer that starts in the stomach and usually takes years to develop. It is the fifth most common cancer in the world, the second most common cause of death from cancer. The reviewed study analyzed other research to see if dairy, milk or cheese primarily, affects whether or not people develop stomach cancer.
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Nutrition During Pregnancy & Lactation: What to Expect When You're Expecting By Ryann Oshiba

In our society, there are thousands of books and websites that will tell you what you should and shouldn’t do when you are expecting a child. Many people will hold different opinions on what you should eat and what you should stay away from. Ultimately, regardless of what your doctor, dietitian, friends, or family say, the choice is up to you. So what should a pregnant women eat? It is important to first understand some basic principles of healthy eating and to be aware of foods and substances ...
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Why not go plant-based? By Lindsay Daima

Plant-based eating or otherwise known as veganism has been an increasing trend amongst today’s society. Whether people make this dietary change in relation to improvements in health or supporting animal welfare there are also various perceived barriers to choosing veganism. The study I have read discussed these barriers amongst a population in Finland, which similar to America is a western nation whose society has high living standards and meat consumption. The results of this study were gather...
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Plants Based Diets, Weight Loss, and Obesity By Lindsey Daima

Plant based diets are an increasing trend among today’s society, but have you ever thought what the actual statistics behind the benefits are? I recently read a meta-analysis study that reviewed research regarding the effects of a plant-based diet (vegan) on weight loss and obesity prevention (Turner-McGrievy, Mandes, & Crimarco, n.d.).
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Nutrition Before Pregnancy: How Important is it for Mom and Baby? By Ryann Oshiba

Did you know that in the 1800’s women were recommended to limit their food intake to smaller amounts than they were eating before pregnancy? The idea was to limit nutrients and calorie intake in order to restrict fetal growth so deliveries would be easier.1 Nowadays, doctors encourage women to increase energy intake based on their body’s needs, especially with nutrient-dense foods that are safe for pregnant women. However, what about what we eat before pregnancy and preconception nutrition?
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