Medical Nutrition studies continue to occupy an important position in the world due to the prevailing food and nutritional problems affecting populations in both the developed and the developing countries. The study of nutrition is a dynamic science that incorporates knowledge of human biology and biochemistry to understand how the body utilizes nutrients and related substances for optimal health development throughout the lifecycle. Students gain an understanding of how the interplay of nutrition and lifestyle relate to current public health issues as well as the development and nutrition management of chronic and acute diseases. Students learn the scientific rationale and practice methodology to assess nutritional status for individuals in the clinical setting and for population analysis. They will use these skills to implement medical nutrition therapy and/or understand nutrition guidelines, standards, and policies.
Moreover, Nutrition has become one of the key issues facing society. Nutrition-related health problems are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, but optimal nutrition may enhance performance and well-being. People are starting to take more responsibility for their own health, and they need to know how lifestyle adjustments can prevent health problems instead of relying on costly medical intervention after problems have occurred. Knowledge about human nutrition and the application of this knowledge are essential elements in maintaining a healthy society. Medical Nutrition is a progressive, multi-disciplinary science requiring knowledge ranging from nutrient supply and metabolic processing by the body to psychosocial and behavioural factors influencing diet. It is based on biological science, physical health science, the human sciences, communication sciences and management sciences. The programme highlights the physiological changes that occur as a result of excesses or deficiencies of various nutrients in the diet, as well as the changes in nutritional needs from conception through birth, growth, adulthood, and ageing. Therefore, individual gain an understanding of factors that influence food choice and awareness of practices to promote dietary change. In addition to the professional skills ones gain, the major provides an excellent general education in how diet contributes to optimal personal health and well-being.
To prepare the students to be pioneers and leaders in Medical Nutrition, while being committed to social involvement and community upliftment.
To produce highly qualified graduates capable of serving the community in nutrition sciences including therapeutic nutrition, community nutrition and food service management. The program provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge required for developing professional skills and research.
Philosophy and Description of the Program
The Medical Nutrition program consists of theory and practical training. An outcomes-based and health care team approach in a clinical and a community environment is followed. The programme broadly comprises three areas of specialization within the scope of practice.
- Clinical dietetics (medical nutrition therapy) focuses on the nutrition of individuals, either preventative in terms of lifestyle-related diseases or therapeutic in the treatment of a disease.
- Community-based dietetics has the goal of educating and training communities or groups of people on how to improve their health through nutrition.
- The management of large-scale food service units, where the nutritional needs of clients or patients are taken into consideration when planning normal and therapeutic diets.
Duration of Study
Medical Nutrition program requires no less than 4 academic years. Consists of 167 credit hours.