About

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. 

Vision

To prepare the students to be pioneers and leaders in Medical Nutrition, while being committed to social involvement and community upliftment.

Mission

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. 
  1. 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. 
  2. Community-based dietetics has the goal of educating and training communities or groups of people on how to improve their health through nutrition. 
  3. 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.

Study Plan

Study plan

The study plan is special for its richness of department specialized courses. The curriculum is well sequenced in order to let the students apply their creative and critical thinking skills to understand further courses.
The first-year courses will include common basic scientific courses require for nutrition major, so students can maintain the maximum possible flexibility at this level. At second year this flexibility continues, allowing students to retain the option of several other majoring courses along with Medical Nutrition. At third and fourth years, the majoring requirements in Medical Nutrition are highly specialized. Students will have internship for six months- Three months after year three and three months after year four- to apply Medical Nutrition studies at community and hospital level. 

Curriculum educational objectives

Graduates of Medical Nutrition will be highly competent in: 

  1. Engaging in current nutrition and health issues affecting national and global communities. 
  2. Acquiring critical thinking skills and scientific interest. 
  3. Developing essential active learning skilled enabling them to reach their full potential.

Level: 1. Semster: 1

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Arabic Language I 2 - - 2 2
2 Academic English I 2 - - 2 2
3 Computer skill 2 2 - 3 4
4 Biology 2 2 3 4
5 Medical Physics 2 2 - 3 4
6 Chemistry 2 2 - 3 4
7 Mathematics 2 - - 2 2

Level: 1. Semster: 2

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Academic English II 2 - - 2 2
2 Arabic Language II 2 - - 2 2
3 Islamic Culture 2 - - 2 2
4 Physiology I 4 3 - 5 7
5 Biochemistry I 4 3 - 5 7
6 Anatomy 3 3 4 6

Level: 2. Semster: 1

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Leadership and Communication Skills 2 - - 2 2
2 Physiology II 4 - - 4 4
3 Biochemistry II 4 3 - 5 7
4 Medical statistics 2 - - 2 2
5 Parasitology 2 2 - 3 4
6 Introduction to Human Nutrition 2 - - 2 2

Level: 2. Semster: 2

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Epidemiology 2 2 - 3 4
2 Biochemistry III 4 2 - 5 6
3 Food Science 2 - - 2 2
4 Food Analyses 2 4 - 4 6
5 Microbiology 2 3 - 3 5
6 Nutrition and Immunology 2 2 2
7 Food Preparation 2 2 3 4

Level: 3. Semster: 1

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Nutrition Through Life Span I - 3 - 3 5
2 Food Safety - - - 2 2
3 Food Services Management - 3 - 3 5
4 Pharmacology - 2 - 4 5
5 Food Microbiology - 3 - 3 5
6 Human Nutrition and Metabolism - - - 4 4
7 Introduction to Community Health 2 - - 2 2

Level: 3. Semster: 2

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Research Methods 2 3 - 3 5
2 Ethics & Social Responsibility 2 - - 2 2
3 Psychology 2 - - 2 2
4 Nutrition Through Life Span II 2 3 - 3 5
5 Nutrition Assessment and Surveillance 2 3 - 3 5
6 Nutrition in Clinical Patient 2 3 - 3 5
7 Perspectives in Food and Nutrition Security 3 - - 3 3
8 Community Nutrition 2 3 - 3 5

Level: 3. Summer Semster

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Internship I - - - 8 240

Level: 4. Semster: 1

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Diet Therapy I 2 3 - 3 5
2 Nutrition in Emergency 2 3 - 3 5
3 Fitness 2 3 - 3 5
4 Research Project I 2 3 - 3 5
5 Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals 4 - - 4 4

Level: 4. Semster: 2

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Diet Therapy II 2 3 - 3 5
2 Pediatrics 2 - - 2 2
3 Research Project II 2 3 - 3 5
4 Socio-Culture Aspect of Food and Nutrition 2 3 - 3 5
5 Nutrition Counseling and Communication Skills 2 3 - 3 5

Level: 4. Summer Semster

# course Theory Practical Tutorials Credit Contact
1 Internship II - - - 8 240

Laboratories

 

Job Opportunities

  1. Government and non-government organizations.
  2. International Organizations, such as UN, WHO, Medicine Sans Frontier…etc.
  3. Food and Nutraceuticals Industry, such as the development, testing and marketing of food products.
  4. Health corporations such as Nutrition Clinics and hospitals.
  5. Private Clinics.
  6. Medical Consulting.
  7. Awareness services such as, writing reports and workshops awareness.