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.