BSc Dietetics and Human Nutrition

What is Dietetics?
Dietetics is the science of applying the principles of nutrition to the diet. It therefore includes the nutritional planning and preparation of food in the prevention and treatment of disease for both individuals and groups of people at a public health level. This includes the promotion, maintenance and improvement of health, and the control of nutrition-related diseases.

What is a dietitian? 
Dietitians are qualified health professional registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) with training in all aspects and fields of nutrition. They are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition-related problems. Dietitians use the most up-to-date evidence on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidelines to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. 

Our graduates understand that nutrition is the single most important factor in determining a person's health, and they are equipped to translate and use scientific nutrition information in the development of dietary and lifestyle interventions to improve the nutrition of individuals and groups according to needs dictated by age, preference, culture, available finances and facilities.

What do Dietitians do?
Dietitians work in various areas including clinical dietitians, community dietitians, food service management dietitians, consulting dietitians and private practicing dietitians, while a number also work in research and management.

What career opportunities are available to Dietitians?
Due to the various areas dietitians work in, they find employment in private and public health facilities, conduct research and education, work in sports nutrition, the food and food service industry, pharmaceutical companies, local health authorities, as well as national and provincial health services.

The BSc Dietetics and Human Nutrition curriculum consists of the following subjects:

Year of study  Semester Subjects
First year
1 Biology 101, Chemistry 110, Nutrition 114, Zulu 101 or Elective 
2 Chemistry 120, Food Science 120, Statistics 130, Nutrition 124
Second year
1 Biochemistry 201, Food Science 210, Introduction to Human Physiology 200, Nutrition 224
2 Biochemistry 212, Dietetics 237, Introduction to Pathophysiology 200, Counselling Principles and Ethics in Dietetics 251
Third year
1 Diet Therapy Medical I 381, Diet Therapy Medical II 382, Food Production Systems and Plans 332, Community Nutrition 343
2 Research and Nutritional Epidemiology 312, Diet Therapy Surgical 380, Management Theory and Practice 333, Nutrition and Communication 342
Fourth Year Annual Food Service Management Internship in Dietetics 740, Therapy Internship in Dietetics 740, Research Project in Dietetics 741, Community Nutrition Internship in Dietetics 740

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