BSc Dietetics

What is Dietetics?
The term "diet" stems from the Greek word "diata" meaning the way of life.  Dietetics is a profession. It is the science and art of Human Nutrition - of individuals and groups - for the promotion, maintenance and improvement of health, and the control of nutrition-related diseases in all sections of the population.

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 programmes to improve the nutrition of individuals and groups according to needs dictated by age, preference, culture, finances and facilities.

What do Dietitians do?
Community Nutrition: Dietitians help people in communities maximize their available resources to achieve the best possible nutrition, thus optimizing health and preventing disease.

Food Service Management:  Dietitians ensure that patients receive their best possible nutritional intake whilst in hospital.

Therapeutic / Clinical Dietetics:  Dietitians counsel patients (both in and out of hospital) to ensure that they are able to make the best food and lifestyle choices for their health and condition.

What career opportunities are available to Dietitians?

  • Private and Public Health Facilities
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research and Education
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Private Practice
  • Food and Food Service Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Local Health Authorities
  • Consultancy
  • National and Provincial Health Services

BSc Dietetics Curriculum: (please consult page 87 of the College handbook for further information)

Year 1 Semester 1  Biology 101, Chemistry 110, Nutrition 114, Zulu 101 or Elective.

Semester 2

Chemistry 120, Food Science 120, Statistics 130, Nutrition 124

Year 2

Semester 1

Biochemistry 201, Food Science 210, Mammalian Physiology 200, Nutrition 224

Semester 2

Biochemistry 212, Dietetics 237, Human Physiology 200, Microbiology 214, Nutrition 260

Year 3

Semester 1

Dietetics 311, Diet Therapy 350, Food Service Management 332, Nutrition 343

Semester 2

Dietetics 351, Diet Therapy 360, Food Service Management 333, Nutrition 342












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