B.Sc. in Nutrition and Health

Programme Overview

Duration: 3 Years | Programme Code: 100203

B.Sc. in Nutrition & Health is a single major programme which offers two distinct pathways; Nutrition and Health and a limited opportunity to mix the two. This course investigates the scientific aspects of food science and nutrition and the wider implications of diet on our health and wellbeing. The politics of food in society, involving manufacturers, retailers, consumers and health professionals, are complex and continually evolving. The programme provides a balance of scientific and socio-economic studies of diet, nutrition and related health aspects. Its breadth leads to an appreciation of the key positions of food in society, health and well-being, as well as in the manufacture, marketing and retailing of foods, and a knowledge of the appropriate law and regulations. At the interface between nutrition and health, graduates will be key in the development of new healthy eating trends, advice on proper food choices to individuals or communities, maintain good health, prevent malnutrition or manage therapeutic diet.

Programme Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will demonstrate knowledge in the field of nutrition and health complemented by the appropriate skills and attributes.
  • Graduates will apply diet therapy to solve complex diseased state and malnutrition related problems in patients.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate leadership qualities and entrepreneur skills by working and communicating effectively in interdisciplinary environment, either individually or in a group.
  • The graduates will have a broad outlook towards sociological and ethical issues that influence the range, quality and acceptability of foods produced in an industrial society and its availability to the consumers.
  • The graduates will engage in life-long learning and professional development through self-study, continuing education or graduate and professional studies.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired through programme to practice the profession of nutrition and health.
  • Recognize and apply subject-specific theories, paradigms, concepts or principles for diet therapy in various disease conditions from Pediatric to Geriatric population.
  • Differentiate between the classes of nutrients and supporting non-nutrient factors in food in terms of their essentiality, bio availability, dispensability, metabolism and their effects on growth, development and repair.
  • Lead actively a team of in various inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary health care areas.
  • Understand and appreciate the role of nutritionist in the development of healthy society.
  • Undertake Public Health care projects and camps for extending awareness in society about nutrition and health.
  • Understand ethical practice as nutritionist in professional and social contexts that govern decision making and respect for the dignity of the patient.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills with effective exchange of professional information.
  • Create, select and apply current tools and techniques of nutritional science for the welfare of diverse communities.
  • Recognize the need to engage in independent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change in the field of nutrition through continuing education and research.

Programme Highlights

Some of the major areas that will be covered are Basic Nutrition & Food Science, Biochemistry (Metabolism), Physiology & Promotive Health, Introduction to food safety, Nutritional management in health and disease, Human nutrition,Community nutrition, Diet Therapy and Techniques in patient counselling.

Career Avenues

There are ample career opportunities for nutritionist in Hospitals, Hotels, Health and Fitness clubs. Graduates of this programme can work as:

Clinical Dietitians: They are specialists in food nutrition services in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices. They assess patient nutrition, develop dietary plans, provide patient counselling, and monitor patient's progress. Community Dietitians: Theywork in public health agencies, health and fitness clubs, and day care centers. They counsel people on food choices and direct programmes in nutrition awareness and disease prevention. Management Dietitians: They are specialize in food service systems or clinical management. They work in hospitals, nursing homes, school food service, cafeterias, and restaurants. They manage personnel, plan and conduct employee training programmes, design food systems, and plan budgets. Researcher: Graduates with in depth knowledge and innovative skills can work as a researcher and trainer in educational institutions and culinary school. Consultant/Private Practice: Graduates can have their private practice consultation involving client counseling for weight management, eating disorders, sports nutrition, diabetes management, etc. from either physician referrals and/or advertisements. Sports and Health Clubs: Graduates of this Programme can also work for sports, Health and recreation clubs as nutritionists and dietitians. Employment opportunities are also open to them in catering department of star hotels and restaurants. Media: Graduates with good communication skills can pursue career in media particularly in radio/TV shows on healthcare. International and National Organizations: Students can also join various jobs offered by national/international regulatory agencies such as UNICEF, WHO, CRY, NIPCD etc.

Entry Requirements

Candidate who have completed 10+2 in science stream with physics and chemistry as compulsory subject with Math/Biology/Biotechnology or any other equivalent examination recognized by the university. In addition candidates will also have to appear in GATA (Goenkan Aptitude Test for Admission) and Personal Interview.