B.S in Nutrition and Dietetics
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Nutrition and Dietetics is a study comprising of the science of nutrition together with an in-depth understanding of medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition, and food service systems management. The focus is to train students to work effectively with patients, families, communities, and governments at the local, regional, and international levels. Also, to participate in providing the appropriate nutrition education and counseling to patients and community residents within the given cultural context; as well as, to design and/or provide guidance in the development of community nutrition programmes to prevent or lower the potential risk of chronic diseases within populations, promote food security, and alleviate nutrient deficiencies. Sample courses to be taken as part of this programme can be found below
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- FDNT118 The Profession of Dietetics
A discussion of the dietetics profession and the role of the dietitian within the healthcare team. Ethical concerns in the practice of dietetics.
- FDNT321: Introduction to Clinical Nutrition
Basic knowledge of the responsibilities of the clinical dietitian: review of the medical record, documentation in the medical record, medical terminology, and patient interviewing. Clinical management will include normal nutrition needs of individuals across the lifespan, with a focus on pregnancy and lactation, normal infant growth and development; childhood and adolescence, with an overview of school feeding programmes. Introduces nutrition assessment, adult men and women’s health issues, geriatrics, anemia, food allergies, vegetarian diets, nutrition quackery, obesity, eating disorders, and ethnic dietary patterns. Lecture 3 hours, practicum 6 per week.
- FDNT343: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
Basic biochemical and pathophysiological processes that necessitate dietary modifications in the clinical management of the patient with pulmonary disease including cystic fibrosis; digestive disorders of the liver, biliary system, and pancreas; alcoholism; renal disease; solid-organ transplantation; sepsis/trauma; metabolic disorders; and neurologic disorders including spinal cord injury and stroke. Continues nutrition assessment, patient interviewing, and counseling. Applies for enteral and parental nutrition support when indicated in the clinical management of patients with these conditions. Introduces preparation of an in-depth case study. Lecture 2 hours, practicum 9 hours per week.
- FDNT421: Community Nutrition I
The course is geared toward identifying the needs of the community and learning the processes of planning, implementation, and evaluation of community nutrition programmes. It assesses current nutrition programmes and services at the local and national level in addition to assessing the impact of nutrition policies and legislation on the health of a community