Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (BHND)

Dietetics is a profession which applies the science of nutrition in the maintenance of health in each of the life cycle stages as well as to the dietary management of various disease conditions.

Our 4 year dietetics degree program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to practice in any of the 3 key focus areas of the profession, i.e. Therapeutic Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Food Service Management.

Graduates will gain:

  • The ability to comprehend, analyse, synthesize and apply selected theories with a broad base of knowledge from basic sciences and clinical placements to support general practice
  • An understanding of the need to participate in the change process of health care systems across different sectors of population and diverse people
  • The ability to identify problems related to clinical research and to apply findings in order to inform the evolution of evidenced-based practice
  • The knowledge and understanding needed to identify and apply basic concepts of teaching and learning in general practice and in the promotion of health and preventive illness amongst diverse populations
  • The knowledge and ability to use basic concepts of leadership, including knowledge of internal and external organisational influences on practice in order to provide continuity of health care delivery
  • A working knowledge and skill of effective clinical judgment required for assessment, determining differentials, planning, implementing and evaluation in the context of care delivery

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Year One

Introduction to Biochemistry 
Principles of Nutritional Science
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
Introduction to Microbiology/ Cell and Molecular Biology
Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetics
Biochemistry II (Metabolism)
Biostatistics
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II
Practical Microbiology 
Introduction to Computer Applications in Nutrition

Year Two

Advanced Human Nutrition
Assessment of Nutritional Status
Food service systems management I
Food Composition and Analysis 
Nutrition and Immunity 
Nutrition Education and Behavior Change
Nutrition across the Lifespan
Principles of Diet Therapy/ Clinical Nutrition I
Community Nutrition I
Food Chemistry

Recess

  • Foundations in Environmental Health Sciences
  • Nutrition Practice I
  • Internship Training in Community Nutrition
  • Internship Training in Food Service System Management

Year Three

Nutrient-Drug Interactions
Introduction to Food Preparation 
Macronutrient Metabolism
Principles of Food Production (Lab)
Food, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS
Micronutrient Metabolism
Nutraceuticals and Nutrigenomics
Methods in Nutrition Research

Electives

  • Clinical Nutrition II
  • Community Nutrition II
  • Food Service Systems Management II 
  • Geriatric Nutrition 
  • Nutrition in Sports
  • Maternal and Child Care

Recess

  • Guidance and Counseling
  • Nutrition Practice I
  • Internship Training in Clinical Nutrition (hospital-nutrition unit attachment)

Year Four

Nutrition Research Project
Introduction to Communication and Extension
Methods
Food and Nutrition Security
Nutrition in Emergencies
Nutrition Research Project
Human Nutrition and Dietetics seminars 
Management in Nutrition
Ethics and Law in Health Care

Elective 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food Processing and Preservation
  • Nutrition Anthropology
  • Nutrition Epidemiology 

Professional opening for graduates in foods, Nutrition and Dietetics include the ministries of Health, Agriculture, Private and Government Hospitals, Hospices and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and other community service oriented organisations. Graduates of the program can be deployed in the community as field nutritionists by the government ministries or NGO’s, to advice families on food production and consumption in order to improve household food security and nutrition status. 

The graduates of this program are also well prepared for self-employment in the area of food service delivery, and as diet counselors to individuals or groups with diet related ailments.

Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent with two principle passes in either Physics, Chemistry or Biology
OR
Diploma in Health Sciences from a recognized institution