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Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Course Rationale
The high incidence and prevalence of preventable diseases, the emergence of new diseases, food insecurity and the need for proper Nutrition, places a heavy demand on the training institutions offering nutrition related courses.

Advances in I.C.T call for a need to improve training Curriculum to be relevant to today’s market and to improve on operational research in the endeavor to meet Kenyan developmental goals as well as solve malnutrition problems in Kenya and Africa as a region. Nutrition activities are being incorporated in development programmes and planners are using nutrition outcomes such as improved nutritional status to evaluate the impact of these programmes.  With co-operation between local communities, NGO’s and government, the lives of our people can be improved, healthy growth and development and greater productivity can be achieved through good nutrition.

Lack of access to good education and correct information can hamper this.  Without information accessible from research and education programmes, the awareness, skills and behaviors needed to combat malnutrition cannot be attained. All human beings have the right to good nutrition

Mount Kenya University recognizes the need for producing highly skilled nutritionists who will provide Kenyans with the much needed quality health care services.

Why study the programme

  1. Equip students with knowledge and skills to perform accurate nutrition assessment , diagnose and make recommendations
  2. Equip students with knowledge and principles required in management of nutritional disorders
  3. Understand food preferences for individuals and communities to promote healthy eating habits and manage diet related conditions
  4. Participate in dissemination of nutrition information through nutrition education and nutrition counseling to individuals and community.
  5. To develop skills in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nutrition projects and programmes.
  6. Provide knowledge and skills to conduct dietary management of various disease conditions at individual, community and in emergency situations.
  7. Promote innovation and entrepreneurship activities in the area of food nutrition and dietetics
  8. Train manpower that is able to participate in the generation of national and international nutrition and dietetics policies.
  9. Recognize the importance of collaboration with various stakeholders in management of nutrition related problems in the community.
  10. Participate in the community and operation research and keep abreast with emerging issues.

Programme Objectives

  1. Apply the knowledge skills and attitudes to undertake quality nutrition and dietetic practice in a range of setting including disasters and emergencies.
  2. Apply independent learning and reflective practice skills to allow capacity for self-evaluation and management that is strategic and focuses on quality nutrition and dietetics practice.
  3. Demonstrate skills to practice in an ethical and professional manner in a changing work environment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply inter-disciplinary approaches to the prevention promotion of wellbeing and management of nutrition and dietetic problems.
  5. Demonstrate commitment to the nutrition and dietetics discipline including individual and collective professional development.  
  6. Provide leadership in solving problems related to nutrition and dietetics.

Entry Requirements
The entry requirements set out below must be regarded as minimum requirements which in no way directly entitle an applicant to a place in the university. The following requirements must be fulfilled: -

  1. KCSE or equivalent certificate with a minimum of C+ and grade C (plain) in English or Kiswahili and any one science subject (Biology or Biological sciences, Chemistry or Physical sciences, Mathematics or physics) or similar grades in an equivalent examination approved by the University Senate in liaison with CHE.     
  2. KACE or equivalent Certificate with a minimum of the principal passes Credit in English Language and any science subject.     

Be a holder of a Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Science from an institution or examination body recognized by the University Senate and Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute.

Exemptions and credit transfers

  1. Apply the knowledge skills and attitudes to undertake quality nutrition and dietetic practice in a range of setting including disasters and emergencies.
  2. Apply independent learning and reflective practice skills to allow capacity for self-evaluation and management that is strategic and focuses on quality nutrition and dietetics practice.
  3. Demonstrate skills to practice in an ethical and professional manner in a changing work environment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply inter-disciplinary approaches to the prevention promotion of wellbeing and management of nutrition and dietetic problems.
  5. Demonstrate commitment to the nutrition and dietetics discipline including individual and collective professional development.  
  6. Provide leadership in solving problems related to nutrition and dietetics.

Fees

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Application form

Applications can be downloded here , you can also submit your application online here