Our undergraduate Nutrition and dietetics program is a four-year program spread over eight semesters and leading to a degree in BSc. (Nutrition and dietetics). The program will provide the students with a strong background to make them understand the major role of healthy nutrition in the prevention, development, and treatment of most major diseases. It will produce competent dietitians and nutritionists who understand the relationships between nutrition, health, and disease. The program will provide a proper environment to sharpen students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, to enhance students’ communication and leadership skills.
Our program aspires to be a recognized program for quality education, research and community intervention in clinical nutrition and dietetics at the national and international levels.
The proposed program’s mission is to prepare competent, culturally sensitive graduates who are going to succeed in the nutrition and dietetics profession, employ evidence based practice in promoting health and quality of life of the community; and foster an appreciation of interdisciplinary collaboration, professional leadership and commitment.
This Program Learning Outcomes is based on the Emirates Qualification Framework (QF Emirates):
Program Intended Learning Outcomes for the BSND Program
|NO.||Program Learning Outcomes||Aligned withL7 QFEDescriptors|
|1||Describe in depth the underlying principles and theoretical concepts related to Nutrition and Dietetics program including; physical and biological sciences, principles of food sciences and systems, techniques of quality and safe food preparation, and finally principles of human nutritional care||QFE 1,2|
|2||Integrate theoretical knowledge learned in the program into practice and utilizes principles of scientific enquiry and research methodology to identify and solve nutrition-related problems||QFE 3,4,5|
|3||Conduct a nutritional care process including; nutritional assessment, analyzing and interpreting assessment data, identify nutrition-related problems and implement nutritional interventions based on evidence-based practice||QFE7SK1,2,3,4|
|4||Assesses, develops, monitors and evaluates health nutrition programs for individuals or target population and apply nutritional quality and management principles to different food service systems||QFE7SK1,2,3,4|
|5||Practice independently or in a team to manage effectively nutritional care activities in different settings and demonstrate leadership and innovation in delivering and managing professional services in community||QFE7AR1,2,3,4|
|6||Practice nutritional care activities in various contexts in highly professional manners and collaborate with healthcare providers and community and industrial stakeholders to improve individuals' health outcomes and to promote health and wellbeing of society||QFE /RC1,2,3,4|
|7||Observe legal and ethical standards when applying professional guidelines to food and nutritional services, and take responsibility for continuous self-development and learning||QFE/ SD 12,3,4|
The CoP is expecting to have a great demand for dietitians and nutritionists the UAE because the focus on diet as a health hazard and as a helping tool in treating diseases has not been given a great attention in the past, but recently the awareness of the relationship between diet and diseases has greatly improved. Consequently, dietitians and nutritionists are becoming one of the pillars of any health care team in different public and private health institutions as well as other institutions related to food such as hospitals, health centers, retail pharmacies, natural supplements shops, food industries and food research.
The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the BSND Program at AAU. Minimum requirements include: