Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Type : Undergraduate
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  • Campuses: Al Ain & Abu Dhabi



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.


Learning Outcomes

This Program Learning Outcomes is based on the Emirates Qualification Framework (QF Emirates):


Program Intended Learning Outcomes for the BSND Program

NO.Program Learning OutcomesAligned 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


Job Opportunities

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.


Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the BSND Program at AAU.  Minimum requirements include:

  • Possess a secondary school certificate or its equivalent with a grade average of no less than 60%.
  • Hold a valid English Language Proficiency score of at least (500) in TOEFL ITP, or Band (5) in Academic IELTS.

Graduation Requirements

  • A student obtains his/her degree after fulfilling the following requirements:
  • The student has passed all the required and relevant courses according to the approved Study Plan;
  • The student has achieved a CGPA of no less than 2.0;
  • The student has not exceeded the maximum number of years for graduation;
  • The student has spent the minimum study duration and time in learning for the degree;
  • The student must be registered at AAU during his/her graduation semester;

Study Plan

Course No Course Title CR.H. Prerequisite
First: General University Education (33) CR.H
(1) Compulsory Course (27) CR.H.
0102120 Computer Skills 3  
0200100 Biology 3  
0401120 English (1) 3  
0401121 English (2) 3 0401120
0405100 Arabic Language 3  
0406110 Islamic culture 3  
0408100 Introduction to Psychology 3  
0501170 Fundamentals to Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3  
0508203 Scientific Research Methodology 3  
(2) Elective Courses (6) CR.H
The student is required to choose Only One course from each of the following groups:
a) Society and civilization
0407224 Ethical Awareness 3  
0407252 Arab Society 3  
0407298 Arabs and Muslims' Contributions to Arts and Science 3  
0407392 Environmental Awareness 3  
0408101A Physical Education & Health 3  
(b) Managerial Skills (3) CR.H.
0407111 Thinking Skills 3  
0407251 Self-Assessment 3  
0501100 Introduction to Time Management 3  
0501150 Leadership and Teamwork 3  
Second: Basic Sciences and Biomedical courses (22) CR.H.
0201100 Chemistry 3  
0201210 Organic Chemistry 3 0201100
0201120 Analytical Chemistry 3 0201100
0200110 Human Physiology 3 0200100
0201240 Biochemistry 3 0201210
0200240 Food Microbiology 3 0200100
0203228 Pharmacology for Dietitians 2 0200110
02033210 Biostatistics & Research Methods 2  
Third: Nutrition and Dietetics courses (63) CR.H.
0203131 Fundamentals of Nutrition 3 0200100
0203232 Nutrition in Life Span 3 0203131
0203233 Nutrition & Metabolism 3 0201240
0203234 Basics of Food Science 3 0203131
0203235 Food Production & Preparation 3 0203131
0203336 Food Chemistry 3 0201210 & 0201240
0203337 Dietitian Job Shadowing 3 0203339
0203338 Nutritional Assessment 3 0203233
0203339 Communication in Nutrition 2  
02033310 Food Service Systems Management 3 0203336
02033311 Medical Nutrition Therapy I 4 0203330 & 0203338
02033312 Community Nutrition 3 0203339
02033313 Menu planning 3 0203131
02033314 Food Quality & Safety 3 0203235 & 0200240
02034315 Medical Nutrition Therapy II 4 02033311
02034316 Sports and Fitness Nutrition 3 0203233
02034317 Ethics for Healthcare Professionals 2  
02034318 Alternative Food & Herbal Therapy 2 02033311
02034319 Topics in Dietetics Practice 3 02033313 & 02033312
02034320 Capstone Course 3 02033210
02034321 Health Promotion for Dietitians 2 02034317
0203330 Nutrition in Inborn Errors Metabolism 2 0203233
Fourth: Experiential Education (13) CR.H.
0203241 Community Practicum 3 0203235 02034317
0203342 Dietetic Practicum I in Clinical Setting 3 02033315 02034317
0203443 Dietetic Practicum II in Clinical Setting 3 0203342 02034317
0203444 Dietetic Practicum III in Clinical Setting 4 0203443 02034317

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