BSc. Community Nutrition
Eating right is one of the best preventive medicines there is but people do not always know what’s good for them. That’s where dietitians and nutritionists come in. Community Nutritionists are healthcare professionals who integrate and apply the principles derived from the disciplines of food, nutrition, management, communication, biological, physiological, behavioral, and social sciences to achieve and maintain human health. It is a sub-discipline of medicine that focuses on everything related to food and its effect on our health and overall wellbeing. Nutritionists aim to improve population health by helping make better dietary choices.
The four (4) year BSc. degree in Community Nutrition at Klintaps combines theory and practical training for students interested in health maintenance and rehabilitation through the science of nutrition. The programme is accredited both by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) and the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC). Completion of the program is the first step on the pathway to becoming a registered community nutritionist in Ghana.
Aims of the Programme
- Train professionals who will be able to perform human nutrition assessments and evaluations using the best approach.
- Train professionals who can practice the science of nutrition and dietetics with a diverse range of other health professionals in a culturally acceptable manner.
- Produce professionals who can manage chronic and acute health conditions purely through the use of nutritional tools.
- Train professionals who can practice competently and also perform independent consultancy, especially at community levels.
- Train nutritionists who will promote appropriate diet and lifestyle practices for the prevention of diet-related acute and chronic health problems.
- Train health professionals who will demonstrate familiarity with government policies for the provision of health care in the areas of community nutrition.
Where can community nutritionist students work after graduation?
Graduates of the BSc. Community Nutrition programme will be able to work in the following places:
- Nursing care facilities
- Public health clinics
- Home health agencies
- Corporate cafeterias
- Food Manufacturers
- Private practice
Employment of community nutritionists is expected to grow over the next few years as the growing and aging population will increase the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in nursing homes, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies. In Ghana, for a population of about thirty-one (31) million, there are only a few registered nutritionists Therefore, a huge unmet need for nutritionists exists in all regions of Ghana. Bridging this gap is essential to increase access to food and nutritional care throughout Ghana.