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 come in. Dieticians 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. Dietitians aim to improve people’s health and help them make better dietary choices usually on a personalized level.
The four (4) year BSc. degree in Dietetics at Klintaps College 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 dietitian in Ghana.
Aims of the Programme
- Train dieticians who will be able to perform human nutrition assessments and evaluations using the best approach.
- Train dietetics professionals who can practice the science of nutrition and dietetics with a diverse range of other health professionals in a culturally acceptable manner.
- Produce dietetics professionals who can manage chronic and acute health conditions purely through the use of dietetic tools.
- Train professionals who can practice competently and also perform independent consultancy in dietetics at the individual and community levels.
- Train dieticians who will promote appropriate diet and lifestyle practices for the prevention of diet-related acute and chronic health problems.
- Train dieticians who will demonstrate familiarity with government policies for the provision of health care as they influence the dietetic service and practice.
Where can Dietetians students work after graduation?
Graduates of the KCOHAS Dietetics 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 dietitians 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 100 registered dietitians. Therefore, a huge unmet need for dietitians exists in all regions of Ghana. Bridging this gap is essential to increase access to dietetic care throughout Ghana. This is where you come in!