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Diploma in Dietetics & Nutrition Distance Education

This blog aims to explore the opportunities to pursue Nutritionist and Dietitian courses from Distance Learning mode/ Online learning modes and the conventional mode.

Diploma in Dietetics & Nutrition Distance Education
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    This blog aims to explore the opportunities to pursue Nutritionist and Dietitian courses from Distance Learning mode/ Online learning modes and the conventional mode. 

    It is an adage that health is wealth. Sound health depends on the intake of a balanced diet comprising proteins, fats and carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. 

    The Nutritionist and Dietitian course equips the learners with the knowledge and skills about the 

    human physiology and culinary/food science. 

    Nutritionist and Dietitian courses in India are very popular as the proud diploma and degree holders hold the important positions of Dietitian in Hospitals, public health clinics and sports stadia. 

    The Nutritionist and Dietitian courses enable the learners to play a very crucial role in the speedy recovery of the patients post-surgery/procedure.

    Nutritionist and Dietitian courses are aligned to the Indian System of Medicine which attaches importance to taking a particular kind of food for ensuring quick recovery from ailments.  

    Nutritionist and Dietitian courses are, therefore, relevant in allopathic treatment, ayurvedic treatment, homoeopathic treatment, yoga and naturopathy, Siddha and Sowa Rigpa(Amchi).

    In fact the Indian System of medicine places much reliance on both the quantity and quality of intake of food.

    Well-trained and qualified Nutritionists and Dietitians following Nutritionist and Dietitian courses have bright prospects for Nutritionists and Dietitians in India in public health clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. 

    Nutritionist and Dietitian courses provide learners with a sound knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of human beings and food science.

    For pursuing the Nutritionist and Dietitian courses, the basic knowledge and understanding of the subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the Senior Secondary Level i.e. 10+2, is the primary Eligibility for a diploma in Dietetics.

    The duration of a Diploma course in Nutrition and Health Education varies from University to University.

    Option of doing B.Sc. (Nutrition and Dietetics): 

    Lovely Professional University:

    Lovely Professional University(LPU) offers a B.Sc. (Nutrition and Dietetics), a 3-year (6 Semesters)Nutritionist and Dietitian course/degree program. 

    The Nutritionist and Dietitian courses equip students with the knowledge and understanding of designing and developing diet plans, human physiology, the importance of a balanced diet and good health, and exposure to nutritional surveys for carrying out analytical nutritional assessment. 

    Nutritionists impress upon individuals to take a balanced diet and lead a quality life, full of health, vigour and vitality.

    Eligibility Criteria for Undergraduate Nutritionist and Dietitian Course.

    A candidate should have passed 10+2 (with English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Biotechnology) or equivalent, Pass with 60% aggregate marks subject to qualifying LPUNEST.

    For candidates, who have not studied English as a subject, the requirement for English can be waived by the LPU, provided the candidate has studied in English medium in the 10+2 examination. (5% relaxation to North-East states and Sikkim candidates or Defence Personnel and their Dependents or Wards of Kashmiri Migrants)

    The candidates can appear in the entrance qualifying examination (LPUNEST exam) conducted by the Lovely Professional University  Online in a web-proctored environment from the comfort of their homes. 

    Admission Criteria for the Nutritionist and Dietitian course :

    Admission to the B.Sc (Nutrition and Dietetics), a 3-year (6 Semesters) degree program is based on merit in the LPUNEST examination conducted by the Lovely Professional University, subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

    Course fee for Nutrition and Dietitian programme: Rs. 80000/  (per semester)

    Scholarships offered by LPU for Course fees for Nutrition and Dietitian programme- B.Sc. (Nutrition and Dietetics)


    Scholarship (per Semester) [In Rs.]

    Fee payable after Scholarship (Per Semester) [In Rs.]

    LPUNEST score> or =

    to a cut-off of Category I 


    95% or above aggregate marks in 12th Grade


    (i.e. 40% of Programme Fee)


    LPUNEST score >

    or = to Category II cut-off


    90% - 94.99% aggregate marks in 12th Grade.


    (i.e. 35% of Programme Fee)


    LPUNEST score >

    or = to Category III cut-off


    80% - 89.99% aggregate marks in 12th grade.


    (i.e. 30% of Programme Fee)


    Examination Course fee for Nutrition and Dietitian programme,4500 (per semester)

    The Nutritionist and Dietitian course curriculum : 

    This programme has both the theory and the practical components.


    Autumn Term

    Spring Term


    Communication Skills-I, Elementary Human Physiology

    Fundamental of Food Science, Nutritional Biochemistry,

    Principles of Human Nutrition

    Community Nutrition, Department Elective 1,

    Food Service Management,

    Generic Elective 1,

    Language Elective 1, Normal Nutrition and Meal Planning

    Program Orientation


    Community Development, Project Concepts in Food Microbiology,

    Department Elective 2,

    Environmental Studies,

    Generic Elective 2, 

    Introduction to Clinical Nutrition

    Department Elective 3, Elective 4,

    Food Preservation

    & Storage,

    Generic Elective 3

    Intellectual Property Rights, Pathway Elective 1, Therapeutic Nutrition


    Capstone Project 1

    Department, Elective 5, Food Analysis, Food Standards & Quality Control,

    Generic Elective 4, Pathway Elective 2

    Capstone Project -II

    Industrial Internship

    Pathway Elective 3 

    Pathway Elective 4

    Placements: The candidates after earning the B.Sc (Nutrition and Dietetics), a 3-year (6 Semesters)degree, on average earn a package of more than Rs. 7 lakhs per annum. The dedicated placement cell of the LPU helps candidates secure good job placements.

    Distance Education Learning Mode & Online Learning Mode:  

    IGNOU : 

    Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers through its School of Continuing Education (SOCE), a Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE) of a minimum duration of one year. 

    Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi has been established by Subsection (2) of Section (1) of the IGNOU Act, 1985 (50 of 1985).

    IGNOU is entitled to award its own degrees/diplomas.

    The duration of a Diploma course in Nutrition and Health Education:

    The duration of a Diploma course in Nutrition and Health Education is one year but you could take three years depending on your convenience. The programme is offered in English and Hindi. 

    Eligibility for diploma in Dietetics : 

    Candidates who have completed 10+2 or its equivalent or BPP from IGNOU are eligible for the programme.

    There is neither a minimum age nor a maximum age bar prescribed in the Eligibility for Diploma in Dietetics.

    The Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education equips the candidates with knowledge about nutrition and public health. It also enables them to develop skills in communicating nutrition and health-related information to the community.

    Course Code 

    Course Name


    DNHE- 01

    Nutrition for the Community


    Theory: 6 credits

    Practical: 2 credits

    DNHE- 02

    Public Health and Hygiene


    Theory: 6 credits

    Practical: 2 credits

    DNHE- 03

    Nutrition and Health Education


    Theory: 6 credits

    Practical: 2 credits

    DNHE- 04

    Project Work


    Project Work

    recorded in the form of

    a Project Report 

    One credit is equivalent to 30 hours of learning commitment. 8 credit courses should take you 240 study hours & the entire programme would take 240 x 4 = 960 hours of your study time.

    Diploma Course Fee: Rs. 3,000

    Course curriculum :

    COURSE I: DNHE-1 Nutrition for the Community (8 Credits)

    Block 1:Basic Concepts in Nutrition-I

    Unit 1 Food, Nutrition and Health

    Unit 2 Macronutrients-I: Carbohydrates and Water

    Unit 3 Macronutrients-II: Proteins and Lipids

    Block 2: Basic Concepts in Nutrition-II

    Unit 4 Macronutrients I: Vitamins

    Unit 5 Macronutrients II: Minerals

    Unit 6 Planning Balanced Diets

    Block 3: Meal Planning

    Unit 7 Principles of Meal Planning and Meal Planning for the Adult

    Unit 8 Meal Planning for Pregnant and Lactating Women

    Unit 9 Meal Planning for Infants and Preschoolers

    Unit 10 Meal Planning for the School Child and Adolescent

    Block 4: Effective Utilisation of Food Resources

    Unit 11 Food Budgeting

    Unit 12 Food Selection-I

    Unit 13 Food Selection II

    Unit 14 Food Storage

    Unit 15 Food Preservation and Other Methods of Maximization of Nutritional Benefit

    Unit 16 Food Safety

    Block 5: Nutrition-Related Disorders

    Unit 17 Major Deficiency Diseases-I: PEM and Xerophthalmia

    Unit 18 Major Deficiency Diseases-II: Anaemia and Iodine Deficiency Disorders

    Unit 19 Other Nutritional Problems

    Unit 20 Nutrition and Infection

    Unit 21 Dietary Management of Obesity, Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes Mellitus

    Unit 22 Maternal Malnutrition

    Block 6: Nutrition Programmes

    Unit 23 Nutrient Deficiency Control

    Unit 24 Supplementary Feeding Programmes

    Unit 25 Assessment of Nutritional Status

    Practical Manual Part - I (2 credits)

    Section 1 Weights and Measures

    Section 2 Finding Nutritive Value of Foodstuffs

    Section 3 Methods of Cooking

    Section 4 Regional Meal Patterns

    Section 5 Planning Diets-I

    Section 6 Planning Diets-II

    COURSE II: DNHE-2 Public Health & Hygiene (8 credits)

    Block 1: Health Indicators

    Unit 1 Population Dynamics and Epidemiology

    Unit 2 Family Planning Programme

    Unit 3 Asian Perspectives on Health and Quality of Life

    Block 2: Environmental Sanitation and Safety

    Unit 4 Agents of Contamination

    Unit 5 Water Supply and Waste Disposal

    Unit 6 Personal Hygiene

    Unit 7 Public and Home Safety

    Block 3: Dietary Management of Disease

    Unit 8 Diet in Disease: Basic Principles

    Unit 9 Dietary Management of Nutrition-related Disorders and Associated Problems

    Unit 10 Dietary Management of Disorders of Non-nutritional Origin

    Block 4: Food-borne Diseases, Food Infections and Intoxications

    Unit 11 Common Food-borne Diseases-I

    Unit 12 Common Food-borne Diseases-II

    Unit 13 Parasitic Infestations

    Unit 14 Food Infections and Intoxications

    Block 5: Common Infections and Infectious Diseases

    Unit 15 Measles, Tuberculosis and Whooping Cough

    Unit 16 Diphtheria, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis

    Unit 17 Malaria

    Unit 18 Skin, Eye and Ear Infections

    Block 6: Public Health

    Unit 19 Primary Health Care-I: Concept and Organization

    Unit 20 Primary Health Care-II: Current Status in India

    Unit 21 Primary Health Care-III: Delivery of Services

    Unit 22 Health Programmes

    Unit 23 Income Generation Programmes

    Unit 24 Environmental Protection

    Practical Manual Part II

    (2 credits)

    COURSE III: DNHE-3 Nutrition & Health Education

    Block 1: Nutrition and Health Status of the Community

    Unit 1 Learning and Working with the Community

    Unit 2 Community Nutrition and Health

    Unit 3 Factors Influencing Community Health and Nutrition

    Block 2: Themes and Messages in Nutrition and Health Education

    Unit 4 Themes in Nutrition Education

    Unit 5 Themes in Health Education

    Unit 6 Messages in Nutrition and Health Education

    Block 3: Methods of Communication in Nutrition and Health Education

    Unit 7 Group Communication Methods

    Unit 8 Mass Communication Media

    Unit 9 Presentation of Selected Communication Media

    Unit 10 Non-machine Media-Planning and Preparation

    Unit 11 Machine Operated Devices-Planning and Preparation

    Block 4: Approaches in Nutrition and Health Education

    Unit 12 Traditional Approaches

    Unit 13 Presentation of Traditional Approaches

    Unit 14 Modem Approaches

    Unit 15 Presentation of Modern Approaches

    Block 5: Community Strategies in Nutrition and Health Education

    Unit 16 Individual Strategies

    Unit 17 Community Strategies

    Unit 18 Presentation of the Operation of Selected Strategies

    Block 6: Nutrition Programmes

    Unit 19 Past and Present Nutrition Programmes

    Unit 20 Nutrition Education Programmes-Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

    Unit 21 Organizing Successful Nutrition and Health Programmes: Selected Process Models

    Practical Manual Part- III (2 Credits)

    COURSE IV: DNHE-4 Project Work- Nutrition & Health Education (8 Credits)

    Ten Counselling sessions have been prescribed for  DNHE-l, DNHE-2 & DNHE-3. For the DNHE-4 (Project Work) no separate counselling sessions have been provided. Depending on the need, individual counselling sessions will be conducted.

    Foreign Universities : 

    Universities in the USA like Johnson & Wales University offer Dietetics and Applied Nutrition- a bachelor of science degree program, a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

    This is a four-year program that leads to earning a bachelor of science degree.

    The Dietetics and Applied Nutrition degree program meets the education standards provided by ACEND.

    This program prepares students for entry into a variety of positions in the fields of clinical, community, food service and health promotion. Prospects of Nutritionists and Dietitians in India are bright but in foreign countries, it is much a lucrative programme. 

    On successful completion of the bachelor’s degree program (Total credits 122) and the receipt of a DPD verification statement, students apply to a supervised practice program to qualify to take the national credentialing exam so as to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist RD/RDN in the United States.

    Conclusion Of Diploma In Nutritionist and Dietitian

    The candidates who have passed 10+2 (with subjects of English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Biotechnology) or equivalent have the opportunity to take the position of Nutritionist and Dietitian in various institutions in India and abroad. 

    IGNOU offers a Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE) both in Distance Learning mode and Online learning mode. 

    The seasoned counsellors of the Distance Pathshala provide material guidance to students aspiring to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Open and distance Learning modes and Online learning modes.

    The students get the freedom and flexibility to learn at their own pace at an affordable cost. 

    The degrees earned through the Online and distance Learning modes from the UGC entitled Universities are equivalent to the degrees earned through the conventional mode. 

    Students must feel free to contact the expert counsellors of Distance Pathshala to secure admission to the UG/PG Online & Distance Learning programmes from the reputed and well-recognised Online Universities in India. 

    FAQs Of Diploma In Nutritionist and Dietitian

    Yes, it is worth pursuing a course in Nutrition and Dietetics from a UGC entitled University.

    Candidates after successfully completing the degree/diploma programmes assume the important roles of dietitians in Hospitals, public health clinics and sports stadia.

    Yes, IGNOU offers one one-year Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education.
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