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.
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
Community Development, Project Concepts in Food Microbiology,
Department Elective 2,
Generic Elective 2,
Introduction to Clinical Nutrition
Department Elective 3, Elective 4,
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
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:
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.
Nutrition for the Community
Theory: 6 credits
Practical: 2 credits
Public Health and Hygiene
Theory: 6 credits
Practical: 2 credits
Nutrition and Health Education
Theory: 6 credits
Practical: 2 credits
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
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.