Delhi University admissions have already started and we see a varied range of courses in every college of DU. Today we would talk about one such offbeat course offered by DU that takes in consideration of ones overall development.
Nowadays, there are students who enjoy risk-taking — the non conformists — who shudder at the predictable course of life. A regular Engineering programme may not give them the adrenaline rush while a degree in Commerce, Nutrition, Dentistry or even Applied Psychology could make them feel on top of the world. If some are inclined towards fine arts, there are others who may succeed in business but fail to make the cut in the study of literature.
A career in this course seems to be at a boost
So today we would particularly talk about course in Food and Nutrition. The main objective of this course is to train students in the field of Food and Nutrition with specialization in Therapeutic Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Institutional Food Management & Dietetics and Food Science & Processing.
India, the global capital for diabetes and other diseases (cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, heart disease, cancers) needs both curative and preventive nutrition. So this course seems to be a really good one as for a career.
Earlier, the attention was towards finishing and grooming courses such as cooking and textile management. But nutrition education started gaining visibility in the early 1960s. At present, with new areas of practice, the nutrition domain has taken tremendous strides.
Colleges in Delhi University offering course in Food and Nutrition
At the postgraduate level, you can either do a one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN) or a two-year Master’s programme.
The MSc Food and Nutrition allows you to specialise in one of these areas:
- Therapeutic Nutrition
- Public Health Nutrition
- Food Science
M.Sc comprises general subjects such as Research Methods and Computer applications, Biochemistry, Food Microbiology and Food Safety, Food Science and Quality Control, Advanced Human Nutrition, Physiology and Principles of Food Science.
Job areas after this course
A Nutritional Sciences degree can be the foundation for career opportunities in areas such as:
- Clinical Dietetics
- Food and Nutrition Management
- Public Health Nutrition
- Education and Research
- Consultant/Private Practice
- Related Health Professionals (e.g. M.D., PA, etc.)
- Business and Industry
- International Food Organizations
- Public Policy/Government
- Organizational abilities
- working well in a team
- aptitude for science
- an interest in diet
- understanding of people from varying backgrounds
Strong communication skills are helpful, as a large part of the job is explaining and advising patents on diet and nutritional plans, as well as motivating patients to reach for specific nutritional and dietetic goals.
And as is the case with almost every medical profession, given that nutritionists/dieticians work very closely with their patients, it is important that a dietician be compassionate, patient, motivational, and sensitive to a patient’s individual needs.
The nutritionist/ dietician’s job
- Research the nutritive value of food
- Understand all food components
- Advise people on eating habits
- Plan diets that will improve health
So this course can also be a good option to go off the beat and try something new. If you feel the mentioned job opportunities suit you, you should go for it.