Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition and Dietetics

Overview

The goal of the programme is to train professionals with well-developed competences in community nutrition and interventions, dietetics practice, food service, public health-related food and nutrition policy formulations.

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of the BSc. Food Nutrition and Dietetics programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Applytheconcepts and principles required topromote optimal food nutrition and dietetics practices for public health and disease management;
  2. Implementfood nutrition and dietetics-related programmes and research in multiple settings;
  3. Demonstrate leadership and entrepreneurial skills in food nutrition and dietetics
  4. Prepare food and nutrition policies that positively impact food and nutrition sectors.
  5. Apply acquired skills in food nutrition assessment and diagnosis, and institute appropriate interventions in field of practice.
  1. The programme shall take FOUR (4) academic years of eight (8) semesters.
  2. An academic year shall constitute 2 semesters.
  3. A course unit shall be defined as 45 instructional hours comprising of lectures, tutorials, assignments and practical.
  4. The student shall carry out supervised research culminating in a Research Project Report in the 4th year.

SCHEDULE OF INTAKE

Students are admitted once every year usually in September with exception of variation that may be caused by unforeseen circumstances. Applications are, however, received all year round and are processed for yearly admission.

  1. Holders of KCSE with a mean grade C+ and a minimum of C in Biology or Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Physical Sciences, Mathematics or Physics and English or Kiswahili.
  2. Holders of Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Sciences or equivalent, with KCSE mean grade C or above.
  3. Holders of Certificate in Nutrition and Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Sciences or equivalentfrom a recognized institution with KCSE mean grade of C- or above.
  4. Holders of ‘O’ level Division I or II or equivalent with the subjects indicated in a) above;plusa Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Sciences from an institution recognized by the Senate.
  5. Holders of ‘A’ level with two Principal Passes or equivalent in Biology and any one of the following subjects: Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics.
  6. Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences or related sciences from an institution recognized by the Senate.
  7. Applicants who do not demonstrate proficiency in English will be required to undertake English language course.

Careers Prospects/ Opportunities 

  • Academic institutions
  • Research institutions
  • Consultancy firms-self or established
  • Hospitals
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Food industries
  • World Health Organization
  • Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Government parastatals
  • Personal therapeutic food firm

 

Attachment Opportunities

Students can be attached but not limited to the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Food industries
  • World Health Organization
  • Government parastatals

Notable Alumni 

Prof. Ruth Oniang'o

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FOOD NUTRITION DIETETICS - A90      
       
YEAR 1 -17UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        8,000.00                       9,000.00                         17,000.00
CAUTION - (ONCE)                        5,000.00                                    -                             5,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
Total-Bsc-Food Science and Dietetics-Year1                    198,750.00                  173,250.00                       372,000.00
       
       
YEAR 2 - 17UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        8,000.00                       9,000.00                         17,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
Total-Bsc-Food Science and Dietetics-Year2                    193,750.00                  173,250.00                       367,000.00
       
       
YEAR 3 - 17UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        8,000.00                       9,000.00                         17,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
Total-Bsc-Food Science and Dietetics-Year3                    193,750.00                  173,250.00                       367,000.00
       
       
YEAR 4 - 13UNITS  Semester 1    Semester 2   Yearly total 
TUITION                    162,000.00                  162,000.00                       324,000.00
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                        7,000.00                                    -                             7,000.00
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                        6,000.00                       7,000.00                         13,000.00
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                        2,250.00                       2,250.00                           4,500.00
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                        4,000.00                                    -                             4,000.00
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                        1,000.00                                    -                             1,000.00
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                        6,500.00                                    -                             6,500.00
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                        2,000.00                                    -                             2,000.00
Total-Bsc-Food Science and Dietetics-Year4                    191,750.00                  171,250.00                       363,000.00
       
Grand totals          1,469,000.00
Philosophy, Rationale

Philosophy 

The University of Nairobi has been offering the Bachelor of Science in Food,Nutrition and Dietetics since 2006. The programme has maintained its competitiveness as demonstrated by increased demand, evidenced by the risingnumber of students’ enrolment against a decreasing demand for some courses. The Programme lays a good foundation for the world of work, research, and advanced learning across diverse fields. It imparts practical knowledge and skills in food, nutrition and dietetics. It aims to produce highly trained professionals withability to effectively innovate, generate and promote technologies and strategies by offering services that reduce and mitigate against malnutrition, food and nutrition insecurity,thereby creating positive impact on human nutrition, health and labour productivity as envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Kenya’s Vision 2030.

The training of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics professionals is informed by the sustained evidence in support of the important and multidimensional role that nutrition and dietetics play in human growth and development; productivity, and wellbeing. Globally, the field hasgained greater eminence with the surge in lifestyle-related (non-communicable) diseases as well as increased demand and rationale for preventive approaches in public health. Training professionals in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics makes a vital human resource development contribution in clinical and public health sectors, as well as in multiple economic and development sectors.

Rationale 

The current four-year BSc. Food, Nutrition and Dietetics course wasreviewed in 2020as per University’s and Commission for University Education (CUE) timeframe. The food and nutrition sectorsare dynamic, with several changes taking place over the last 5 years, most notably the government’s attempt to harmonise and regulate the Food, Nutrition and Dietetics undergraduate courses being offered at university level in Kenya, through the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute (KNDI). The units/courses offered take into account emerging trends in the food, nutrition and dietetics landscape, by addressing not only malnutrition but also the double and now triple burden of malnutrition. The increasing prevalence rates of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer alongside infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS have led to a higher demand for appropriately trained nutritionists and dieticians to lead in ensuring the implementation and success of nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions. To expand the scope and respond to market demands in accordance with ISO and CUE Guidelines on Curriculum Review, key stakeholders are part and parcel of programme review process. The stakeholders included lecturers; current and former students; employers; relevant professional regulator(s) (such as KNDI); and other experts in the field.

The current curriculum lays emphasis on compulsory practicum/attachment at community, as well as in food and health-related institutionsin the first, second, and third academic years to gain hands on competencies. The BSc Food Nutrition and Dietetics curriculum has been developed with various stakeholders in government and non-government institutions to cover all critical aspects using a fairly multidisciplinary approach. The degree programme prepares students with knowledge and skills to work as nutritionists in the relevant sectors such as health, community programmes,food service, food processing and agriculture among others.

Application Information

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Mode of Delivery

Face-to-Face Mode

The programme will adopt a face-to-face Mode of Delivery based on various techniques that include didactic lectures, seminars, assignments, case-based learning and tutorials.

Open and Distance E-Learning (ODEL)

The course structure and requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition and Dietetics programme offered under Open, Distance and e-Learning remain the same as under full-time/part-time models, but the Mode of Delivery will involve:

  1. Mediated technical learning materials including Audio-Visual, e-learning materials.
  2. Use of various media largely home- or office –based.

Blended Learning

The course will be delivered through a mix of face-to- face, e-learning and ODEL where applicable. Both synchronous and asynchronous methods of deliveries will be explored

Contacts of support persons

 

Chairman Dr. G.O Abong, - ooko.george@uonbi.ac.ke

Evelyne Ishuga – ishuga@uonbi.ac.ke

Joan Waluvengo – joant@uonbi.ac.ke