Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition

Overview

Advanced training and research in nutrition is necessary in order to address upcoming challenges and emerging issues in nutrition and health. There is an increasing demand on training in applied nutrition over the years. The M.Sc. programme is designed to help the trainees understand malnutrition and its consequences and methods of alleviating nutritional problems. The programme will, therefore, build capacity for the improvement of nutritional policy making in Kenya and other developing countries in African and other regions. The programme will offer practical training using appropriate data collected in Kenya and other African countries.

The objectives of the course are to:

Provide students with abilities to assess community nutritional problems from a multi-disciplinary point of view, while applying information technology in suggesting/working out realistic and feasible intervention measures.

Provide students with abilities to implement investigations in the field of applied nutrition and analyze, interpret and disseminate findings to the relevant stakeholders.

Provide students with abilities to effectively use relevant nutrition tools and information to advocate for nutrition actions and influence policies.

  • The degree programme shall comprise of ten core courses and two chosen from the four offered electives and a project.

  • Each course unit is taught for 60 hours except for Applied Statistics and Computer Use, which will be two units and the project, which will be equivalent to four course units.

  • The course shall cover a minimum of four semesters, and a maximum of 12 semesters of fifteen weeks each.

  • Students shall take a minimum of two courses from semesters 1 and 2, and one course from semester 3.

  • The project shall be chosen after completion of the taught courses and shall be chosen in consultation with the Department.

The common regulations for the Masters degrees in all faculties shall apply.

The following shall be eligible for admission:

  • Holders of at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent qualification in BSc. Food Science, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences or Medical Sciences from University of Nairobi, or equivalent qualification from any other Institution recognized by the Senate.

  • Holders of at least a Lower Second Class honours degree in the same disciplines as in 2.2 (i) from the University of Nairobi or from another Institution recognized by the Senate, but must show proof of academic advancement either through research and publication or postgraduate training.

  • Pass degree with at least five years of experience and must show proof of academic advancement   either through research and publication or postgraduate training.

Human nutritional problems expert and implement investigations in the field of applied nutrition and analyze, interpret and disseminate findings to the relevant stakeholders.

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