Coventry University Dietetics

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Coventry University Dietetics

Coventry University Dietetics

Dietetics BSc (Hons)

OVERVIEW

This course runs in 2017/18.  

Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems. They translate the latest nutrition science into understandable, practical information about food. They provide education and support to enable people to manage their health and treat nutrition-related disease.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The demand for registered dietitians continues as lifestyles, healthy eating and nutrition become key issues within society. This course is designed to meet the needs of future practitioners and has a particular emphasis on public health and evidence based practice.

If you choose this course you can benefit from:

  • eligibility to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), upon successful completion of this course. For more information please see the HCPC website;
  • a diverse teaching team including a range of clinical and academic experts committed to providing a range of excellent learning experiences;
  • supervision whilst you are on your placements by a member of the dietetics teaching team and support from dedicated placement staff;
  • placements are normally organised within the West Midlands where students, under supervision, apply the skills that are taught in the Faculty’s clinical laboratories;
  • links with local employers and professional bodies to ensure that the course content and delivery meets current and future employer needs;
  • case-study based practical kitchen sessions in a purpose-built teaching kitchen, integrating theory with practice at all levels of the course;
  • access to the broad research interests of the teaching team, which include: the food poverty, obesogenic environments, whole-person care including spirituality, behaviour change, and ethical decision making by dietitians.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Throughout your course you will study the fundamentals of dietetics:

  • human nutrition, public health nutrition and food science;
  • sources and functions of nutrients in health and disease;
  • nutritional requirements at all stages of the life-cycle and all population groups;
  • biochemistry, human physiology and clinical medicine, being the scientific basis for your therapeutic interventions;
  • diet therapy for the treatment and prevention of disease;
  • communication skills and the underpinning behavioural science to help individuals and groups make diet and lifestyle change;
  • research methods to enable you to undertake your own research and use research;
  • joint modules with other health professions such as physiotherapy and nursing, to explore how the NHS works, and how the different health professions work together to benefit patient care.

The course also includes three clinical placements normally within the West Midlands.