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BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

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About the Programme

This programme will prepare students to become nutrition and dietetic practitioners with the knowledge and skills to enable them to improve health and prevent, treat, and manage disease through nutrition.
The BSc HND degree has an integrated supervised practice (dietetic internship) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics which promotes the clinical acumen of dietetics and research in nutrition.  The programme also aligns with the standards established by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).
On completion of this training persons will be eligible for registration as a Dietitian by the Barbados Paramedical Council or an equivalent council regionally.

What Will I Study?

  • The science of Human Nutrition
  • The unique nutrition needs throughout the different stages of the lifecycle
  • How society and culture influence food and health
  • How to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage diet and nutrition related health challenges
  • The science of food and how food products are developed
  • How to provide nutrition education and intervention in the community and public health setting
  • The benefits of local and indigenous Caribbean foods
  • Research skills in diet, nutrition, and health
  • The core competencies required to function as an entry level dietitian

Facilities and Resources

Enhance your learning experience through:
  • CAAM-HP designed programme that meets both Caribbean and International Standards
  • Experiential learning: You will be provided the opportunity to participate in four (4) integrated professional practice experiences in food service, community, and the clinical setting at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Polyclinics and Long Term Care Facilities. You will also have the option of completing a special concentration in your desired area of interest
  • Access to a comprehensive Medical Library
  • Instruction in a purpose-built laboratory and teaching complex and a clinical skills lab
  • Multidisciplinary approach to health and health care
  • Active student body - Medical Student Association


Our Faculty does research in clinical, non-clinical and translational research to inform medical practice and healthcare systems locally, regionally and internationally.
The Faculty of Medical Sciences also shares a formal relationship with the George Alleyne – Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC) which ensures collaboration on research and teaching to build capacity in research and healthcare provision and policy.

Career Opportunities

If you want to:
  • Become a Registered Dietitian in hospitals, community, public health settings or school feeding programmes
  • Teach and promote health
  • Develop new food products
  • Work in food and nutrition related businesses, industries, and consumer affairs
  • Direct or conduct research in food, pharmaceutical companies, universities, and hospitals
  • Continue on to a postgraduate programme

Then this degree is for you!

Additional Information

  • Are you interested in health, disease, and health care?
  • Can you motivate others and problem solve?
  • Are you passionate about nutrition, and are you compassionate, and empathetic?
  • Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills?

The programme offers a blended teaching modality with both face to face and online instruction in classroom, clinical and community settings.

The Programme meets CAAM-HP Accreditaion Standards

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Duration: Full time: 3.5 years | Part time: 6 years


Programme Details

36 courses approved by the Faculty of Medical Sciences must be taken.

You will do courses in:

  1. Life Sciences e.g. Structure and Function, Tissues, Cells, and Organ Systems    
  2. Physical Sciences e.g. Chemistry and Organic Chemistry for Nutrition
  3. Behavioral Sciences e.g. Human Development and Behaviour
  4. Nutrition and Dietetics
  5. Medical Nutrition Therapy 
  6. Food Science and Product Development
  7. Food Preparation and Food Systems Management
  8. Research Methodology
  9. Professional and Supervised Practice Experiences
  10. Electives as appropriate
See complete course list here »

The tuition fee is BDS $600.00 per credit and payments falls within the schedule established by the university.

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and bursaries are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget. View Financing information here»

Applications are accepted from November to August. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. We are accepting applications NOW!
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