Doctor of Diet and Nutritional Sciences

Objective

Nutrition is the study of the role of food nutrients in the body. Dietetics is concerned with the prevention and treatment of a variety of food-related diseases. Pakistani population is currently suffering from a variety of nutritional deficiency disorders in various sectors of the country. Multiple factors initiate the propagation of these diseases generally, such as poor maternal and child health, low levels of micronutrients in the soil causing bioavailability issues, high burden of morbidity, mental and physical disabilities of various types. Chronic and acute malnutrition in the country is primarily accredited to high illiteracy among the mothers, poverty and lack of cutting edge research to devise local solutions to curb this situation. Overcoming malnutrition not only improves productivity, but also reduces disease burden and national growth, as well as wellbeing of an individual. The current situation demands serious collaborative efforts to strengthen the nutritional education and to devise proactive interventions for vulnerable population groups. The role of nutritionists and dieticians is to interpret scientific knowledge about food in relation to health and disease, so as to help the people to change their eating habits to improve their health status.
 

Role and Scope

• Nutritionists

• Nutrition Educationists

• Nutrition Consultants

• Dieticians

• Public Health Nutritionists

• Clinical Dieticians

• Food Service Administrators

• Nutrition and Health Expert

• Weight Management Expertise

• Therapeutic Diet Planning

semesters and courses

  • Duration

    10 Semesters, 5 years

  • Eligibility

    FSc Pre-Medical with minimum second division or equivalent

  • credit hours
    required

    168

 

Semester 1

course(s) credit hours
Fundamentals of Human Nutrition 3(3-0)
Contemporary Nutrition-I 2(2-0)
Macronutrients in Human Nutrition 3(3-0)
Biochemistry-I 3(2-1)
Functional English 3(3-0)
Elementary Mathematics 2(2-0)
Islamic Studies /Ethics 2(2-0)
Credit Hours 18
 
 

Semester 2

course(s) credit hours
Micronutrients in Human Nutrition 3(3-0)
Contemporary Nutrition-II 2(2-0)
Biochemistry- II 3(2-1)
Pakistan Studies 2(2-0)
English-II 3(3-0)
General Anatomy and Histology 3(2-1)
Human Physiology-I 3(2-1)
Credit Hours 19
 
 

Semester 3

course(s) credit hours
Metabolism of Nutrients 3(3-0)
Human Physiology-II 3(2-1)
Technical Writing Skills and Presentations 3(3-0)
Introduction to Computer Science and Technology 3(2-1)
Food Microbiology 3(2-1)
Biostatistics 3(3-0)
Credit Hours 18
 
 

Semester 4

course(s) credit hours
Assessment of Nutritional Status 3(2-1)
Nutrition Through the Life Cycle-I 3(3-0)
Computer Applications 3(2-1)
Human Psychology and Nutrition 2(2-0)
Food Safety and Quality Management 3(3-0)
General and Systemic Pathology 3(3-0)
Credit Hours 17

 

Semester 5

course(s) credit hours
Nutritional Education and Public Health 3(2-1)
Meal Planning and Management 3(2-1)
Nutrition Through the Life Cycle-II 3(3-0)
Food Toxins and Allergens 3(3-0)
Food and Drug Laws 2(2-0)
Food Analysis 3(1-2)
Credit Hours 17

 

Semester 6

course(s) credit hours
Infant and Young Child Feeding 3(2-1)
Nutrition Through Social Protection 2(2-0)
Dietetics-I 3(2-1)
Sports Nutrition 3(2-1)
Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals 3(3-0)
Medical Biochemistry 3(2-1)
Credit Hours 17

 

Semester 7

course(s) credit hours
Nutritional Deficiency Disorders 3(3-0)
Food Service Management 3(3-0)
Dietetics-II 3(2-1)
Nutritional Practices in Clinical Care 3(2-1)
Food Chemistry 2(2-0)
Global Food Issues 3(3-0)
Credit Hours 17

 

Semester 8

course(s) credit hours
Nutrition in Emergencies 3(3-0)
Food Supplements 2(2-0)
Clinical Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3(2-1)
Drug-Nutrient Interactions 2(2-0)
Preventive Nutrition 3(3-0)
Nutritional Immunology 3(3-0)
Dietetics-III 3(2-1)
Credit Hours 19

 

Semester 9

course(s) credit hours
Research Methods in Human Nutrition 3(3-0)
Dietary Models and Counselling 3(0-3)
Recent Advances in Human Nutrition 3(3-0)
Seminar (Research Synopsis) 2(0-2)
Supervised Clinical Practice 3(0-3)
Credit Hours 14

 

Semester 10

course(s) credit hours
Internship and Report 6(0-6)
Research Project and Report 6(0-6)
Credit Hours 12
Total Credit Hours 168