From the service department to the R L Jalappa hospital & research centre, the department of clinical nutrition and dietetics metamorphosed into an academic department in 2017 by offering Integrated B.Sc. M.Sc. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics programme which is a combination of 2 programmes (Undergraduate and Post graduate program) and Department also offers PhD degree programme in clinical nutrition from the academic year 2019-20.
Integrated B.Sc. – M.Sc. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics programme is designed to cover multidisciplinary perspectives. The aim of the course is to provide scientific training that encompasses all aspects of the nutritional and food sciences and, at the same time, to develop the skills and attitudes required for working in the broad field of applied nutrition. It likewise aims to give future applied nutrition professionals (dieticians) a broad understanding of the basic sciences, clinical nutrition, dietetics, public health, nutritional education, organisation, management, languages and other complementary subjects. The major activities of the Department are research, teaching and clinical services.
We are equipped with two laboratory facilities for teaching and research in the area of nutrition i.e is food chemistry lab and food processing lab, and all class rooms are enabled with ICT facilities. We offer free of cost clinical services in planning of therapeutic diet for various diseases and nutrition counselling and department also nutritional aspect and practical applications of enteral feeds. .Different modes of nutritional support, selecting the appropriate feeding route, types of enteral formulas and formula selection, guidelines for different feeding techniques and metabolic complications were the areas covered by the department.
The Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics has been established with a motto of empowering students to be the eminent nutritionists in the healthcare sector. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is an emerging field that is expected to see a marked bloom over the next decade. The specialists in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics play a vital role in promoting the quality of life of individuals and communities which contributes significantly to the economic and overall development of the nation.
The current scenario at the regional and national level requires trained professionals in areas such as Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Nutrition, Institutional Food administration, Quality Control Analyst, Research. Thus, an Integrated B.Sc. M.Sc. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is a combination of 2 courses (Undergraduate and Post graduate program). An Integrated degree would give a candidate a PG degree in 5 years saving one year. It is a comprehensive entity. Integrated B.Sc. M.Sc. Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is designed to cover multidisciplinary perspectives, encouraging depth and breadth in understanding complex issues at each level, without any repetition of the course contents. It enhances student’s engagement through experiential and active learning, which supports an integrated course capacity to address the challenges posed by increasingly complex world of today. This is achieved through a blend of academics, research training and extension as well as therapeutic applications.
Clinical Nutrition is concerned with therapeutic uses for nutrition, usually in medical settings as part of a complete health care program. Clinical Nutrition course involves creating effective nutrition plans that work towards effective health outcomes such as disease prevention and treatment, strengthening of immune system and nourishment of those at risk for malnutrition.
The PG program in this discipline has been designed to provide the students intensive and extensive theoretical and experiential training. The program allows flexibility in the choice of thrust areas, which students can select, based on their career goals. This course provides various Specialized Areas in Clinical Nutrition such as Clinical Nutritionists, Management Nutritionists, Consultant Nutritionists, Specialized Nutritionists in the fields such as Renal Nutritionists, Cardio-Nutritionists, Endocrine Nutritionists, Critical Care Nutritionists, etc. Clinical Dietitians are specialists in food nutrition services in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices. They assess patient nutrition, develop dietary plans, provide patient counselling, and monitor patient’s progress. Management Dietitians specialize in food service systems or clinical management. They work in hospitals, nursing homes, school food service, cafeterias, and restaurants. They manage personnel, plan and conduct employee training programmes, design food systems, and plan budgets. Consultant Dietitians are independent business people who work as nursing home consultants, book authors, and patient counsellors in medical centres and fitness programmes. They also develop and evaluate food service systems and serve as independent advisors to industry.
Creating Knowledge and skills in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and enable practical application of Nutrition knowledge for the enhancement of Nutritional status and Quality of life of the people.
To impart and improve nutritional knowledge and enhance skill based training.
To develop a band of young scientists, nutrition health care professionals, research fellows, well trained personnel in the field of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics.
1st Floor, Department Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics,
Above Saviruchi Canteen,
Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research,
Tamaka, Kolar – 563101, India.