Department of Human Nutrition & Dietetics

 

DEPARTMENT NAME:
Human Nutrition and Dietetics

INTRODUCTION:
The HND department is a diverse science-based department with teaching emphases in Nutritional sciences, Dietetics and Food science. This interdisciplinary approach is advantageous given the interrelationships of nutrition, food, and human health. The human nutrition and dietetics program directly applies these core disciplines to issues of individual nutrition and health as well as public health. The teaching goal of the HND department is to develop within our students the knowledge and skills required to be productive and advance in their professional field of endeavour. The research goal of the HND department is scientific discovery that benefits Kenyans and the world in general. Research areas of emphasis include clinical nutrition, public health nutrition and community nutrition and dietetics administration.

VISION:
The Vision of the University is: "To be a leading world class University raising a new generation of transformational leaders, who are well grounded in their professional and academic expertise, and committed to spiritual and ethical values".

MISSION:
The mission of the Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND) is to enhance the quality of life and well being of individuals, Kenyans and Internationals through our programs in education, research and extension. This mission reinforces that of our University, which endeavours to transform the society.

PURPOSE:
The programme is designed to produce high calibre graduates with appropriate knowledge and skills relevant for provision of quality nutrition and dietetic services. It enables the trainee to acquire competencies for planning and implementation of nutrition and dietetics programmes for improvement of quality of life and well being of individuals, communities, and the general population. Overall, the programme is designed to provide the health sector and relevant organisations with personnel specialized in nutrition and dietetics, with knowledge and a mindset to re-engineer nutrition and dietetics services in Kenya and the world in general.

 

DEPARMENT LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION:
The department is headed by Dr. Joyce Meme

OUR FACULTY:
The department is housed in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

OBJECTIVES:
The learning objectives follow guidelines described by the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute (KNDI). The HND curriculum and course content are developed to achieve learning objectives. Content and expected learning outcomes from each course are identified, along with descriptions of their specific contributions to the programs’ learning objectives and development of professional competencies required of graduates.

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES ON OFFER:
Bachelor of Science: Human Nutrition and Dietetics

MODES OF STUDY
The HND programme is currently being offered through the following modes of study
• Full time mode
• Part time mode
• Distance learning mode (DLM)


ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES IN THE PIPELINE:
• Diploma: Human Nutrition and Dietetics
• Master of Science: Human Nutrition and Dietetics

CREDIT TRANSFER:
Students who register with a Higher National Diploma or an ordinary Diploma in Nutrition/Dietetics or any other relevant specialization from a reputable institution may be considered for credit transfer of relevant credits into the programme.

PROGRAMME DURATION:
The course is structured to take nine (9) trimesters, which is equivalent to three (3) calendar years


APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION:
a) A mean grade of C+ (plus) at KCSE level and a C+ in each of the following cluster subjects:
• English/Kiswahili
• Mathematics/physics
• Chemistry/physical sciences
• Biology/Biological sciences
b) 2 Principals and a subsidiary at A-level
c) Diploma in Nutrition recognised by the University and at least 2 years working experience.
d) Division (III) with credit pass in the cluster subjects indicated above with a relevant diploma and 2 years working experience.