New Dietetics qualification at The University of Auckland

06 March 2013

Aspiring dietitians can now study at The University of Auckland, through the new Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics programme.

Dr Clare Wall, Academic Director of the programme, commented that “Our new qualification will complement the other clinical Programmes offered at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and emphasises the importance of good food and nutrition in the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders” she continues that “providing the programme in Auckland ensures that students train in a truly culturally diverse community”

The first intake of students in the new programme will begin their two-year course of study in 2013. The specialised postgraduate training will enable graduates to seek registration with the New Zealand Dietitians Board in order to practice as a Dietitian in New Zealand.

Dietetic care includes the provision of safe, enjoyable, nutritionally adequate and appropriate food and fluids to meet people’s nutritional needs. Students of the programme will learn to provide dietetic care in a variety of health settings.

The programme will be taught by dietetic experts and clinicians and informed by internationally recognised researchers. It will cover the key areas of dietetic practice including applied and clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, and food service management, as well as providing knowledge and skills in Maori health and research.

The intention is that graduates will develop core skills in patient-centred care, clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice. They will be culturally aware, good communicators, empathic listeners and skilled educators and equipped with the skills to use lifelong learning and reflective practice to ensure their continued competency.

The Programme has been established with the assistance of the University’s cross-disciplinary Food and Health Programme. Professor Grant Guilford, Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Auckland and Chair of the Food and Health Programme, states that “the programme reinforces The University’s commitment to the area of food and health” he continues that “the provision of more high quality dietitians will significantly contribute to improving health outcomes for all New Zealanders”.

The programme is designed for graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, following the nutrition pathway, or an equivalent qualification.

Further information can be found at: www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/nutrition-dietetics