The Department of Physiology School of Biomedical Sciences has today 16th November 2011 unveiled a new bachelor├ö├ç├ûs program scheduled to begin next academic year. The Bachelor of Clinical Nutrition is designed to address gaps in health facilities where the deployment of nutritionists who can deal with the practical aspects on malnutrition, is inadequate.
Presenting the program to stakeholders at a Stakeholder Consultation workshop today, Dr. Josephine Kasolo, the Chair Department of Physiology, said that the program├ö├ç├ûs key objective is to develop clinical nutrition practitioners with the knowledge and skills to manage cases of malnutrition at health facility and community levels.
The stakeholder workshop was convened to get contribution and input from key stakeholders working in nutrition area, on what the curriculum should cover and how best the program should be implemented.
The four-year program will admit fresh senior six leavers as well as diploma holders. Its graduates are expected to work in public and private health units as part of patient management teams, as well as work at community levels to prevent malnutrition. Clinical Nutrition graduates can also work for public education programs, in refugee camps as well as research institutions.
The Dean School of Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor Charles Ibingira, noted that currently in Uganda, nutrition issues are being handled by people with medical degrees who are not specialists in nutrition matters.
He added that the Clinical Nutrition graduates will be able to design and implement nutrition programs for people across all ages.
The workshop was attended by stakeholders from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Makerere University and other institutions.