There is a growing demand worldwide for highly trained graduates in the field of clinical nutrition and health for positions in the health services, local government, food industries and research and development. Countries all over the world recognise the important role nutrition plays in improving health and preventing disease and have prioritised nutrition and diet within their national health plans.
Most countries worldwide have identified a need to increase the capacity of their nutrition workforce, but few have the resources to provide this in their own country beyond undergraduate level.
The MSc Clinical Nutrition and Health is designed to address this priority. It is aimed at medical doctors, graduates of life sciences (with a strong underpinning in physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, health psychology, food science) and degree level health professionals who want to improve their knowledge of clinical nutrition.
The programme will be of particular interest to overseas students for whom this specialist field of study may not be available in their country of origin. The MSc research project develops your research skills, scientific writing skills and consolidates your knowledge base in clinical nutrition and health.
Examples of Research in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics underpinning the MSc programme: -Measuring the diet quality of population groups using dietary pattern analysis and a diet quality index. The use of this to inform and to evaluate food and nutrition policy. -Investigating the effect of gestational diabetes during pregnancy on growth outcome for infants. -Assessing infant feeding and macronutrient intake and its effect on early growth patterns. -Food Science Research interest include microbial metabolites, food safety and risk assessment, food borne diseases, environmental microbiology and food composition and nutrients. -Research undertaken on Patient-centred Outcomes in Dietary Research. -Research undertaken on Secondary Prevention of Stroke and research into optimising nutrition of older people with dementia.
Career opportunities in this area include working in clinical nutrition, public health, local government, the food industry, food companies, university and industry research departments, as well as further study.