10 reasons to study integrated nutrition & dietetics

A career in healthcare can be incredibly rewarding. Studying for a degree is a big investment in your future, so how do you make sure you pick the right path for you?

Here are 10 reasons why integrated nutrition and dietetics should be top of your list:

  1. Make a real difference to people’s lives.
    Integrated nutrition brings together the best of all branches of the current nutrition profession and is a highly scientific, patient-centred and comprehensive approach to healthcare. By combining traditional dietetics with nutrition science and applied nutrition disciplines, UCO graduates will have the skills to critically assess all nutritional interventions available and choose the most safe and effective one for each situation, helping to facilitate real change to the lives of their patients. Not only will you be able to help transform the lives and health of your patients, but you’ll also gain a deep understanding of your own nutrition needs.
     
  2. Study a new discipline.
    At the UCO, you’ll study a new, progressive and integrated approach to providing nutrition and dietetic care in one new discipline. We follow the approved training framework set out for dietitians, but with a focus on ensuring our graduates have the adaptive, modern and functional competences to meet ever changing patient and health care needs. You will gain a deep, scientific and evidence-based approach to human health and nutrition, and this new knowledge will give you the confidence and capabilities to make difference in an increasingly complex healthcare landscape.
     
  3. Become highly skilled.
    Integrated nutrition professionals can provide highly personalised support, tailored to the unique health and lifestyle needs of individuals, using the most effective tools and techniques to support service users in making the changes necessary to address health concerns and achieve their goals. Throughout your studies at the UCO, you’ll gain a deep understanding of biomedical and nutrition science, advanced communication and behavioural techniques, applied research skills, and use this to inform your development into an adaptive and patient-centred practitioner.
     
  4. Learn from the best.
    A team of qualified and practicing nutrition and dietetics professionals, who are experts in their fields, will form the core teaching staff on the UCO’s integrated nutrition and dietetics degree. Bringing together a diverse and eclectic range of experiences and insights from industry, academia, clinical and private practice, this will be leveraged to enrich students’ learning and educational experiences. You’ll be joining a passionate and forward-thinking academic institute, right in the heart of London, where we are constantly striving to deliver the very best in clinical practice education. Under the supervision of highly experienced nutrition and dietetics professionals you’ll be guided and supported into becoming an effective and confident nutrition practitioner.
     
  5. Take a fresh, applied and integrated approach to learning.
    The UCO’s integrated nutrition and dietetics course is structured as a ‘spiral curriculum’, with students applying knowledge in new ways throughout the degree, with the subject matter increasing in complexity with each encounter and reinforcing previous learning. The concept and practise of being a nutrition & dietetics professional is at the heart of the programme. It is designed to retain a degree of flexibility to allow for effective context-specific delivery.
     
  6. Gain extensive clinical experience.
    The UCO has an exceptional track record for providing clinical professions-based education and pioneering education and research in the field of natural health. Your skills and knowledge will be integrated through extensive clinical practice experience at our in-house purpose-built nutrition and dietetics clinic, and our multiple community and hospital partnerships. Here you’ll spend over 1,000 hours in direct contact with a diverse range of service users right from the very first term of your studies, providing nutritional care to a broad range of service users on a regular and continuous basis.
     
  7. Become a dietitian.
    Upon graduation from the UCO, you’ll be able to apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a dietitian. The HCPC recognises graduates as meeting the highest standards of education and research, as well as having the experience and skills required to apply their knowledge safely and effectively in a clinical setting.
     
  8. Join an allied health profession.
    A career in the allied health professions makes you highly employable, allows you to help people every day, and gives you the flexibility to live and work anywhere. Dietitians are one of the allied health professions recognised by the NHS, and the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.
     
  9. Enjoy career freedom.
    Whether you decide you want to work in the NHS, private healthcare, go into industry, further study, or even set up your own practice, your degree in integrated nutrition and dietetics will support you in achieving a dynamic and rewarding career that’s right for you and present you with fantastic graduate prospects.
     
  10. Earn good money.
    As an integrated nutrition professional, you will have great earning potential. What you’ll earn will be largely up to you, based on where and how often you want to work, how much work you put in, what patients you want to see and what rates you decide to charge.

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