What is Nutrition with Professional Practice?

Nutrition with Professional Practice uses professional practice frameworks, advanced client-care skills, psychological methods to enhance behaviour change, science communication skills and media training to effectively develop, promote and disseminate nutrition science based on scientific evidence to individuals or at a population level to enable them to promote health, improve exercise performance and prevent diet-related diseases.

The extensive training in psychology and communication skills enables the provision of highly personalised support, tailored to the unique health and lifestyle needs of each client, using the most effective tools and techniques to support individuals in making the changes necessary to address health concerns and achieve their goals.

Integrating professional practice throughout a nutrition science degree course incorporates a client-focused approach to developing, promoting and disseminating robust, scientific evidence-based, healthy dietary advice. Graduates from this course are able to apply for registration to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as a Registered Associate Nutritionist*. This would entitle you to use the letters ANutr after your name.

The UKVRN is held by the Association for Nutrition and is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers. Registered Nutritionists are experienced in conducting scientific research and critical assessment of the quality, benefits and limitations associated with new and existing scientific evidence to determine the validity and relevance of the findings within the context of the existing evidence-base and how this may influence their own practice and the health and wellbeing of the individuals and groups they work with.

As scientists, Registered Nutritionists do not follow trends or the latest fads, but generate evidence-based, safe and effective nutrition-based support and translate complex scientific theory and research findings into practical and accessible advice and information to inform their clients on how best to improve their health.

Why study Nutrition with Professional Practice?

Recent research suggests that 11 million deaths were attributed to poor dietary choices (Afshin et al, 2019). The high prevalence of obesity is also a risk factor for many non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. With substantial evidence suggesting a direct link between poor dietary choices and global disease, nutrition science could be described as a form of preventative medicine. The future of healthcare needs to incorporate the client-focused, evidence-based, nutritional approach to tackling disease that is embedded within nutrition with professional practice.

Why study at the UCO?

Here at the University College of Osteopathy, we work hard to ensure the time our students spend with us is stimulating and enriching, providing them with the skills and experience they need to become highly competent, client-focused healthcare practitioners.

The BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice course, launching at the UCO this academic year, is a brand-new 3-year undergraduate degree programme that aims to create a cohesive and highly integrated new generation of nutrition professionals who have the skills and capabilities to apply their scientific knowledge to help promote the health and prevent disease in their clients. They will also be able to work in the wider nutrition industry at the population level.

Graduates of this degree will have the diverse tools, techniques and scientific understanding to make evidence-based, clinically reasoned decisions to utilise options for supporting client health and nutritional requirements.

Extensive professional practice experience and training in advanced communication and behaviour change techniques will help ensure graduates are adept at facilitating real change in the face of an increasingly complex healthcare landscape and can provide advanced, client-focused care.

* Please note that this course is subject to approval by the Association for Nutrition. 

If you are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare, we have a place for you at the UCO!

To encourage applicants to study towards a brilliant and rewarding career in healthcare, we are pleased to offer a special introductory tuition fee discount for students who have accepted a place on our new BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice undergraduate course for the 2020-21 academic year. Students will get a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year, and a 10% reduction in tuition fees for the 2021-22 academic year.

Find out more about nutrition as a career.

Apply now and get ready to tackle some of the pressing issues associated with global health! www.uco.ac.uk/nutrition

Got a question? Contact us on 020 7089 5316 or admissions@uco.ac.uk.

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