Nutritional Sciences comes under the domain of applied sciences and encompasses the study of Human Body, Food, Nutrition, Diseases, and Nutrition Care Process. It involves the understanding of how food interacts with the body. Allopathic Medication has been used for years worldwide but it presents its own spectrum of health consequences. The role of food in preventing and curing diseases is important and is gaining interest all over the world, making the study of nutritional sciences of key importance. Nutritional Sciences does not only cater clinical side but also deals with community nutrition and food & nutrition services.
BS Nutrition Sciences
A balanced diet is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nutritionists help people discover the best diets for their needs. Nutritionists can play following roles:
Clinical dietitians and nutritionists provide medical nutrition therapy. They work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, private practice, and other institutions. They create nutritional programs based on the health needs of patients or residents and counsel patients on how to lead a healthier lifestyle. Clinical dietitians and nutritionists may further specialize, such as working only with patients with kidney diseases or those with diabetes.
Community dietitians and nutritionists develop programs and counsel the public on topics related to food and nutrition. They often work with specific groups of people, such as adolescents or the elderly. They work in public health clinics, government and nonprofit agencies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), and other settings.
Food Service Management dietitians and nutritionist, work in food service settings such as cafeterias, hospitals, prisons, and schools. They may be responsible for buying food and for carrying out other business-related tasks such as budgeting. Management dietitians may oversee kitchen staff or other dietitians.
- Students can pursue further studies up to MS, Mphil and PhD.
- Nutrition is an emerging field in the health sector and provides several opportunities to graduates and post-graduates in the field of clinical nutrition, community nutrition and food & nutrition.
After studding Nutritional Sciences you will have following career opportunities:
Clinical Nutritionists: Clinical nutritionists work in medical settings, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices and clinics. These nutritionists are in charge of providing medical nutrition therapy, a therapeutic method used to treat diseases by specifically tailoring the diet. Clinical nutritionists work with doctors and other health care professionals to develop meal plans that provide the appropriate amount of nutrients to patients, based on their medical conditions. Duties may include formulating meals for a feeding tube or providing nutrition education classes for people living with medical conditions.
Community Nutritionists: Educating the public is a large part of this career. You’ll provide clients with nutritional counseling and teach them the tenets of healthy eating and diet monitoring. You may also work with clients’ families, informing them of how to implement new diet plans at home. Nutritionists may serve as instructors in dietary courses and training programs. In such cases, you’ll prepare curriculum, gather educational materials, and lecture students and trainees.
Food Service Nutritionists: Food service nutritionists work in school cafeterias, restaurants and other large-scale food establishments. Following government or state policies is usually a critical component to this position. Specific guidelines must be followed regarding portion sizes, food group options and menu disclaimers. Routine audits and inspections are done to ensure kitchen staff and managers are in compliance with regulatory standards. Food service nutritionists also give advice for handling special dietary concerns and food allergies.
Academic Nutritionists: Academic Nutritionist mainly work in the educational sector i.e. Universities and Colleges. They can also work as a trainer and counseling coach.
Nutritional Sciences faculty is well experienced in all clinical areas of study and involved in patient care at NIU affiliated Fatima Memorial Hospital.
|Head of Department||Ms. Shazia Zahra (M.Phil. Research Scholar in Community
Health Nutrition & M.Sc. in Food and Nutrition)
|Professor||Dr. Waseem Bano (PhD in Nutrition)|
|Assistant Professor||Ms. Rabia Khurshid (M.Phil in Biochemistry and Immunology)|
|Senior Lecturer||Ms. Safeena Amjad (M.Phil Research Scholar in Community Health
|Lecturer||1. Ms. Mishaal Perwaiz Khan (M.Phil Research Scholar)|
|2. Ms. Sidra Bhatti (M.Phil Research Scholar)|
|3. Ms. Izma Zahir (M.Phil Research Scholar)|
|4. Ms. Hiba Mubeen (M.Phil Research Scholar)|
|5. Ms. Hira Zia (M.Phil Research Scholar)|
The program includes a very broad and diverse set of cutting edge topics in the field of nutritional sciences with an equally far reaching set of potential application areas. NIU’s nutrition graduates will be able to identify the role of nutrients for health and well-being and have an in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in health care, the corporate food and beverage sector, or for future study or research in graduate or professional schools in nutrition, food science or allied disciplines. Another unique feature is availability of residency training in a hospital setting (Fatima Memorial Hospital, Hijaz Hospital and Khair-un-Nisa Hospital) for students who want to gain hands-on work experience and develop and build upon skills.
NUR International University is offering Clinical Nutrition at Masters Level for the first time in Pakistan and masters in Clinical Nutrition at NIU develop students’ skills in preventive and therapeutic nutrition. This degree program in Clinical Nutrition at NIU crosses borders and disciplines. It encompasses understanding of supportive nutritional treatments for modern day ailments while developing skills in preventive medicine.
The program encourages students to think critically, communicate effectively and analyze scientific research in the area of their interest. The program is suitable for students who want to pursue advanced degree or wish to conduct research or opt for teaching opportunities. Residency training in a hospital setting (Fatima Memorial Hospital, Hijaz Hospital and Khair-un-Nisa Hospital) is available for students who aspire to gain valuable work experience and develop upon skills.
The postgraduate program in Clinical Nutrition incorporates advance concepts in nutrition science including medical applications of clinical nutrition, nutritional assessment, and tops in genetic variations and human needs. Students will be exposed to research methodologies to prepare them for their dissertation.
Applicants who have successfully completed one of the following academic qualifications;
- Sc (Pre-Medical)
- O – Levels (at least 6 subjects) and A – levels (at least 3 full credit courses)
- American High School Diploma (HSD)
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- BS (4 years) degree in the nutrition related fields or M.B.B.S; B.D.S; Pharm-D, DVM
- Minimum of 2.5 CGPA is required
- Must have studied in their degree program: Fundamentals of Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition-I and Nutritional Biochemistry.
The tuition fee for the two programs is:
- PKR 192,500/- per annum for the BS (Hons.) Nutritional Sciences program
- PKR 198,000/- per annum for the MS Clinical Nutrition Program
No particular admission tests are required for admission at NIU. However, the successful submission of application will be followed by an interview of the candidate.
The concept of zero semester has been introduced at NIU to equalize the student’s knowledge coming from diverse backgrounds in M.S Clinical Nutrition. A thorough background of basics of nutrition is revised through the zero semester in order to refresh the nutritional knowledge. The following are the pre-requisite courses taught in the zero semester:
- Fundamentals of Nutrition
- Clinical Nutrition- I
- Nutritional influence on Biochemistry
The study of nutritional biochemistry provides essential knowledge about the mechanism of nutrient interactions with human body. It will also aid the students in understanding the clinical aspects of nutrition which will be of paramount importance during their clinical practice.