Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics Program

revised: Dec. 19, 2016, 2:08 p.m.

The Degree Program in Nutrition and Dietetics offers a four-year education with a broad and comprehensive curriculum that provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to graduate as competent and well-rounded dieticians.

During the first year of the degree program, students take classes in the basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, organic chemistry, medical biology and genetics, which strengthen their knowledge of the substructure of the profession, in addition to courses in medical ethics, psychology, principles and applications of the principles of nutrition, which comprise the required basic professional knowledge.  In order to maintain and improve their knowledge of English they will also take a course in English for academic purposes.

During the first semester of the second year, students will study the chemistry and analyses of nutrients, public health, microbiology, parasitology, research methods in health sciences, and statistics in order to provide a solid substructure of professional knowledge.  The curriculum of the second semester includes biochemistry, nutritional microbiology, nutritional safety, sociology and nutritional education along with clinical applications and classes in medical English to meet the practical needs of the profession.  Students are also offered elective classes that will enhance their professional knowledge.  Students who have completed all classes at the end of the second year will perform a three-week clinical practice internship.

During the third year, students will study community nutrition, institutional nutrition, clinical nutrition for illnesses, food controls and regulations, mother-child nutrition, eating disorders in young people and nutritional needs of the elderly; elective courses that support their professional knowledge and studies in medical English will continue throughout both semesters, along with classes on evidence-based applications. Students who have successfully completed the third year of coursework will perform a three-week summer internship.

During the final year of the program, students will put into practice the professional knowledge they have acquired in supervised clinical settings. Students will be expected to prepare medical project and presentation lessons along with a graduation project.

Students of the BİLGİ School of Health Sciences-Department of Nutrition and Dietetics can take advantage of the Erasmus and “Laureate” exchange network programs to obtain experience abroad. In addition, their participation in the social responsibility projects within the University’s system will provide them with an active learning experience.