Dietistic

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations

Presentation

The degree program in Dietetics trains students to become dieticians, professionals who are dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of individuals, communities, or patients suffering from diseases through a proper and balanced diet. Course work is therefore directed towards the acquisition of expertise both in the field of human nutrition, food services, as well as in the prevention of disease linked to nutrition (obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, eating disorders, etc.), and their treatment through diet therapy. Students will gain a theoretical background in the biological and chemico-clinical fields, as well as practical technical knowledge and skills (diet and diet therapy). Upon completion of the three-year program, and once the final accreditation examination has been passed, graduates will be qualified to practice the profession of dietician in the sector of health care or in other areas.

Course content

In the first year of the program, in addition to the study of food chemistry and the principles of dietetics, students will explore various areas of biomedical disciplines in order to develop a better understanding of the most relevant physiological and pathological processes which involve nutrition. In the second year, the study of the principal health problems of a community and the response of socio-sanitary services to nutritional needs, as well as the fundamentals of psycho-pedagogy, will enable students to obtain a solid theoretical and practical understanding of collective nutrition and nutritional education. In the third year, specialized medical course work and clinical internships are aimed at developing specific competencies in the field of clinical nutrition and diet therapy, and at learning the principal deontological regulations governing the profession of dietetics. The mandatory internships are performed in collaboration with qualified dieticians employed in university and community institutions who work as tutors, preparing students for the profession. Successful completion of the final examination will lead to accreditation as a dietician, and no further placements are required to practice the profession.

Career options

A dietician is a health care professional who is an expert in food, nutrition, and dietetics. In particular, dieticians can practice their profession in three principal areas. In the clinical field, a dietician designs and plans individualized diets (prescribed by physicians) for patients, monitors their clinical progress, and collaborates with other professionals in the treatment of eating disorders. In the field of collective nutrition, dieticians work on the composition of food portions and menus to meet the nutritional needs of differing population groups. They can be involved in the quality control of food services in schools, companies, hospitals, and elderly care cafeterias, or they can work as teacher-educators in an academic or health setting to promote healthy eating habits. Dieticians can also work independently in health institutions (hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities), in public or private institutions (e.g. local authorities, restaurants, food industry, nurseries, sports centers).

More information

Course Director
prof. Francesca Carubbi
tel. 059 396 1803 - fax 059 396 1335 / 059 3961322
e-mail francesca.carubbi@unimore.it
Tutor
dott.ssa Patrizia Pedrazzi, coordinatore AFP
tel. 059 2055354 & - fax fax. 059 2055363
e-mail cdl_dietistica@unimore.it, patrizia.pedrazzi@unimore.it

The course is managed by the Department of Diagnostics, Clinical and Public Health Medicine