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Nutrition Courses: The Essentials

Nutrition courses open doors for individuals looking to progress in the ever-growing nutrition and health market. Though not all careers in nutrition require specific qualifications, anyone aspiring to a nutrition-related role can benefit from enrolling in targeted nutrition courses geared towards developing, enhancing and maintaining relevant skills.

Studying nutrition is important for understanding the importance of the cause of diseases related to food intake. It's important to consider that the health and nutrition industry is constantly changing in conjunction with new health developments and discoveries in the field, so nutrition courses can help professionals keep up to date with these essential findings and recommendations. 

Training Courses in Nutrition

Popular nutrition courses include:

  •         Food engineering
  •         Nutrients specialisation
  •         Biochemical sciences
  •         Nutrition essentials

Concepts covered include:

  •         A balancing act and its essentials
  •         Importance of right mix of ingredients
  •         Dietary oxidants and essentials
  •         Plasma lipids and properties
  •         Optimal nutrition benefits
  •         Plant-based nutrition and essentials

Course Formats

A large number of professional nutrition courses are online-based, in order to accommodate existing professionals in the healthcare or nutrition profession, looking to develop their knowledge while working. These may be offered in a variety of formats, including webinars, tutorials, web conferences and online assessments. These courses are typically less expensive than classroom programmes.

Universities also offer nutrition courses in traditional classroom settings, including graduate and postgraduate programmes. For those looking into academic research and development in nutrition, doctorate and post doctorate degrees in nutrition are also available. Nutrition courses can also be taken at training centres and academic institutes, which offer a variety of certifications. 

Career Paths in Nutrition

Though as a growing industry it is continuing to produce new professions, nutrition remains dominated by two main career paths: nutritionist and dietician. A nutritionist is generally considered to have a largely advisory role that involves giving advice and helping others understand that their eating habits affect their well-being in many ways. On the other hand, a dietician will tend to have a more advanced scientific background and actively apply knowledge based on research and trials to, for example, formulate an eating plan for an individuals with special dietary requirements.

This difference is largely due to the fact that dieticians are able to supply and dispense prescription medication, while nutritionists are only able to recommend supplements and cannot alter existing medical prescriptions. At the same time, the two professions overlap in that they both require people with strong communication skills and the ability to teach others about healthy eating habits. Nutrition courses are therefore suitable for individuals in both professions.

Other career paths include:

  • Clinical Nutritionist
  • Nutritional Therapist
  • Dietetic Consultant
  • Food Science Researcher
  • Food Service Manager
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

Related Areas of Expertise

Findcourses also offers training courses in the related field of fitness and instructor training. As there is such a strong inter-connection between health and fitness, professionals aspiring to become personal trainers will need to have a sound understanding of healthy eating habits - and are recommended to take nutrition courses. Likewise, nutrition professionals can benefit from knowledge of fitness and how training interacts with diet to impact health and well-being. Find out more about the courses in this field.

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