CNHS

Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nutrition

Public Health and Nutrition The focus of this degree is the health status of individuals and communities and the wide variety of policies and activities that are designed to create awareness of health issues, prevent illness, and improve health status. Poor health and disease are major concerns in the U.A.E and the number of U.A.E residents suffering from chronic diseases is expected to continue to rise. As a result, there is a need for public health and nutrition specialists who can deal with the rising incidence of noncommunicable diseases in the U.A.E. Knowledge and skills are developed that enable graduates to work effectively with decision-makers, professionals, and others in the community to analyze public health and nutrition issues in different settings and create and manage programs to enhance health and well- being.

In addition to a solid basis in science, students will learn essential practical skills to allow them to take up employment in the diverse areas of the health sector with specific emphasis on public health and nutrition. These will include the study of the role of nutrition in disease prevention, clinical nutrition and therapeutic diets, food safety, community health and nutrition and nutrition and health counseling, as well as health education and health promotion. Career opportunities exist in a wide range of settings that include local hospitals, government ministries, clinics, schools, and private sector organizations. For students who wish to pursue a clinical career in hospitals, the incorporation of a clinical internship, lasting 6-12 months, is necessary after completion of the degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will critically evaluate evidence and contextual factors obtained from reliable sources to produce wellreasoned decisions and interventions in public health and nutrition.

2. Knowledge and Practice:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate a substantive understanding of major concepts and practices in nutrition and public health, and will evaluate how these concepts and practices can be applied appropriately at a local and global level.

3. Communication:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate highly developed visual, oral and written communication skills in order to convey complex public health and nutrition information and practices to a variety of audiences.

4. Research:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the methods and approaches used in public health and nutrition to collect and analyze data, and will apply knowledge and skills effectively to conduct research.

5. Professional Engagement:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will demonstrate high standards of professional integrity and ethics, will recognize the need for further learning, and will engage respectfully with people of diverse cultures, abilities, and backgrounds.

6. Leadership, Autonomy, and Teamwork:

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will exhibit effective leadership and management skills and sensibilities required to work efficiently, independently and in teams.