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Diploma in Clinical and Community Nutrition

Course Rationale
Lack of access to good education and correct information can hamper this.  Without The high incidence and prevalence of preventable diseases and emergence of new diseases and the need for proper Nutrition places a heavy demand on the existing training institutions offering nutrition related courses.

Recent advances in I.C.T call for a need to revise our training Curriculum to be relevant to today’s market and to improve on operational research in the endeavour to meet Kenyan developmental goals as well as solve malnutrition problems in Kenya and Africa as a region. Nutrition activities are being in-corporated in development programmes and planners are using nutrition outcomes such as improved growth to evaluate the impact of these programmes.  With a strong foundation of co-operation between local communities, NGO’s and government, the lives of our people can take the shape we want, and they deserve; i.e. healthy growth and development and greater productivity through good nutrition.

information accessible from research and education programmes, the awareness, skills and behaviors needed to combat malnutrition cannot be developed. All human beings have the right to good nutrition.  The world has the obligation to protect this right; building on both the great experience gained and the scientific knowledge achieved thus action is both possible and imperative.
Mt. Kenya University recognizes the need for producing highly skilled Clinical and Community nutrition officers who will provide Kenyans with the much needed quality health care services.

Why study the programme
The major goal of development in Kenya is improvement of the overall well-being and quality of life of the population.  Strategies to achieve this goal include Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) the District Focus for Rural Development and Primary Health care.  

Target Groups
Mount Kenya University with an emphasis of science, technology and humanities, offers an all rounded education including moral and professional education to all persons irrespective of religion, race, gender or political affiliation, social or cultural background. It endeavors to develop well trained man power equipped with technological scientific knowledge and capacities from certificates, diplomas, under graduate and post‐graduate degree Programmes

Programme Objectives

  1.  conduct Nutrition /health Education and counseling with emphasis on the feeding habits, care of vulnerable groups in homes, communities and institutions.
  2. To collaborate with other agencies and groups to assess monitor and improve the nutritional status of members of communities so as to  impact on development programmes in the community.
  3. Sensitize and train extension staff such as those in health, agriculture, social services and education sectors to better conceptualize nutrition problems in the community and advocate actions for improvement.
  4. Conduct a community diagnosis and operational research, and keep up to date with professional knowledge and development
  5. To offer training that will enable students to work in a variety of settings such as Hospitals, community based programmes, NGOs, United Nations organizations, emergency situations, food industries and consultant firms among others.

Entry Requirements
The entry requirements set out below must be regarded as minimum requirements which, in no way directly entitle an applicant to a place in the university. The following requirements must be fulfilled: -
A candidate for Diploma In Clinical and Community Nutrition must possess the following equivalents qualifications.

  1. KCSE certificate with a minimum of grade C plain or equivalent qualification recognized by University senate.
  2. Professional certificate in relevant discipline from an institution recognized by the University senate.

Exemptions and credit transfers

  1. Evidence supporting the application should include certified academic transcripts, certificates and a letter from the relevant registrar or authority
  2. Application for credit transfer will not be allowed three (3) weeks after the start of the semester / trimester unless granted permission by the University Senate.

The University reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through the relevant Department in order to determine whether exemption should be granted

Programme start dates
Every January, May and Sept


Download the most recent fee structure here

Application form

Applications can be downloded here , you can also submit your application online here

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