Dietetics and Hospital Food Service: Course, Jobs & Admission

Nutrition and Dietetics is an emerging field of healthcare. It is not just a growing industry but a whole new area that understands the need for good food habits and imparts guidance to develop a healthy world. Growing public interest in taking control of one’s health is likely to improve employment prospects for dietetics professionals. P.G. Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service program allows those candidates who are interested in health and nutrition to select their own way and field of nutrition they want to specialize in while concentrating on practical placement, communication as well as international engagement. These professionals would design dietary treatments not only for diseased individuals but also work on some health drives for those who love to lead a healthy lifestyle.  This postgraduate diploma program is intended to create graduates to be work-ready in the field of nutrition and dietetics over practice areas including private practice, clinical dietetics, public health nutrition, food service management, sports nutrition and nutrition research. 


Top Colleges

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences

2. Safdarjung Hospital

3. Apollo Hospital

4. Christian Medical College

5. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital

6. King Edward Memorial Hospital

7. Tata Memorial Hospital

8. PGIMER Chandigarh

9. Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre

10. Kokilaben Hospital

11 .Medanta

12. Fortis


Highlights

CourseP.G.Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service
Duration2 Years
Examination typeSemester or Yearly examination  (differs irrespective of the college and university)
EligibilityGraduation in Science with Nutrition as a major subject from a recognized college or university 
Admission ProcessEntrance and Merit-Based (differs irrespective of the college and university)
Average course fees10,000 - 2 lakhs
Top job areas
Government Sector, Hospitals and Clinics, Health Departments, Schools & Colleges, Sports and Health Clubs, Hostels and Restaurants, Athletes Camps, Research and Development Centres, Mass Media Gyms, Slimming Centres, Private Consultant/Practitioner


Eligibility

CourseDurationEligibilityEntrance
P.G.Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service
2 YearsGraduation in Science with Nutrition as a major subject from a recognized college or university 
AIIMS PG, JEST, IIT JAM, CUCET, NEST, BITSAT



Top Recruiters

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences

2. Safdarjung Hospital

3. Apollo Hospital

4. Christian Medical College

5. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital

6. King Edward Memorial Hospital

7. Tata Memorial Hospital

8. PGIMER Chandigarh

9. Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre

10. Kokilaben Hospital

11. Medanta

12. Fortis


Admission Process

Some colleges also offer admission on the basis of obtained merit at the level of graduation. However, generally, in most of the colleges and institutes offering the course, admission is provided based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, conducted at any of State and national levels, followed by a subsequent round of counseling. Some of the national level entrances are mentioned below:

1. AIIMS PG

2. JEST

3. IIT JAM

4. CUCET

5. NEST

6. BITSAT


Syllabus Course

Semester 1Semester 2
Human Physiology
Therapeutic Dietetics-II
Applied Biochemistry
Nutritional Perspective in Community-II
Therapeutic Dietetics -1
Nutrition Industry Mgt.-II
Nutritional Perspective In Community-1
Sports Nutrition
Nutrition Industry Management-1

Food Safety in Food Service Establishment



Skills Required

The sound knowledge of dietetics and hospital food service cannot take an aspiring individual to great heights, there are certain skills the aspiring individual should possess in order to be successful in this field. These skills make the work enjoyable and can also help in understanding the patient's problem properly.  Some of the important skills are mentioned below:

1. Communication Skills

2. Interpersonal Skills

3. Time Management

4. Team Working Skills

5. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills

6. Service Orientation Skills

7. Persuasion and Negotiation Skills

8. Judgment and Decision-Making Skills


Top Entrances

The colleges providing this course have their own entrance examinations conducted by the organizing body. There are many state and national level exams whose scorecard is accepted by the University and colleges providing P.G. Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service. There are many colleges and universities who select candidates on merit basis. Some of the top-level state and national level universities are mentioned below:

1. TIFR Graduate School Admissions (GS)

2. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS PG ) exam

3. Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST)

4. Indian Institute of Technology – Joint Admission Test (IIT JAM )

5. Indira Gandhi National Open University Entrance Exam (IGNOU )

6. Indian School of Mines Entrance Exam

7. Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Examination (JNUEE)

8. Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET)

10. Jawaharlal Nehru University Combined Entrance Examination for 11. Biotechnology (JNU CEEB)

12. National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)

13. Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test (BITSAT)


Career

Job prospectusJob DescriptionSalary
Diet Technician
Diet Technician helps people in monitoring their health and diet and offers them prescription related to their better health.
Rs 2,00,000 to Rs 4,00,000
Nutrition Manager
A Nutrition Manager is an expert in the field of Nutrition Management. He is responsible in monitoring the nutrition requirements in diet for proper health.
Rs 2,40,000 to Rs 4,00,000
Clinical Dietician
Clinical dieticians responsible to design and supervise numerous nutritional programs for health care patients after leading assessments of the patients' individual needs.
Rs 2 to Rs 4 Lacs
Management Dietician
Dietary service managers are responsible to hire and train workers; they develop budgets and guarantee that their facility meets health and safety code necessities. They should determine whether meal plans are meeting nutritional standards without going over budget.
Rs 7 to Rs 9 Lacs
Consultant Dietician
They are responsible to work under the guidance of a dietician to help in patient food selections, menu planning, recipe revision and standardization as well as portion control.
Rs 6 to Rs 8 lacs
Community Dietician
A Community dietician is in charge of providing exact and individualized diet and nutrition counseling. Diet and nutrition counseling can be helpful for hypertension, geriatric patients, or various medical conditions, and for patients who are suffering from diabetes and obesity.
Rs 4 to Rs 6 Lacs



FAQ's


Q: What is the principal objective of this course?

A: The principal objective of this course is to provide proper knowledge regarding the need for good food habits and imparts guidance to develop a healthy world. 


Q: Who are the top recruiters in this field?

A: The top recruiters in this field are as follows:

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences

2. Safdarjung Hospital

3. Apollo Hospital

4. Christian Medical College

5. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital

6. King Edward Memorial Hospital


Q: What are the top entrances for this course?

A: The top entrances are mentioned below:

1. AIIMS PG

2. JEST

3. IIT JAM

4. CUCET

5. NEST

6. BITSAT


Q: What are the top colleges for P.G.Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service?

A: Some of the top colleges are mentioned below:

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences

2. Safdarjung Hospital

3. Apollo Hospital

4. Christian Medical College

5. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital


Q: What is the selection process for admission into P.G.Diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service?

A: Some colleges have a merit-based selection process, but there are some colleges and universities that have their own entrances. There some national entrances whose scorecard is also accepted by some colleges and universities.


Q: What are the important skills required for this course?

A: Some of the important skills are mentioned below:

1. Communication Skills

2. Interpersonal Skills

3. Time Management

4. Team Working Skills

5. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills


Q: What is the duration of this course?

A: The duration of the course is 2 Years.


Q: What are the top job profiles associated with this course?

A:  Some of the top job profiles are mentioned below:

1. Diet Technician

2. Nutrition Manager

3. Consultant Dietician

For more information please check the career section.



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