Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Health Science with Nutrition

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Health Science with Nutrition

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years

  • 8

    Level

  • 354

    Points

  • AL836

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This BSc (Hons) in Health Science with Nutrition programme is a unique interfacial degree with an equal emphasis on both nutrition and health science. This programme provides an approach to nutrition that is based on the scientific and academic principles of biology, biochemistry, social and public health aspects of human nutrition, as well as encompassing emerging issues such as biotechnology, food sustainability and security. The primary aim of the programme is to develop expertise in nutrition and apply this knowledge and related skills to health science and public health.

This synergistic approach to nutrition and health science provides students with a greater understanding of the integration of these elements and the vital role of nutrition in public health and health promotion initiatives. Core studies include nutrition, food science, nutrition throughout the lifecycle and in health and disease. These are complimented by the behavioural sciences, health policy, research methods, epidemiology and new developments in health in the areas of biotechnology and microbiology are included. In this programme, principles related to the primary healthcare service, strategies and methods for promotion and evaluation of health are also explored and evaluated.

The programme is underpinned by a strong foundation in the core sciences supporting health science with nutrition and a rigorous scientific approach is central to the entire programme.

Graduates develop the capacity for independent learning, critical thinking and reflective and evidence-based best practice, as well as problem solving and team-working capabilities. These skills, coupled with a strong focus on the work placement component in Year 3 assist graduates in preparing for a successful and productive career in the area of nutrition and health. The professional work placement provides students the opportunity to consolidate and extend their knowledge of nutrition and health science with a structured introduction to employment and to gain valuable experience of the culture, nature and structure of a working environment.

AIT’s health science with nutrition degree perfectly aligns with national and interational policy to encourage people to live healthier lives. AIT has an international track record of undertaking research at a pan-European level into food technologies and food safety. The Nursing and Health Science Building is an attractive, modern facility, situated on AIT’s East Campus.

What will I experience?

Students will complete a 15 week placement in health promotion, health/nutrition research, food industry or nutrition regulatory bodies. It is intended that on completion of their Professional Work Experience placement, students will have a greater understanding of the role of the Health Professional and a greater appreciation of the relevance of technical information presented to them in their degree.

Students will see the practical applications of many subjects, analyses and principles, will have the opportunity to improve their written, oral and communication skills and to practice appropriate professional conduct in the workplace.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Employment opportunities include: health sector, health promotion, research, food industry and food regulatory affairs, health science journalism and nutrition adviser.

As a graduate of this programme, you may progress to study postgraduate opportunities at Master and doctorate levels. Completion of the BSc (Honours) in Health Science with Nutrition does not qualify the graduate to practice as a dietitian. However, successful graduates of the degree may be considered for postgraduate courses in dietetics. Graduates from this degree have been accepted onto postgraduate dietetics courses.

Assessment Information

Students will be assessed using a variety of assessment; presentations, written work, practicals, as well as final exams. Assessments will be carried out individually and in groups, and will incorporate experiential and applied learning.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL836
Cut Off CAO Points:
354
Median CAO Points:
367
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept. of Sport & Health Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Minimum of Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects plus a minimum of grade O6/H7 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these six subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI (FETAC):

2 places reserved for QQI students. Any QQI award with three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C2017 or Leaving Certificate Maths at O6/H7 is accepted.

English Language IELTS 6.5

Lecturer Testimonial

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Dr Patricia Heavey, Lecturer

Students will experience an evidence based approach and a comprehensive understanding of the relationship of diet and lifestyle to health. Graduates will have a wide range of skills and knowledge required by Nutritionists and Health Scientists.

Student Testimonial

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Rebecca McGrath, Graduate

I can honestly say that this course offers the perfect combination of theoretical and practical learning. The amazing opportunity of a work placement has provided me with invaluable first-hand experience essential for gaining employment as a graduate.

Course Structure

Year 1

Chemistry, Fundamentals of Health Science and Human Nutrition, Introduction to Health Promotion, Mathematics for Sport and Health, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Human Physiology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Information Technology for Scientists, Health and Wellness.

Year 2

Health Policy, Nutritional Assessment, Human Pathophysiology, Human Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Human Psychology, Health Promotion, Statistics for Sport and Health Science, Food Science, Marketing and Applied Entrepreneurship and Microbiology.

Year 3

Epidemiology in Public Health and Nutrition, Public Health and Community Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health, Nutrition through the Life Cycle, Health Psychology and Sociology, Health and Nutrition Research Methods, Professional Work Experience Placement.

Year 4

Health Promotion and Population Health, Public Health and Nutrition Education, Research Project, Biotechnology for Nutrition and Health, Microbiology for Nutrition and Health, Ecological Issues in Food and Health, Nutritional Biochemistry in Health and Disease, Biostatistics in Human Health, Nutrition in Health and Disease.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Employment opportunities include: health sector, health promotion, research, food industry and food regulatory affairs, health science journalism and nutrition adviser.

Work Placement

Students will complete a 15 week placement in health promotion, health/nutrition research, food industry or nutrition regulatory bodies. It is intended that on completion of their Professional Work Experience placement, students will have a greater understanding of the role of the Health Professional and a greater appreciation of the relevance of technical information presented to them in their degree.

Further Study

As a graduate of this programme, you may progress to study postgraduate opportunities at Master and doctorate levels.

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