What is the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist? Nutrition is the science that deals with the study of foods and nutrients, and their effect on an individual. On the other hand, Dietetics is the practical application of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease.
Graduates of IMU’s Dietetics with Nutrition Degree programme will be able to work as dietitians in the government and private sectors, providing healthcare services, food service management, and counselling in disease management and prevention.
This 4-year programme provides an advantage for employment as students are exposed to a variety of work placements such as food service, clinical dietetics and community dietetics.
The BSc(Hons) Dietetics with Nutrition programme in IMU has beenawarded the International Accreditation for Education Programs for Dietitian-Nutritionists conferred by the International Confederation of Dietetics Association (ICDA). This ICDA award is a recognition that the IMU dietetics with nutrition curriculum has met the standards to produce competent dietitians upon graduation. The award will also enhance the international reputation of the programme in member countries of ICDA. We are the first university in the world to receive this inaugural award by ICDA.
Kar Foo has always been interested in health-related careers since secondary school and was keen to help those around him to improve their health.
Leonard Yap has transformed from being an obese child to trying to lose weight. He is currently a freelance dietitian who is spreading the knowledge on nutrition and how food can prevent diseases.
Hoh Hui Shan (better known as Shan) has always been active in extra-curricular activities when she was young. She was also a state swimmer for 6 years. Even now, she is still actively participating in races – swimming, running, aquathlon, and triathlon relays.
Nutrition and Dietetics changed Georgen Thye’s life, helping him lose 30kg and keeping it off. He had also witnessed countless patients suffering from chronic diseases mostly caused by an unhealthy lifestyle in the first four years of his career working in a hospital as a clinical dietitian.
Monisha Mohanan Nair found her interest in dietetics during her school days when she came across the word Dietitian. This has prompted her to research further about the profession as well as universities in Malaysia that were offering this programme.
Definitely, practicum year has helped us to build up our interpersonal skills and prepared us well for the working life. Being placed at different settings such as hospital, Klinik Kesihatan and in the community has gained me an insight in Malaysia’s healthcare settings. Reading through medical notes and understanding the subjects’ conditions are required in my current job as the subject’s safety during their participation in the study is our main priority. Placement in a hospital setting has given us this opportunity to practice reading medical notes.
IMU‘s learning experience was a memorable one as it has taught me to be confident yet flexible when I’m faced with uncertainties, and to have the guts in trying out new things without fear.
IMU helped me by really providing me the platform to see the world. As mentioned earlier, I felt the best part of the entire programme was really the attachments in different places. However, research has also given me a new paradigm on the way I do things now. I’m much more analytical that I used to be, questioning everything and looking for evidences to support a hypothesis. I apply that approach in almost everything I do now, including my cooking, which has certainly made me a better chef, a better dietitian and definitely a better person.
BSc (Dietetics), MSc (Nutrition), PhD (Nutrition) (UKM)
Doctor of Philosophy in Community Nutrition 2014 (USM), Bachelor of Health Science (Dietetics) 2009 (USM)
B Sc Dietetics (Hons), M Sc Nutrition
Doctor of Philosophy 2016 (The University of Newcastle Australia), BSc (Dietetic) (UKM), Master of Med Sc (Human Nutrition) (Sheffield University)
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Bachelor of Science
July & September
Bachelor of Science
4 – 5 Years*
July & September
RM174,968 – RM359,865 (Malaysian)**
RM182,368 – RM367,265 (International)**
*The average total study duration may vary with each partner university.
**All overseas fees listed are estimates. This is subject to annual increase by Partner University and fluctuation of currency exchange rate.