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Dietitians are highly qualified and regulated health practitioners who use the most up-to-date public health and scientific evidence on food, health and disease which is translated into practical strategies to assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level, to support optimal health and well-being.

Dietitians use their knowledge and scientific principles and methods in nutrition and dietetics, skill and judgment in a variety of contexts, which includes promoting and protecting public health, directing and delivering medical nutrition therapy services, and managing food and health systems. The scope of dietetic practice is such that dietitians may perform a variety of functions, including policy development, leadership, management, research, academia, healthcare, industry, sports & exercise, government, and communication roles.

Dietitians empower their patients, clients, and communities to embrace food, to understand it, and to enjoy it, and make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. The advice and information they provide is tailored to their clients and patients’ personal needs and challenges, including taste and accessibility. They translate the science of nutrition into terms everyone can understand to support healthy living for all.

In Ghana dietitians are everywhere. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals in clinical practice, undertake scientific research, teach in academic institutions, drive innovation in the food industry, inform public policy, in sport and the media, or work with patients and communities across the country.

Dietitians are nutrition professionals regulated by law and have an ethical code of conduct. This means that patients/clients are protected and can be assured that they get the latest credible evidence-based information.

Dietitians work with both healthy and sick people, uniquely, they use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

If you are interested in food, people, health and nutrition, then you are welcome to the most impacting health professional. Working as a dietitian is fulfilling, multi-skilled, and secure.
To qualify as a dietitian and be eligible to join GAND you are required to complete a university-level dietetics program accredited by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and meets the standards of the professional body – GAND.

The AHPC is responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate bachelor and post-graduate dietetic programs in Ghana. The accreditation process is robust and provides assurance to the public, students, and the professional of the high s tandard of the profession. Successful completion of the accredited dietetic program provides eligibility to apply for registration with the AHPC.

Visit AHCP website : Allied Health Professions Council

There are two types of program routes to qualify as a dietitian:
1. Full-time four year undergraduate BSc (Hons) programme.
2. Full-time two years postgraduate program leading to Masters (MSc or MPhil) qualification in dietetics.

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