|New Education for Dietitians in Denmark|
in Denmark has yet achieved the new title: Bachelor in Nutrition and Health. But
the three Danish university colleges who offer the new course received the first
students in September 2002. And
from the beginning of 2006 these students can write their new title on their
business cards. A few students who have chosen an interim arrangement might do
so already in 2005.
new course is what the Danes call a semi-long higher education. It replaces the
education of administrative and clinical dietitians.
dietitians had a two-year course based on six months of education in school, one
year gaining practical experience and finally six months in school.
dietitians were administrative dietitians or home economists with one yearís
further education in clinical dietetics.
of the former courses were connected with an academic degree.
education of a Bachelor in Nutrition and Health takes 3Ĺ years and it is
possible to specialize within six different areas. The course consists of 18
months of basic education and two years of specialization. The specialities are:
Human Nutrition, Clinical Dietetics, Catering Management, Facilities Management,
Health Communication and Product Development.
specialities of Catering Management and Clinical Dietetics are based on the
former education of administrative dietitians and clinical dietitians,
respectively. The other specialities are related to the education of home
economists. In this way three educations have been merged into one.
introduction of this new education system has been a rather long process.
the beginning of the 1990ís the Danish Dietetic Association made an education
strategy with the aim of gaining a higher level of education for dietitians.
Most of this strategy is now fulfilled, but it has cost a lot of hard work and
lobbying. The major step was taken when the Ministry of Education adopted a
change in attitude.
current ministers have prioritized the merging of established courses with
overlapping qualifications into fewer courses with more specialities. This
provides a professional community and the opportunity of creating good
environment for the students. Based on this priority, it has been possible to
establish a course leading to the qualification of Bachelorís degree in
Nutrition and Health.
course has proven to be very popular in all three university colleges spread
geographically throughout Denmark.
the title Bachelor in Nutrition and Health and the speciality Catering
Management or Clinical Dietetics, the dietitians in Denmark will have improved
possibilities to take part in quality development of, and research in, the