- Dietetics is the integration of the art and science to the application of food and nutrition to health. Dietitians are consultants and practitioners who assess, maintain and improve the health status of individuals and the public they serve. They are responsible for the management of the sick and for the promotion of health.
As a key member of the multidisciplinary medical team, the clinical dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy and implement specific diet strategies for chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Dietitians also act as a consultant to other medical professionals.
- Degree courses are only tenable overseas from an accredited university by the Dietetics Association of the country. Depending on the country you obtain the degree leading the training as dietitian, you may be required to take a registration exam.
To be a practising dietitian, you must obtain one of the following:
1) Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics - 3-4 years
2) Degree in Nutrition -3 years + Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics
3) Degree in Science, majoring in Physiology and Biochemistry + Masters Degree in Dietetics - 2 years
In addition, at least 6 months of clinical internship must be completed
There are currently no academic and professional courses for the training of dietitians in Singapore. All practising dietitians have been trained overseas, mainly in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and West Malaysia. The training takes 3 to 5 years, including 6 to 12 months of clinical internship. Some local science graduates have obtained Masters' degree (2 years study) in Nutrition and Dietetics from Australian Universities.For more information, you may wish to refer to the websites of the various dietetic associations below, or some of the universities for their courses.
Country University / Organisations Website Australia Dietitians Association of Australia University of Sydney http://www.usyd.edu.au Curtin University, Western Australia http://www.curtin.edu.au Deakin University http://www.deakin.edu.au Flinders University http://www.flinders.edu.au Monash University http://www.monash.edu.au/ Canada Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca/ http://www.dietitians.ca/career/i4_3.htm New Zealand University of Otago http://www.otago.ac.nz UK British Dietetics Association http://www.bda.uk.com King's College London http://www.kcl.ac.uk London Metropolitan University http://www.londonmet.ac.uk Leeds Beckett University http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk University of Surrey http://www.surrey.ac.uk Glasgow Caledonian University http://www.gcal.ac.uk/ Queen Margaret University College http://www.qmuc.ac.uk/ The Robert Gordon University http://www.rgu.ac.uk/ Coventry University http://www.coventry.ac.uk/ University College Chester http://www.chester.ac.uk/ University of Nottingham http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ University of Wales Institute http://www.uwic.ac.uk/ The University Of Ulster http://www.ulst.ac.uk/ USA American Dietetic Association http://www.eatright.org Coordinated programs list http://www.eatright.org/Member/7782_13283.cfm" Didactic programs list http://www.eatright.org/Member/7782_13284.cfm" Dietetic internship list http://www.eatright.org/Member/7782_13285.cfm"
There are various full-time nutrition-related diplomas offered by various polytechnics in Singapore. Nutritionists are usually nutrition degree or above from the main stream. Thus to be a qualified nutritionist recognised by SNDA, you will need to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course majoring in Nutrition subjects. Most of the above mentioned universities also offer such courses.
- No. You may wish to contact relevant organisations/institutions/ government ministries that offer such scholarships during the annual exercise for scholarship applications.
- You may wish to contact the hospital dietetic department or nutritionists/dietitians in private practice directly to request for a speaker and information on the fees.
- Please refer to our "Accreditated Dietitian" & "Accreditated Nutritionist" list. You can then use our website's search field (top right hand corner) to find out which organisation the selected dietitian / nutritionist is working for.
- Our association does not offer direct counseling services. However if you would like to contact a specific dietitian/ nutritionist, you may search for his/her contact details by name under " Search Personnel" (http://snda.org.sg).
- At present, there are no statutory regulations governing the practice of nutrition and dietetics in Singapore. Nutritionists and dietitians who are members of SNDA have to abide to our constitution, which you may find at this website (http://www.snda.org.sg).
Please note that SNDA has a sub-committee on the registration of professionals. Brief information about the sub-committee is posted at this website (http://www.snda.org.sg).
Applicants are required to complete the online membership registration form and send it together with the supporting documents and registration fee to SNDA. Please refer to our "Registration" section for more details.
We have a sub-committee who will review the qualifications of applicants before approving their membership applications. The approval process takes 3 months. Only upon notification of approval can they regard themselves as a SNDA member.
- At present, no registration / licensure is needed for one to practice dietetics in Singapore. However, to work in a hospital or clinical institution, a dietitian is required to show documentation of her qualification before employment.