COMMUNITY NUTRITION
Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program

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The Master of Science program has been reorganized, the content of courses has been altered and courses have been introduced with new codes as part of the Bologna accreditation process. Novel applications which meet the program requirements will provide a different perspective to our students. These applications have been carried out with inputs from partners and students as well as with considering the basic field requirements. Hacettepe University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is the first occupational training institution at university level in Turkey. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics started to serve as a program called “Dietetics” under Health Sciences School firstly in 1962, in order to give education and do research in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics. There are four major fields of study in Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences, Division of Nutrition and Dietetics which are; Nutritional Sciences (1994), Dietetics (1994), Institutional Food Service Systems (1994) and Community Nutrition (2001). A Master of Science program of the “Community Nutrition” Department was opened in 2013, and the relevant courses were given in the departments of the Department of Nutrition Sciences before the program opened. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics joined to “Faculty of Health Sciences” in 2007 with the decision published in the Official Gazette No. 26551. The postgraduate programs in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics are given "Nutrition Sciences", "Dietetics", "Food Service System" and "Community Nutrition" as 4 separate programs within the "Institute of Health Sciences", which was created with the Decree Law No. 41 on July 20, 1982, after the Higher Education Law No. 2547 came into force. As in many professions all over the world, branching has gained importance in dietetics. There is a separate science specialist program that trains “Community Health Nutritionists” in many universities around the world. Dietitians who received their Master of Science degree can work in three main fields as described by ICDA (International Confederation of Dietetic Associations) and EFAD (European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians), which are Manager Dietitian, Clinical Dietitian and Community Health/Public Health Dietitian. Laboratories, technical and technological equipment that was set to provide this high quality in these postgraduate programs that provide specialty training is very high level compared to other universities in Turkey. There are “Principles of Nutrition", "Food Chemistry", "Microbiology", "Anthropometry", "Organic Material", "Orhan Köksal Research" and "Computer" Laboratories and "Nutrition Education Unit" in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department.

D.2 Qualification Awarded

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Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification

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QF-EHEA: 2
EQF-LLL: 7

D.4. Provisions for Registration

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Having a degree as a dietitian, doctor, pharmacist, nurse, chemist, food engineer, and biologist or having been approved by the Academic Board of the Department. (For those who enroll without a Nutrition and Dietetics Bachelors Degree, two semesters of scientific preparation are mandatory.)

Providing an ALES (SAY / EA) base score and Foreign Language base score (ALES-Foreign Language Score Table) determined by the Health Sciences Institute Board and approved by Hacettepe University Senate. http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/en/menu/ales_foreign_language_scores-252

To meet the application requirements of Hacettepe University Higher Degree Education and Examination Guide and Institute of Health Sciences.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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The training program of Master of Science degree is arranged by the supervisor depending on the teaching program of supervisor or the situation of students. It is essential to take mandatory courses primarily. Students who are entitled to enter the program should complete courses with minimum 21 credits (60 ECTS) in addition to thesis (60 ECTS) in their own field. Advanced Nutrition 1 (BES 603), Advanced Nutrition 2 (BES 604), and Research Methods, Research and Publication Ethics in the Nutritional Science (BES 605) are mandatory courses for all program students (Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, Institutional Food Service Systems, Community Nutrition master's degree programs). For graduation, it is required to enroll to at least 21 credit worth of courses (60 ECTS equivalent) from the graduate programs and successfully complete all of them, in addition to the courses a thesis project (60 ECTS) in the field and obtaining a grade point average of at least 65 out of 100 are required. Students, who have completed the course term, submit their thesis proposal in the related field and, if accepted, begin their thesis studies. At least 120 ECTS in total must be completed in the master's program, courses and thesis credits combined. Students who successfully defend their thesis in front of a predetermined jury in the field related to the thesis subject, are given a “graduate diploma in the program in which they are registered”. Examinations, evaluations, and marking are regulated according to the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences, Higher Degree Education and Examination Guide. The detailed quantification and evaluation procedures are described in “Course Description” section. There is a scientific preparation for 2 periods for students that qualify the program and are from other departments besides Nutrition and Dietetics. After completing the scientific preparation, the program continues the same.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning

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Nutritional Sciences, Institutional Food Service Management and Community Nutrition programs accepts students who graduated from Bachelor of Science degree from different backgrounds whereas Dietetics program accepts students if only they have a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.The recognition of prior formal education in Turkish Higher Education institutions are carried out within the context of “regulation on transition between associate degree and graduate programs, double major, sub-branch and credit transfer between institutions” determined by the Council of Higher Education.

D.7. Goals and Objectives

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Program aims to increase the scientific knowledge of dietitians who works on policy development for improving nutritional status and on promoting public health, in order to improve or promote health and nutritional status of individuals or groups and to reduce the risk of nutritional diseases.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

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Master of Science degree graduates who have Bachelor of Science degree as a dietitian can work as researchers, educators, and rehabilitators in institutions at care centers for children and elderly, private diet clinics and also they can work as academicians. Moreover, the graduates can work as managers, researchers, and educators in other institutional food services, private or public institutions related to food and nutrition.

D.13. Access to Further Studies

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QF-EHEA: 3
EQF-LLL: 8

D.14. Profile of the Programme

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There are four different programs in Nutrition and Dietetics which are "Nutritional Sciences", "Dietetics", "Institutional Food Service Management" and "Community Nutrition". In addition to the obligatory courses, students can choose different courses in line with the guidance of their advisors from different programs in Institution of Health Sciences in addition to courses in the case of lecturers' approval. There are also some obligatory courses that the student must take in the graduate programs. The ECTS credits of the courses in Master of Science degree add up to 102 in Nutritional Sciences, 132 in Dietetics, 80 in Institutional Food Service Management and 130 in Community Nutrition. In all programs, the ECTS credit of obligatory courses is 16 in total, the seminar of the relevant department (4 ECTS), 6 ECTS of Advanced Nutrition I-II each. Since various courses can be taken from other programs in addition to the courses in the program, the number of elective courses and the percentage in the overall total may increase. Elective courses can be taken in every semester from the first year whereas obligatory courses should be taken on the semester that the course is available. It is compulsory to complete a research thesis (60 ECTS) after the completion of minimum 60 ECTS credits during the course period. There is a two-semester scientific preparation for students who are entitled to enter the program and come from outside the Nutrition and Dietetics Departments of universities. After completion of the scientific preparation, the program continues in the same way.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

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Examinations and evaluations are regulated as shown in the course description of each course according to rules and related regulations of Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences. http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/kanun_ve_yonetmelikler-219


D.16. Graduation Requirements

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It is essential to take mandatory master?s degree courses primarily for graduation. Advanced Nutrition 1 (BES 603), Advanced Nutrition 2 (BES 604), and Research Methods, Research and Publication Ethics in the Nutritional Science (BES 605) are mandatory courses for all program students (Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, Institutional Food Service Systems, Community Nutrition master?s degree programs).  For graduation, it is required to enroll to at least 21 credit worth of courses (60 ECTS equivalent) from the graduate programs and successfully complete all of them, in addition to the courses a thesis project (60 ECTS) in the field and obtaining a grade point average of at least 65 out of 100 are required.  Students, who have completed the course term, submit their thesis proposal in the related field and, if accepted, begin their thesis studies. At least 120 ECTS in total must be completed in the master's program, courses and thesis credits combined. Students who successfully defend their thesis in front of a predetermined jury in the field related to the thesis subject, are given a ?graduate diploma in the program in which they are registered?. Examinations, evaluations, and marking are regulated according to the Hacettepe University Institute of Health Sciences, Higher Degree Education and Examination Guide. The detailed quantification and evaluation procedures are described in ?Course Description? section. http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/kanun_ve_yonetmelikler-219


D.17. Education Type

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1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director

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Head of the Department:

Prof. Dr. Neslişah RAKICIOĞLU


Address:

Hacettepe University Faculty of Health Sciences

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

06100 Sıhhiye/Ankara


Phone: +90 (312) 305 10 94 - 305 10 96 - 311 96 49 - 309 13 10

Fax: + 90 312 309 13 10

e-mail: nutrdiet@hacettepe.edu.tr

web: www.bdb.hacettepe.edu.tr