Government to introduce post graduate course for Medical Nutrition this year

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Health Ministry in Collaboration with the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM) is in the process of introducing a post graduate course in Medical Nutrition.

 Director PGIM, Prof. Janaka de Silva yesterday said that the course was scheduled to commence this year.

 The PGIM was currently conducting an MSc programme in Nutrition, he said.

 Convenor Curriculum Development for the Course, and Consultant Medical Nutritionist, Dr Renuka Jayatissa said with the MSc course the Health Ministry had been able to open 20 nutrition clinics at state-run hospitals.

 It had taken three years to develop the normal master’s course in nutrition, Dr. Jayatissa said. At present the third batch was following the master’s degree course at the PGIM. However, those who followed the post-graduate degree would need at least one year field experience to follow the MD in nutrition. They would qualify as Consultant Nutrition Physicians (CNPs), she said.

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