Human Nutrition :: Community Interaction
The mission of Stellenbosch University is "to create and sustain, in commitment to the academic ideal of excellent scholarly and scientific practice, an environment within which knowledge can be discovered, can be shared, and can be applied to the benefit of the community". To reach the goals set by this mission statement, but also due to the very nature of the dietetic profession, Human Nutrition has been involved in community outreach and service since 1992 and in community-based teaching and learning since 1994.
Dietitians from Human Nutrition are involved in service delivery on a day-to-day basis in the fields of therapeutic nutrition, community nutrition and food service management, in both the public and private sector.
Students provide a service through their participation in learning activities. Dietetic students enrolled in the course participate in all the therapeutic, community nutrition and food service management functions under constant expert supervision.
Service learning during the final year internship is in the form of rotations in which smaller groups of students work together or individually, in a specific area of expertise, under the supervision of a Dietitian or equivalent professional.
Students consult patients at Tygerberg Hospital and selected day hospitals and clinics. They are involved in community projects and visit community centers, schools, old age homes and crèches as part of the various assignments and projects. During their internship in Food Service Management, they work in various food service units of assigned private hospitals involved in student training.
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