KARACHI: Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) has started first ever program in Sindh that will help produce human resource and expertise in the field of nutrition and dietetics, the most neglected public health domain in Pakistan.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) Nutrition degree program has been started by Dow University of Health Sciences at its School of Public Health, Ojha Campus.
An orientation ceremony was organized to brief the participants about the program. Prof Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Vice Chancellor of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Islamabad was the chief guest. Prof Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences, students, parents and the faculty of the School of Public Health were also present on the occasion.
Chief guest Khan said that malnutrition and food insecurity is high on the national agenda in Pakistan and therefore nutrition education is very important for public health and healthcare services in any civilized and developing nation.
In Pakistan, it’s the need of the hour and more resources and manpower must be allocated for education and training of nutrition professionals and expertise to alleviate the high rate of malnutrition in Pakistan and moreover in Sind province.
He congratulated the Prof Masood Hameed who has taken such a landmark step in initiating the first ever degree program in nutritional sciences both at graduate and now at the undergraduate level in the entire of Sindh province.
Prof Masood Hameed Khan said that he was very pleased to see that Dow University has become the center of excellence in Pakistan and the region for education, research and service in the field of public health and now is paving the path to produce nutrition & dietetics professional by starting various degree programs in the nutritional sciences discipline.
He further said that Dow University since its inception was focused on producing public health professionals who shall be critical thinkers equipped with the knowledge, attitude and skills to address the public health problems at policy formulation, program implementation, program monitoring and evaluation with an emphasis on research and development that is useful to the community at large.
Dr Kashif Shafique welcomed the first batch of 26 students of Bachelor of Science (BS). He also apprised the audience about the various other programs that were currently offered at the School of Public Health including MSPH in Nutrition, Social & Behavioral Science, Health Policy and Management, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and PhD in Public Health.
Dr Nilofer Fatimi Safdar said that this is a four year degree program focused primarily on the various aspects of food and nutrition in clinical and public health. This program is based on a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and didactic curriculum that will blend basic sciences with food, nutrition and human health.