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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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PERTUZ CRUZ, Sonia Liliana. The training of dieticians in the Universidad Nacional de Colombia within a context of curriculum reform in 2008: background, projections and curriculum challenges. [online]. 2012, vol.60, suppl.1, pp.75-86. ISSN 0120-0011.

Human eating habits and nutrition are indispensable for the development of all life processes and thus for guaranteeing an optimum state of health. Academic programmes have been structured (given the importance of knowledge regarding these aspects in the 20th century) which have been orientated towards training dieticians; the Universidad Nacional de Colombia has been training professional dieticians since 1965. Three study plans have been designed since then regarding advances made in the discipline, historical contexts and the need for professional training in Colombia. The current study plan (arising from curriculum reform in 2008) offers students the chance to become trained in the profession by constructing their own development trajectory and encourages direct crossover between levels of undergraduate and postgraduate training. The proposed changes are aimed at responding to the demands made on nutrition as a science and the requirements of all-round professionals having a holistic vision who are able to contribute alternative solutions to the problems inherent in food and nutrition. This article proposes an analysis of dieticians' formation in the light of curriculum modification and the challenges which this produces for actors in the programme and for the particular curriculum area.

Keywords : nutritionist; education; education; medical; undergraduate.

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