DUT Biological Engineering OPTION Dietetics

The DUT Biological Engineering, option Dietetics, is a vocational health diploma that trains students to become dieticians (as defined by the Public Health Code). This professional degree is designed to train technicians to be immediately operational in the professional world, in all areas of human health: health care facilities, social agencies, medical centers, catering industries, dietary product laboratories, medical service providers, the food processing industry or research centers, both in the private or public sector.
  • Objectives

The DUT Biological Engineering, option Dietetics, is designed to train dietetics technicians in four semesters, S1 and S2 in the first year (960 hours) and S3 and S4 in the second year (840 hours). Recruitment in the first year is by application (school grades, application letters). The course provides diet technicians with technical skills to make them immediately operational in the professional world with the fundamental knowledge to understand, to develop new projects and to contribute to their future company’s progress. The most suitable candidates admitted usually have an S, STL or STAE Higher Leaving Certificate. Direct admission into second year is possible after validation of prior courses by a selection panel. Candidates with professional experience validated as part of their VAE (validation of professional experience) can also be accepted. Candidates can also be admitted as part of their continuing adult education programme.

The lessons are divided into modules, grouped into units of teaching, and class attendance is compulsory. After the two years of the course, the graduate student will be able to demonstrate skills directly applicable in the professional field regardless of the sector. He or she will possess qualities of initiative, autonomy, rigour and also have the ability to adapt to changing technologies.

The vocational and directly operational aspects of the DUT are based on knowledge of companies, tutoring, the creation of each student's Personal Professional Project (PPP) and a professional work placement (four to five weeks) between the first and the second year, plus two work placements (total duration fifteen weeks) in hospitals during the second year of the course. Simulated job interviews prepare students for their first position.

  • List of subjects

The program for the first year (S1 and S2) includes 192 hours of lectures, 330 hours of tutorials and 438 hours of practical work. It contains the following subjects: applied mathematics, general physics and applied tools, general chemistry, organic and analytical chemistry, biology and animal physiology, plant biology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, statistics, expression and communication, English, and the Personal Professional Project (PPP).

In S2, the lessons are more specific to the dietetics option. For example: digestive physiology, food safety, collective catering.

In the second year (S3 and S4), there are 168 hours of lectures, 304 hours of tutorials and 368 hours of practical work. The program for this second year covers the following subjects: biochemistry, human physiology (metabolism regulation, body weight regulation and digestive physiology), nutritional recommendations for a healthy population, food sciences, industrial food engineering, cooking from theory to practice, general pathologies, nutrition and pathologies (in children and adults), therapeutic diets, prevention and therapy, addictions, food safety and quality, organization of community catering, health economics and patients’ rights, psycho-sociology, the dietetics work environment, computing tools and statistics, expression and communication, English, PPP, tutored project.