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What course do I need to do to become a nutritionist in India?


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Health these days is an essential part of life. It is an integral part of life. Without good health, we cannot work efficiently. It is also said that a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. Therefore it becomes inevitable to understand the importance of health. Educating people on health and making them aware of healthy lifestyles and its benefits is a must. People these days have become very conscious about their health. They want to eat healthy and stay fit. Therefore, people, these days are consulting nutritionists who can guide them on what to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. They provide meal plans for their clients, suggest to them what to eat and explain the benefits of adding such items in their food. They understand the dietary habits of the patients and recommend them with a customised plan solely for them which will help them in adopting healthy eating habits. They also keep a check on their patients by doing a follow-up and preparing reports of their progress.
These days the career opportunities for becoming a nutritionist are quite broad. Nutritionists are becoming quite popular in India, and pursuing it as one of the options can be a good idea. The salary and benefits enjoyed by the nutritionist are also acceptable. One can consider this as an option if he or she has an interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So, if you are planning to become a certified nutritionist in India, you will have to opt for such courses and require a unique set of skills.

Course for becoming a nutritionist in India

The courses in nutrition are available at the undergraduate, diploma and postgraduate level. Various institutes are offering courses in PG Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, B.Sc (Food Science and Nutrition) and M.Sc (Nutrition). Seeking admission in such colleges requires a good merit record. In many institutes, entrance tests are also conducted.
The first requirement for opting nutritionist as a career, one needs to have science with physics, chemistry and biology at the intermediate level. After that, one can enrol in a bachelor's degree in nutrition which is a 3-year programme. BSc ( food, science and nutrition) is the elementary course for becoming a nutritionist. Then one can go further and do MSc in food and nutrition, which is a two-year programme to discuss in detail about food and nutrition. One can also opt for a one year PG diploma course in nutrition and dietetics.

To become a certified nutritionist in India, one must have these degrees-

1. B.Sc. Home Science in Foods & Nutrition (Day Scholar.)
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics OR M.Sc. in Foods & Nutrition (only)
3. Six months of continuous internship (or 3+3 months) from recognised hospitals listed on the IDA website OR 2 years' experience in a multispecialty hospital as a full-time dietitian.

Apart from this it also requires a particular set of skills like good communication skills, an aptitude for food and nutrition, can work effectively in teams, has organisational skills and abilities and a thorough knowledge of the people from diverse backgrounds.
Nutritionists have a good reputation in society, and so they earn a handsome salary depending upon their degrees and experience.

Online courses

These days various short term courses are also available that can be done from the comfort of your home quickly with less amount. Even if you have done a proper course in nutrition, you can still go for these courses as they provide hands-on experience and also provide a certificate which will help in future to secure better opportunities. Some popular health nutrition certificate courses offered online are Precision Nutrition – Nutrition Certification.

New Skills Academy – Intro to Sports Nutrition Certification.
Stanford Center for Health Education.
Nutrition & Diet Planning – Udemy.
Diet and Nutrition Coach Certification – Beginner to Advanced – Udemy.


To become a certified nutritionist in India, one has to fulfil the above-mentioned requirements. The courses available in India in the field of nutrition have been mentioned above. It will help you in deciding whether you are eligible to apply for such classes and what all will be covered in the course and what level of certification you want. Hope you find this helpful enough.