Opportunities for training for nutritional professionals in nutritional genomics: What is out there?

Jorja Collins, Melissa M. Adamski, Cliona Twohig, Chiara Murgia
2017 Nutrition & Dietetics  
Aim: To identify and profile training courses available to dietitians and nutritionists in the area of nutritional genomics. Genetic technology is progressing quickly leading to increased public interest and requests from the public for personalised nutrition advice based on genetic background. Tertiary courses often lack specific curriculum in nutritional genomics preventing graduates from discussing confidently with their clients the relationships between genetics, nutrition and health. This
more » ... as increased the demand for professional development in this field. Methods: The search strategy was intended to replicate real life practice. Google and snowball searches were conducted using terms related to education and nutritional genomics. Results included online or face to face courses in any country providing content on nutritional genomics. One-off courses and those no longer accessible were excluded. A descriptive analysis of characteristics of courses was undertaken, reporting on: mode of delivery, cost, duration, content, qualification awarded, target audience and affiliations. Results: 37 courses varying in duration, content and cost were identified: 4 post-graduate university degrees, 5 university course units, 4 recurring face to face workshops, 15 online short courses, 8 pre-recorded presentations and 1 service offering regular live webinars. Affiliations with food and pharmaceutical industry (e.g. genetic testing companies), professional organisations and research/education institutes were observed.
doi:10.1111/1747-0080.12398 pmid:29250906 fatcat:w7mkbpntinf7nihmdbhqxfwwdu