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Students receive scholarship with IT Sligo’s MSc in Public Health Nutrition

IT Sligo has announced that international students will be entitled to a 10-15% scholarship when they enrol in the institution’s latest postgraduate course offering for the September 2020 intake. Senior Vice President for EduCo in Ireland Jacob Kestner welcomes this development and invites education agents to identify suitable applicants for the postgraduate degree.

IT Sligo’s Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition is a one-year program which offers students the opportunity to hone their skills in the practice of population and public health nutrition with the combination of theory and research.

A combined discipline-specific and research program model

Under the program, students will be required to undertake a research project, lead teams and develop their leadership skills as they advocate for changes that are relevant to public health nutrition issues in Ireland. They also get to contribute to local and national evidence bases while honing their researching and professional practice skills.

The curriculum provides lots of opportunities for students to apply their learning in different settings and may even provide a basis for addressing population and health issues in other countries as well. The MSc in Public Health Nutrition covers the following:

  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition Assessment Methods    
  • Nutrition Research Methodologies    
  • Food and Nutrition Policy
  • Statistical Analysis for Nutritional Research    
  • Public Health Nutrition Interventions    
  • Leadership in Public Health Nutrition    
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Public Health Nutrition Thesis

The program thus provides students with a chance to thrive in their field and play a significant role in addressing nutrition health issues that impact populations in their respective locations.

Career opportunities for graduates

Graduates of the MSc in Public Health Nutrition may look at health promotion, government agencies, community health centres, NGOs (non-government organisations), the food industry and within national nutrition research groups for job openings.

They can take on roles such as food product development scientists, nutritionists, regulatory affairs specialists, nutritional therapists, food labelling specialists, corporate wellness consultants, food safety auditors and public health nutritionists.

Potential workplaces include the following:

  • Public health organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities
  • Training and wellness centres
  • Food manufacturing companies
  • Academic institutions
  • Community centres
  • Health food markets

A nutritionist in Ireland typically receives an annual salary of €53,472 based on salaries compiled by Indeed through job ads and anonymous employee surveys over a 3-year period.

How to get the 10-15% scholarship

Education counsellors can facilitate the student’s application and enable them to avail of the scholarship offer by completing this application form. This program is likely to be popular so an early application is encouraged.

Entry requirements for applicants include a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline. For those whose students do not meet this entry criterion, they may coordinate with their respective EduCo representatives to explore possible options.