Online courses in nutrition can help dietitians and nutritionists advance in their fields

Online courses in nutrition can help dietitians and nutritionists advance in their fields.
Online courses in nutrition can help dietitians and nutritionists advance in their fields.

The demand for online nutrition courses is high, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. These classes review general education science requirements and the topics that professionals may need familiarity with, whether in the nursing, dietetics or allied health fields.

The research notes that very little difference can be found between web- and campus-based courses in nutrition. Dr. Nancy Cohen of the University of Massachusetts remarked that students gain equal knowledge in both types of classes. Moreover, such web-based learning has key "advantages, such as overcoming time and distance barriers, capacity to share resources among colleges and universities to wide audiences, and the ability to use innovative multimedia and virtual instruction methods."

She noted, however, that the creators of such courses may need to take the potential effects of student isolation and de-individualized instruction into account. Similar research is continually helping educators update the effectiveness and delivery of distance coursework to further enhance student learning.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to increase by 9 percent over the next seven years. Individuals with specialized training through advanced degrees will have the best prospects for employment.

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