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Although working and studying in similar fields, Dietitians and Nutritionists have different roles, different training and are regulated by different bodies.

Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food. They advise patients but also assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems.

Nutritionists use their knowledge of the science of food to help individuals and groups make the right choices about what they eat. Their focus is to teach and inform the public and health professionals about diet and nutrition.

Digging deeper into subject interests can help you in a number of ways:

  • Confirm whether this is (or isn't) something you would be interested in enough to want to study it at university either as the focus of your degree or a minor/elective

  • Give you some inspiration to use when creating your questions and topics for IA's (coursework) and your Extended Essay

  • Provide you with content for your university application writing in the future, enabling you to reflect on the things you've been doing to explore your interests in a way that is academically relevant to the course or institution you are applying for.

Useful Resources

Online Course
Coursera is an online platform for distance learning. They have a range of free courses delivered by universities. Search in this section to find courses of interest to you, often these are courses you can follow at your own pace.
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Online Course
The X Series courses on the EdX platform are free online courses delivered by universities and aimed at helping you explore areas of interest.
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Online Course
FutureLearn is a free online platform where universities from around the globe host FREE online courses you can undertake in your areas of interest. Browse courses by categories or use the search bar to find courses relevant to your interests
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BBC Inside heath podcast
Series that demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice.
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Oxford Martin School: Public Lectures and Seminars
Podcast | Recorded Lecture
Public Lectures and Seminars from the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. The Oxford Martin School brings together the best minds from different fields to tackle the most pressing issues of the 21st century.
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Bench to Bedside
An interactive video guide introducing you to different roles within healthcare including both practitioners and research scientists. This resource from King's College London takes you through the case study of one patient to explore how the different roles interact and support that patient.
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NHS: Find your health career
Take the health career quiz, explore the roles within healthcare and find out about the different routes into these professions
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