September 23


Dietitian career: How to become a Nutrigenomics Dietitian

By heheals

September 23, 2020

The future of nutrition is in genomics. Do you want to know how you can become a nutrigenomics RD? In this video, I explain how

Interested in Nutrigenomics & Personalized nutrition? read more on our introductory webinar here:

In my previous video I discussed what the emerging field of nutritional genomics (NGx) is and how this may impact on how we provide nutritional recommendations in the future. And whilst it is not mainstream yet, there are already RD and nutritionists who have integrated NGx into their practice, myself included as one of them. The title is certainly not defined yet. Some have integrated it as part of functional approach, I on the other hand have gone more the industry consulting route so I would not call myself a functional dietitian, but you know for the purpose of this video, I will call it a NGx RD.

So how do you become a NGx RD?, well I only know as a RD so that is what I will cover, You need to be a registered dietitian. Although you don´t need to have decades of experience, I would recommend that you have some clinical or practical experiences working with clients or patients because you will use test results as a tool to develop a personalized nutrition plan. There is a misconception that it is a all-or nothing and this is just not the case.
So I have been in clinical practice for 7 years as a gastroenterology and nutrition support RD and I have been in private practice for over 10 years so it is a good basis to have.

There are different courses you can take to build your knowledge in genetics and genomics.

Firstly undergrad courses: are in some countries available like South- Africa, the US and the UK, however because of increasing consumer demand and the movement towards personalized health or precision medicine more universities are looking into providing compulsory courses. From experience though, I do feel that these courses need to be offered by RD´s who have been in practice, because ultimately they understand the demographic of who is interested in these tests and the kind of questions they have. The field itself can be quite daunting, but as a practitioner you can separate the have to know from the nice to know in terms of the real clinical setting.

Postgrad courses are available also as masters courses
Tufts university
University California
Stellenbosch university

Short courses: NuGO, ISNN,

Online courses: Australia,

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Other resources
Dietitians in integrative and functional medicine

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