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Health care in the whole world has changed substantially in the last sixty years. New disciplines have emerged and the role of traditional health disciplines has broadened to keep pace with the changing emphasis from curative to primary health care. Nutrition one of the disciplines has been remarkably grown over the years. Focus has been shifted to role of diet in the cause of chronic diseases and examining the importance of nutrients in maintaining good health. Keeping in view the increasing importance of nutrition in the care of patients, Department of Home and Health Sciences has restructured the M.Sc Community Health and Nutrition Programme into MS Community Health and Nutrition on strong demand from health professionals. This programme offers a research based value added degree to upgrade professional practice of Doctors, Nurses, Nutritionists and Technologists to provide better jobs prospects at home and abroad. MS Community Health and Nutrition program is offered through video conferencing facility for a central control to standardize the quality of the program from Islamabad main campus of university to Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar regions. This can be expanded if a viable group of students is formed in other regions as well. The details are available in the prospectus displayed online on AIOU website.

Programme Coordinator Prof. Dr. Hajra Ahmad

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates have to pass one year Diploma in Nutrition/Dietetics which is the pre-requisite for MS Community Health & Nutrition.
The eligibility will be as follows:
(a) 16 years of schooling or 4 years of education (130 credit hours) in relevant discipline after HSSC/F.Sc/Grade 12 equivalent will be required for admission in MS program.
Professionals with PGD Nutrition/Dietetics holding MBBS, M. Sc. Food and Nutrition (Home Economics), B.Sc. Community Nursing, BS/M.Sc Human Nutrition BDS, B/D-Pharmacy, BS in Physiotherapy, BS/B.Sc (Hons) Food Technology, BS Medical Technology with at least 2nd class are eligible for Admission in MS Community Health and Nutrition program.
Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Nutrition for Physicians OR Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics for Dieticians is the pre-requisite to this program. Candidates holding MBBS and BDS degree are initially enrolled in PGD Nutrition while candidates with remaining qualification mentioned above are enrolled in PGD Dietetics.
The two diplomas lead to MS Community Health and Nutrition.
The candidate will have to complete 36 credit hours, out of which 24 credit hours will be for course work, which will lead to the award of MS degree.

Selection Process

Selection of the candidates will be made strictly on the basis of merit/criteria laid down by the Department/ University.


Maximum 5 Years

Medium of Instruction


Teaching Methodology

Face to Face Classes.

AIOU Credits Required

36 Credit Hours

1. Elective-i-
2. Elective-ii-
3. Modern Nutrition in Health & Disease- I-1781
4. Biostatistics-1788


1. Elective-i-
2. Elective-ii-
3. Modern Nutrition in Health & Disease-ii-1782
4. Research Methods-7765

1. Thesis-

1. Thesis-

Elective / Major Courses:

1. Dietetics Practice-1776
2. Computer Applications in Food & Nutrition-1779
3. Community Nutrition-7761
4. Research Techniques in Health and Nutrition-1787
5. Food Analysis-i-1783
6. Food Analysis-ii-1784
7. Food Theory and Its Application-7762
8. Food Microbiology-7763
9. Food Biotechnology-7764



One Week Workshop per 3 Credit Hours




Lab based practicals are compulsory




The Course was developed in collaboration with Kings College London. Teaching faculty includes both at campus as regular faculty and renowned scholars from other research organizations such as Pakistan Medical and Research Council, National Agricultural and Research Council, National Institute of Health, Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research etc.


The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.