Public Health Nutrition
The mission of the Office of Public Health Nutrition is to promote healthy lifestyles for all of South Carolina’s citizens. The Office accomplishes its mission by:
- Providing leadership in nutrition and health,
- Serving as a channel for nutrition communication and information exchange,
- Building capacity for public health nutrition through education, training, consulting, and resource development,
- Recruiting, mentoring, developing, and retaining qualified public health nutrition professionals, and
- Setting nutrition standards and evaluating outcomes.
Public health nutrition offers many rewarding and challenging career opportunities for registered dietitians, nutritionists, and family and consumer scientists in areas such as:
- Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Home Health Services
- Maternal and Child Health
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Women, Infants, and Children’s Program
- Certification and Licensing
- Enhanced Primary Care Services
- Breast Feeding Promotion and Support
Public health nutritionists provide services as an integral part of the health care team in clinic and home settings as well as in the community. Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is provided by registered dietitians for clients from infancy through the senior years. MNT is delivered in the clinic or home setting.
Nutrition counseling, education, and breast feeding support are provided by nutritionists and family and consumer scientists through individual and/or group sessions at the local public health clinic.
Community-based registered dietitians encourage healthy eating and healthy lifestyles to promote health. Typical settings for community-based nutritionists include schools, restaurants, physicians' offices and workplaces.