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Table 1 Demographic, Training and Occupation Characteristics of HN/HND Graduates

From: Stakeholders’ perceptions of the nutrition and dietetics needs and the requisite professional competencies in Uganda: a cross-sectional mixed methods study

Characteristic N Category n(%)
Gender 132 Female 85 (64.4)
Male 47 (35.6)
Age categories 132 20–24 12 (9.1)
25–29 75 (56.8)
30–34 31 (23.5)
35–39 11 (8.3)
40 and above 3 (2.3)
Institution attended 132 Kyambogo University 112 (84.8)
Makerere University 20 (15.2)
Year of study completion 132 2013–2016 81 (61.4)
2009–2012 36 (27.3)
2005–2008 15 (11.4)
Post-graduate training 132 None 73 (55.3)
Master’s Degree 31 (23.5)
Post-Graduate Diploma/Certificate 26 (19.7)
Doctorate 2 (1.5)
Category of the place of the first internship 127 Regional referral hospital 54 (42.5)
National referral hospital 26 (20.5)
District hospital 16 (12.6)
Non-Government non-profit hospital 11 (8.7)
Other Government hospital 4 (3.1)
Private for-profit hospital 4 (3.1)
Health Center IV* 3 (2.4)
Health Center III** 3 (2.4)
Non-Government organization 3 (2.4)
Research-based institution 2 (1.6)
Donor project 1 (0.8)
Region where the first internship was undertaken 127 Central 70 (55.1)
Western 24 (18.9)
Eastern 18 (14.2)
Northern 15 (11.8)
Category of the second place of internship 106 Non-Government organization 32 (30.2)
Regional referral hospital 17 (16.0)
District hospital 11 (10.4)
Donor project 10 (9.4)
Non-Government non-profit hospital 7 (6.6)
Health Center IV* 6 (5.7)
Government Ministry Department/Agency 6 (5.7)
Private for-profit hospital 6 (5.7)
National referral hospital 5 (4.7)
Research-based institution 5 (4.7)
Other Government hospital 1 (0.9)
Region where the second internship was undertaken 105 Central 63 (60.0)
Western 21 (20.0)
Northern 12 (11.4)
Eastern 9 (8.6)
Category of current place of employment 115 NGO 70 (60.9)
Health Facility 14 (12.2)
District Local Government 8 (7.0)
Academia 7 (6.1)
Donor Agency/United Nations 6 (5.2)
Government MDAs 6 (5.2)
Industry 4 (3.5)
Region of current employment 115 Northern 40 (34.8)
Central 39 (33.9)
Western 18 (15.7)
Outside Uganda 11 (9.6)
Eastern 7 (6.1)
  1. HN/HND Human Nutrition/Human Nutrition and Dietetics, MDAs Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.
  2. * Health Centre IV: A level IV primary care facility in Uganda is one immediately below a district hospital; targets 100,000 people; acts as a referral facility for lower primary care facilities under its jurisdiction; has provisions for in-patient and laboratory services, and an operating theatre. It is usually staffed by qualified clinical officers, nurses, nurse aides, and doctors [40]. ** Health Centre III: In Uganda, a Health Centre III is a mid-level primary care facility; has provisions for basic laboratory services, maternity care, and inpatient care (often for onward referral); and is usually staffed by nurse aides, qualified nurses, and clinical officers [40]