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Table 6 HN/HND Graduates' Perceptions of the Knowledge and Skills Required for Health Systems Performance

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

Knowledge & Skills Themes Expected of HN/HND Graduates (N = 132) Gaps Amongst Individual Graduates (N = 120) Inadequately Attained while at University (N = 100) Recommended as Training Minimum (N = 97)
  Respondents n(%)* Respondents n(%)* Respondents n(%)* Respondents n(%)*
Integrated management of acute malnutrition 100(75.8) 38(31.7) 13(13) 40(41.2)
Communication, education, and counselling 82(62.1) 22(18.3) 13(13) 27(27.8)
Medical/clinical nutrition therapy 75(56.8) 74(61.7) 61(61) 43(44.3)
Research, data analysis, proposal, and report writing 69(52.3) 12(10.0) 23(23) 19(19.6)
Leadership and management 62(47) 14(11.7) 19(19) 19(19.6)
Nutrition screening and assessment 63(47.7) 13(10.8) 8(8) 25(25.8)
Project planning, management, monitoring, and evaluation 49(37.1) 46(38.3) 17(17) 6(6.2)
Nutrition Advocacy 46(34.8) 12(10) 10(10) 13(13.4)
Maternal, infant, young child, and adolescent nutrition 43(32.6) 7(5.8) 1(1) 9(9.3)
Nutrition computing 32(24.2) 8(6.7) 11(11) 11(11.3)
Agribusiness 11(8.3) 2(1.7) 3(3.1)
Public health 9(6.8) 1(0.8) 1(1) 3(3.1)
Quality improvement 9(6.8) 4(4)
Product development and food safety management 9(6.8) 6(5.0) 4(4)
Records and data management 6(4.5)
Emergency nutrition 2(1.5) 1(0.8) 1(1)
Water, sanitation, and hygiene 2(1.5) 2(2.1)
Professional ethics 1(0.8) 4(3.3)
Internal medicine 1(0.8)
Human anatomy 7(7)
  1. * Multiple response analysis with percentage computed based on number of respondents rather than the total number of responses; HN/HND Human Nutrition/Human Nutrition and Dietetics