16 rank Best Nutrition and Dietetics Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Nutrition and Dietetics Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Nutrition and Dietetics Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 16 out of the 57 colleges and universities offering nutrition and dietetics undergraduate programs.

The University of Santo Tomas took the lead for nutrition and dietetics with a 93.12% overall score after considering their performance in the 2019 nutritionist-dietitian licensure examination, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio.

The University of the Philippines-Los Baños made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 with an 89.50% overall score, ahead of Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Main at 3rd rank with an 89.40% overall score, Centro Escolar University-Manila at 4th rank with 79.38%, and the University of the Philippines-Diliman at 5th rank with 78.50%.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first 10 best nutrition and dietetics schools are the Benguet State University-La Trinidad at 6th rank, Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon at 7th, Philippine Women’s University at 8th, Silliman University in Dumaguete City at 9th, and the University of the Immaculate Conception-Davao at 10th.

The list is based on the results of the August 2019 nutritionist-dietitian licensure examination plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering nutrition and dietetics programs have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with a high nutritionist-dietitian licensure examination passing rate.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for a number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study nutrition and dietetics are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHED.

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To rank the schools, we took the passing rate of the August 2019 nutritionist-dietitian licensure examination, number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of nutrition and dietetics as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for the August 2019 nutritionist-dietitian licensure examination were adjusted to 65% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 10 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

16 Best Philippine Schools to Study Nutrition and Dietetics for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDCONDTOTALWeighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS93.121040110599.05%10090Level IV801:151585
2UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BANOS89.5011000110100.00%10090Independent601:151585
3POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MAIN89.401063010997.25%100100Level III701:313165
4CENTRO ESCOLAR UNIVERSITY-MANILA79.3859326492.19%7040Level IV801:191985
5UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN78.50300030100.00%5080Independent601:151585
6BENGUET STATE UNIVERSITY-LA TRINIDAD77.6253836482.81%7040COD901:181885
7CENTRAL MINDANAO UNIVERSITY71.9024012596.00%5040Level II601:202075
8PHILIPPINE WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY-MANILA71.8314101593.33%4040Level III701:151585
9SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY70.27321014374.42%6080Level II601:101085
10UNIVERSITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION-DAVAO70.1722202491.67%4070Level I501:181885
11MANILA TYTANA COLLEGES, INC66.4428503384.85%5040Level I501:151585
12ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES65.0926803476.47%50100Not Accredited301:171785
13LOURDES COLLEGE61.2710211376.92%4040Level I501:111185
14UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS58.5021702875.00%5040Not Accredited301:161685
15FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY-NICANOR REYES MEDICAL FOUNDATION55.6419542867.86%5040Not Accredited301:101085
16UNIVERSITY OF SAN AGUSTIN54.6517722665.38%5040Not Accredited301:141485


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