The Association of Clinical and Public Health Nutritionists in Finland, RTY, is the educational and professional interest organisation connecting nutritionists in Finland. RTY is a member organisation of the Finnish Association of Academic Agronomists.
RTY works to promote development in the field of nutrition and health education. It submits proposals and issues statements on nutritional topics. RTY also organizes updating training in matters of nutrition and produces materials for nutritional guidance.
RTY was founded in 1970. The current amount of members is around 800 including also student members.
Members have a Master of Science degree in nutrition or in clinical nutrition. Many members undertake post-graduate research to a doctoral level.
Majority of the members have the competence of a registrated dietitian. The competence of registrated dietitians is monitored and controlled by the National Supervisory for Welfare and Health (Valvira).
Members’ scientific background is extensive, covering knowledge of food and nutrition as well as other related disciplines, for example chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, medicine, psychology and the social sciences.
Members work on many fields: clinical and community health nutrition, research, consultancy, education, industry and catering services.
Education in Nutrition at the Helsinki University: Human nutrition can be studied as a main subject in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki.For more info, visit the Helsinki University homepage.
Education in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland: The department of clinical nutrition was founded in 1983 and it is a part of the faculty of medicine. For more info, visit the University of Eastern Finland homepage.