Centre for Nutrition and Dietetics Studies

(An Autonomous Body Recognized by Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India)

Post Graduate Diploma/Executive Diploma in Cardiac Nutrition


The Post Graduate Diploma/Executive Diploma in Cardiac Nutrition will help students to develop their skills to understand how these cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) can be prevented in individuals and populations through lifestyle and dietary modifications

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. CVDs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions. Four out of 5CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and one third of these deaths occur prematurely in people under 70 years of age. Cardiovascular diseases have now become the leading cause of mortality in India. A quarter of all mortality is attributable to CVD. Ischemic heart disease and stroke are the predominant causes and are responsible for >80% of CVD deaths.

Individuals at risk of CVD may demonstrate raised blood pressure, glucose, and lipids as well as overweight and obesity. These can all be easily measured in primary care facilities. Identifying those at highest risk of CVDs and ensuring they receive appropriate treatment can prevent premature deaths. Access to essential noncommunicable disease medicines and basic health technologies in all primary health care facilities is essential to ensure that those in need receive treatment and nutrition counselling. Lifestyle factors, including nutrition, play an important role in the causation of cardiovascular diseases. Nutrition plays an important role in the management of cardiac diseases. Nutrition therapy can modulate cardiac disease in many ways; either by slowing the progression, minimizing the number of drugs required, improving quality of life, or, in some cases helping cure the disease. There is a huge potential for nutrition therapy as an important adjunct to medical therapy in patients with cardiac disease.

In order to enhance core skills and competencies of health professionals to effectively educate people with heart health, to promote healthy lifestyles and effective self-management for optimal prevention of CVDs, Centre for Nutrition and Dietetics Studies (CNDS), IGMPI has designed this programme. This is undertaken through theoretical knowledge and equip the learners with interpersonal communication skills, this will facilitate psychological wellbeing of patients.

The objective of this programme is to enhance your knowledge on all aspects of the nutritional approaches for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease., provide an understanding of the causes leading to CVDs, to provide nutrition therapy for dyslipidemia that is an important risk factor for cardiac diseases, learn the nutritional management of hypertension, which is another major condition in the community and a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

On completion of this programme student will be able to learn how these diseases impact populations worldwide and how they can be prevented. By the end of this programme, students will understand the principles underlying the use of nutrition therapy in the prevention and management of cardiac diseases. You will be able to educate a patient on the role of nutrition, physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of CVDs.

This programme opens new avenues of specialization for allied health professionals and would offer better work opportunities in the field. It will enable an individual to avail of jobs at government, community and private hospitals, community and private clinics, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies as a nutrition counsellor for cardiac health. One can work as a diet counselor and assist doctor in counselling their CVDs Patients in any private clinic/hospital.

Programme Structure

Module 1 : Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology of Heart

Module 2 : Atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease – Pathophysiology

Module 3 : Medical Nutrition Therapy in Hypertension, Cardiac Vascular disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction, etc

Module 4: Hyperlipidemia and Dyslipidemia

Module 5: Risk Factors for Cardiovascular health

Module 6: Therapeutic Lifestyle changes

Module 7: Nutritional Approach to Cardiovascular Disease

Module 8: Education, counselling strategies and communication skills

Module 9: Cardiovascular Disease in Pediatrics and Geriatrics

Module 10: Practitioner Case Studies

Module 11: Practical Aspect-Nutrition Assessment, Diet Analysis, Review and Planning.


Any Graduate in Nutrition/ Clinical Nutrition/ Sports Nutrition/ Ayurvedic Nutrition/ Psychology /Food Science/ Food Technology/ BE/ B.Pharma/ MBBS/ BDS/ BHMS/ BUMS/ BAMS or any other discipline. Diploma holders are eligible for our Executive Diploma, Industry Certificate, and Certificate Programmes

Programme Duration

The duration to complete this programme is 1 year (Post Graduate Diploma), 6 months (Executive Diploma).


The registration dates for this programme run by the Institute are updated timely on the webpage. Effective online learning tools incorporated into the design of the webpage make the programme lectures, online live classes and study material easily accessible. This gives a huge window of self-regulated and self-paced performance to the participants.

Programme Deliverables

A comprehensive study material for all the modules in hard copies ensuring the needs of the audience. The accompanying training material is appropriately aligned with the current Industry’s expectations.

  • – Assignments for all the programme modules for continuous evaluation and guidance.
  • – Interactive or online live sessions on all key areas of the programme giving all flexibility to the participants.
  • – Online classes for all the modules will be conducted on the weekends. Moreover, a doubt clearing session will also be scheduled before the examination.
  • – All the efforts are made by IGMPI faculty members to make the entire programme modules easily understandable.
  • – Assessment and evaluation for all the programme modules in order to enhance the levels of competencies and skills of the participants leading towards the objective of application in the job.
  • – At the end of each programme modules, the trainers shall obtain feedback from the participants using specially designed questionnaires.
  • – All learning and training delivery initiatives shall be conducted in English.

Examination & Certification

IGMPI follows a credit system based on all learning activities involved in studying for all PG Diploma, Executive Diploma Programmes. Each of your modules is equal to 4 credits. To successfully complete the programme, you will have to earn all the credits assigned to your programme.

All the participants are obliged to timely submit completed assessment assignments (during the programme, usually after every module) and appear for an online exam at the end of the programme. After successful completion, the participants will be awarded Post Graduate Diploma/Executive Diploma in Cardiac Nutrition by Centre for Nutrition and Dietetics Studies (CNDS), IGMPI. For all the above-mentioned modules elaborate programme material, self-assessment assignments and project work details would be provided by the Institute from time to time. Details get updated on the webpage as well.

Placement Assistance & Corporate Relations

The Institute has partnered with many organizations for providing with placement assistance to in its participants. The robust placement cell comprises of senior level Human Resources professionals and Talent Acquisition experts which maintains close links with business and industry. We are engaged in promoting the employability of our participants by maintaining good rapport and relation with HR cell and recruiting managers of leading Food and Agriculture companies across the globe. The efforts of our placement cell also include helping with professional resume writing, interview skills & conducting mock interviews etc.

In recent Months the Institute has witnessed more and more participation from professionals working global healthcare and nutrition giants like Usha Mullapudi Cardiac Centre, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Narayana Hrudayalaya, B.M. Heart Research Centre, UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, Child Heart Foundation, Hamdulay Heart Foundation, National Heart Institute, BLK Heart Center, Continental Hospitals, Nanavati Hospital, etc.

Future career prospects

Centre for Nutrition and Dietetics Studies (CNDS), IGMPI’s online programme is a professional programme targeted to cater the health industry needs trained health professionals. The information, guidance, practical training and off programme completion certificate will provide the participant with not one but many opportunities in the industry. This would come true in the form of job roles and positions like that of health counsellor, health coach, nutrition Counselor for health and wellness industries, nutrition Officer among Non-Governmental Organizations, nutrition Officer in Community Development Programme run under government organizations, consultant for Multinational Companies, nutrition educator for Private Hospitals, counselors in Schools, Academia and many more.

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