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PU5020: NUTRITION AND HEALTH (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course will provide a detailed knowledge of the relationships between diet, human development, health, and disease. Topics covered include diet and nutrition across the life course, integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways to e.g. starvation, exercise, and the role of diet in the development of diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, it will also provide insight into the effects of malnutrition and food processing on health. A combination of lectures, and a laboratory class will help consolidate your understanding of the impact food and nutrients on health.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alan Sneddon

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of MSc Human Nutrition or Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition or Master Of Science In Cardiovascular Science & Diabetes

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MT5301 Nutrition and Health (Studied)
  • MT5302 Nutrition and Health (Studied)
  • PU5301 Nutrition and Health (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

By the end of the course you should have an understanding of the following:

  1. The relationship between diet, human development and health
  2. The integration and adaptability of different metabolic pathways in response to starvation and exercise
  3. The relationship between diet and disease (particularly cancer, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes) and the effects of food processing and malnutrition

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 8
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 9, 11 - 17
  • 1 Lecture during University week10
  • 1 Practical during University week10

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1 two-hour written examination (60%); 2 continous assessment assignment, one 2500 word essay (20%), one practical report (20%) and one formative oral presentation assignment.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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