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PU5541: CLINICAL NUTRITION FOR DISEASE PREVENTION (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

The overall aim of nutrition practice and research is to enable everyone to gain optimum health and well-being through good nutrition. This course aims to enable student to develop the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level.  This course also aims to help future nutrition practitioners and researchers develop the skills and insights necessary to advocate for better health through diet and nutrition, and the public and social policies that support better nutritional and health outcomes.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Viren Ranawana

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The overall aim of nutrition practice and research is to enable everyone to gain optimum health and well-being through good nutrition. This course aims to enable student to develop the fundamental understanding and application of evidence based health at an individual- and population-level.  You will develop skills in identifying and evaluating scientific evidence relevant to understanding the role of food and nutrients in health and disease.  As the field of applied health sciences continues to develop evidence at a rapid pace you will be taught the skills required access, interpret and evaluate the evidence base for the role of food and nutrition in preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health.

Both high and low income countries face a range of nutritional challenges including a social and economic context characterised by an ageing population (in the case of high income countries), increasing levels of household and individual level food insecurity, widening health inequalities in nutritional wellbeing and a high prevalence of obesity. Therefore this course aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop their understanding of:

  • The social, economic and cultural determinants of nutrition-related health problems, and,
  • Skills that will enable them to design, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programmes aimed at addressing such problems.

This course will also examine how the disease process alters metabolism and leads to changes nutrient requirements and specific nutritional deficiencies in acute and chronic illness, for example obesity, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

This course also aims to help future nutrition practitioners and researchers develop the skills and insights necessary to advocate for better health through diet and nutrition, and the public and social policies that support better nutritional and health outcomes.


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

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

Online debate (20%) and Two Critical apppraisals of literature (25%) each.

Resit: one written assignment.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Feedback on all assessments will be provided with 14 days of submission for all assignments and in many cases will be instantaneous. Feedback will come in various forms including detailed information about correct answers for quiz responses where students have been unsuccessful in providing the correct answer.  For more extensive pieces feedback will take the form of either written or audio recorded feedback and will always provide information on areas that the students needs to focus on to improve their understanding

Course Learning Outcomes

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