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RN5503: CLINICAL NUTRITION FOR DISEASE PREVENTION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

Chronic diseases account for 70% of annual deaths in the world and present a great burden for the society. Emerging clinical evidence suggests that improving diet and nutrition can substantially reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

This course addresses the link between diet and the risk of developing chronic diseases. Furthermore, this course provides scientific evidence as to how nutrition may be used as a tool to prevent chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. It also highlights the importance of scientific research on developing public health policy frameworks, which encompass a range of educational and regulatory measures aiming to contribute to chronic disease prevention.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Madalina Neacsu
  • Dr Vassilios Raikos

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

  • Programme Level 5
  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course aims to enable students 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. You will be taught the skills required to assess, interpret and evaluate the evidence base for the role of food and nutrition in preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health. This course will examine how the disease process alters metabolism and leads to changes in 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 introduce the public and social policies that support better nutritional and health outcomes.


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

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 33 Feedback Weeks 35

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Feedback Word Count 500
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Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 27 Feedback Weeks 29

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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 36 Feedback Weeks 39

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Formative Assessment

Design Project: Individual

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandThe importance of nutrition in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. The role of diet in disease incidence and metabolic links between them.
ConceptualAnalyseNutrition and food policy (global, national+local level) Theories and application of methods of behaviour change to improve health Theories of nutrition health education and nutrition health promotion
ConceptualUnderstandThe role of nutrition in metabolically compromised individuals. How nutrient-gene interactions affect health and disease.
ProceduralEvaluateThe legal context of nutrition practice; including current UK legislation and guidelines to providing information to individuals.
ProceduralEvaluateResponsibilities and accountability concerning the current European & National legislation, national guidelines, local policies and protocols and clinical/corporate Governance in relation to nutrition
ProceduralApplyThe inter-relationship between clinical nutrition and public health nutrition. Research tools widely used in clinical nutrition research.
ProceduralApplySignificance of evaluation of nutrition in maintaining and driving public health agendas.

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