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NUTN404 Nutrition and Chronic Disease

A critical and in-depth analysis of current and topical issues in the role of nutrition in chronic disease, specifically heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

This paper is relevant for health or education professionals who want to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills to complement their work as:

  • General practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Public health professionals
  • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (eg physical education, food technology or home economics teachers)
Note that this paper does not prepare participants to practise as dietitians.

Paper title Nutrition and Chronic Disease
Paper code NUTN404
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,548.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,034.00

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CMNX 406, NUTX 404
An elective paper for PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition; may also be taken by other approved students.
Eligible students will be professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition but with a strong background in biological sciences or health science. The paper is available only to those residing in New Zealand.
Teaching staff
Dr Paula Skidmore
Paper Structure
The paper comprises four modules:
  • Nutrition and obesity
  • Nutrition and diabetes
  • Nutrition and cancer
  • Nutrition and cardiovascular diseases
Teaching Arrangements
The paper is is distance-taught using audioconferences. Audioconferences run from 6.10 pm to 8.00 pm on alternate Tuesdays. The audioconferences run as tutorials rather than lectures, and there is an expectation that students will have read material provided prior to the session and participate in the discussion.
All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Have developed an understanding of the key concepts and recent developments in the role of nutrition in chronic disease, specifically in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer
  • Understand the multi-factorial nature of the development of chronic disease
  • Have identified nutrition and other (e.g. physical activity) strategies from evidence-based nutrition/medicine and public health practice to diminish the incidence of chronic disease
  • Be familiar with key intervention research in this area and understand factors that may affect outcomes of intervention studies
  • Understand the impact of chronic disease risk at the individual level
  • Understand the importance of providing, clear, easy to understand nutrition advice
Important note: This paper is not intended to enable participants to dispense therapeutic advice to individuals with medical conditions.

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system