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HUNT453 Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition

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Builds skills and understanding within the field of behavioural and applied nutrition. Topics include: application of behaviour change theory to eating behaviour, development and application of food models, the policy and process for food regulation.

This paper provides the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a practical setting with consultations with clients.

Paper title Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition
Paper code HUNT453
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,673.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,967.53

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Teaching staff

Professor Lisa Houghton

Paper Structure

This paper consists of problem based learning cases and practical consults in the Human Nutrition clinic.

Teaching Arrangements

Two 2-hour classes per week plus placements in the Human Nutition clinic.
Please note that a University branded polo shirt is a required course related cost for this paper.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Students will be provided with readings.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of HUNT 453 you should be able to

  • Discuss approaches to nutrition and disease management across the lifecycle spectrum including individual behaviour change approaches
  • Apply nutrition science to states of health and disease using the nutrition care process model
  • Apply theoretical health behaviour change models to aid behaviour change of clients during consultations.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques to clinical practice
  • Discuss the development and application of specific nutritional guidelines to patients and communities
  • Explore the relevant scientific literature and other information sources to create up to date nutrition messages for clients.
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to a variety of audiences

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system