Advanced study of clinical nutrition as it relates to lifestyles and the treatment of nutrition-related disease; nutritional needs of groups and individuals in a range of settings; pathology of nutrition-related illness.
This paper covers the advanced study of nutrition as it relates to healthy lifestyles and the prevention and treatment of nutrition related diseases; nutritional needs of groups and individuals within communities; and the pathology of nutrition related illness. Using a structured approach to nutrition care, students are guided to gather and interpret relevant nutritional data, set patient-centred goals and develop a patient-centred nutrition care plan founded on evidence-based nutrition principles. Clinical Nutrition will extend students prior learning in undergraduate Human Nutrition and provides the base knowledge and skills required to progress into the Year 2 Professional Placement paper (HUND 477).
|Paper title||Clinical Nutrition|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2023 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,018.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- Limited to
- Prior to applying for entry into the Master of Dietetics Programme, students should have completed a BCApSc, BAppSc or a BSc in Human Nutrition.
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- The paper is grouped into 9 overarching modules:
- Nutrition assessment in clinical practice
- Nutrition-related chronic disease
- Medical nutrition therapy and nutrition support
- Gastrointestinal disorders and surgical nutrition therapy
- Renal nutrition
- Paediatric nutrition
- Mental health nutrition
- Special topics
- Teaching Arrangements
- Teaching for this paper is delivered in blocks during the first semester and early
Attendance at all lectures, tutorials, clinical skills workshops and placements is compulsory.
- Essential Texts:
Dietitians NZ. (2016). Dietitians New Zealand Clinical Handbook 2016. 11th Ed. Anna Sloan (Ed). Wellington: Ocular.
New Zealand Guidelines. (2012). New Zealand Primary Care Handbook. 3rd Ed. Wellington: New Zealand Guidelines Group.
Gandy, J. (2014). Manual of Dietetic Practice. 5th Ed. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
OR: Escott-Stump, S. (2015). Nutrition and Diagnosis-related Care. 8th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. [ISBN/ISSN: 9781451195323]
Shaw, V. (Ed). (2014). Clinical Paediatric Dietetics. 4th Ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. [ISBN: 978-0-470-65998-4]
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this paper you will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of nutrition science and disease to nutrition assessment of clinical cases
- Apply medical nutrition therapy to treat patients with a range of clinical conditions and diseases under direct supervision
- Apply knowledge of food service systems to clinical practice
- Demonstrate communication skills that enhance dietetic clinical care
- Employ communication strategies that enhance (engage, motivate, empower and enable) the nutrition care of individuals
- Demonstrate understanding of collaborative practice with interprofessional colleagues to support client centred care
- Apply management and quality management principles to enhance clinical practice
- Practise professional leadership by encouraging and supporting dietetic peers to grow and develop
- Evaluate practice extending self-awareness, insight and cultural responsiveness
- Recognise and address limitations of professional knowledge, skills and abilities including ability to practice in a culturally responsive manner
- Apply an evidence based approach to clinical practice
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques to clinical practice