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HUNT141 Understanding Human Nutrition

Basic understanding of key nutritional concepts and the importance of evidence-based nutrition for individual and population health.

In recent years, interest in the role of food and nutrition in promoting health and wellness has increased, ranging from food health claims and sustainability through to preventative healthcare in medical settings. HUNT 141 is a practical and engaging introduction to the core principles of nutrition. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to optimise individual and population health. Issues will be relevant to those studying and working in nutrition and dietetics, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, public health, food science and sports and exercise nutrition.

Paper title Understanding Human Nutrition
Paper code HUNT141
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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HUNT 233
Schedule C
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Sheila Skeaff
Teaching Arrangements
All course information will be available on Blackboard.

There are 2 hours of lectures per week and one 2-hour practical per week. Some lectures follow a traditional lecture format and others incorporate problem-based learning activities.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of HUNT 141 students should be able to:
  • Discuss the physiological, social and cultural factors that impact on food choices and dietary behaviour.
  • Identify key functions, food sources and requirements of specified nutrients.
  • Explain the role that nutrients and food play in the general health of New Zealanders across the lifecycle.
  • Use evidence-based nutrition guidelines and knowledge of the New Zealand food supply to recommend appropriate food choices for general health.
  • Apply simple nutritional assessment skills to an individual's dietary intake and produce a clear and complete written report.
  • Integrate nutrition knowledge with practical application.
  • Design a research project, with guidance, to investigate a nutrition problem for active and athletic populations and provide results in an appropriate manner.
  • Apply dietary assessment methods to monitor and evaluate nutrition interventions for athletes and active individuals.
Paper Structure
The paper is organised into major topic areas:
  • Energy, vitamins, minerals
  • Life span nutrition, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood adolescence, adulthood and ageing
  • Global health and diet-related disease
  • Sports nutrition, health and fitness
  • Food sustainable
  • Whitney E, Rolfes SR, Crowe T, Cameron-Smith D, Walsh A (2017). Understanding Human Nutrition (3rd). Cengage Learning Australia.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 2-7
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 2-5, 7
Thursday 10:00-11:50 2-7