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HUNT223 International Nutrition and Health

Major nutritional challenges in under-resourced and developing societies, including malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and the impact of urbanisation on the nutritional health of communities and countries in transition.

Paper title International Nutrition and Health
Paper code HUNT223
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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BIOC 192 and CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and HUBS 191 and HUBS 192
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
At least 18 200-level BIOC points and 18 200-level PHSL points
Schedule C
ANAT 101 and PHSL 101 may be substituted for the CELS and HUBS prerequisites.
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Lisa Houghton

Paper Structure

Lectures will provide students with a broad knowledge of the nutritional challenges in developing societies and allow students to acquire an in-depth understanding of the impact of suboptimal nutrition on health status in low-resource settings. 

Practical blocks will provide opportunities for students to become familiar with the interdisciplinary nature of nutritional problems from agro sciences, economic and policy sciences, human, social and health sciences.

Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures per week and weekly practical sessions.

Attendance at practical classes is compulsory.


The majority of reading material will be taken from recent scientific journals and will either be handed out as photocopies or put on Blackboard.


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 223 you should be able to:

• Describe the major nutritional problems that influence the health, survival, and developmental capacity of populations in developing societies
• Critically analyse the juxtaposition of malnutrition and obesity in indigenous and transition populations
• Compare and evaluate possible interventions implemented at the household, community, national, and international levels to prevent and treat malnutrition
• Critically examine the issues and constraints in the scaling up of various intervention programs
• Integrate learning throughout the course to identify and evaluate possible interventions for alleviating malnutrition, for individuals and populations


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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41