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HUNT242 Nutritional Assessment

Examines the principles and methods used in nutritional assessment in research, public health and clinical settings. Dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical techniques will form the foundation of the paper.

This paper describes the methods for assessing the nutritional status at an individual and population level. The paper provides an overview of dietary, biochemical and anthropometric assessment; as well as providing you with hands on laboratory classes where you can assess your own status.

Paper title Nutritional Assessment
Paper code HUNT242
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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HUNT 141 and 36 points
HUNT 202, HUNT 222
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath

Paper Structure

Lectures will cover the principles and methods used in nutritional assessment in research, public health, and clinical settings.

Practicals will allow students to acquire and develop the technical skills of dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical assessment.

Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures per week and one 2-hour practical session per week.


Recommended Textbook:

Gibson Rosalind S. (2005). Principles of Nutritional Assessment (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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 242 you should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate nutritional assessment methods to research, public health and clinical settings
  • Analyse and interpret nutritional assessment data for individuals and groups
  • Describe how biology, biochemistry, assessment technology, bias and measurement error influence nutritional assessment data

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Friday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41