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HUNT312 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases

Epidemiology, pathophysiology and role of nutrition and food in the prevention and management of several major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes mellitus.

Paper title Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
Paper code HUNT312
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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HUNT 221-223. Note: students in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in Sport and Exercise Nutrition may take this paper having passed HUNT 221 and one of HUNT 222 or HUNT 223. To do this, apply for Special Permission at the Review and Submit stage of your application.
Recommended Preparation
STAT 115 and 18 200-level BIOC or PHSL points
Schedule C
Paper Structure

Lectures will provide student's with an understanding of the role of diet and other factors in the development and management of risk factors and chronic conditions related to non-communicable diseases.

Teaching Arrangements

Two classes per week: conventional lectures to present important knowledge and evidence-based summaries about the role of nutrition in cancer and cardiovascular disease and tutorial classes to foster the ability to understand epidemiological research and think critically about how we discover what prevents cancer and cardiovasular disease.

One 2-hour discourse session per week to foster critical thinking and reasoning and to promote a discourse about the results of epidemiological research that helps students to acquire a deeper understanding about the role of nutrition in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Text books are not required for this paper.

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 312 you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, and current prevention strategies and dietary guidelines to reduce the burden of NCDs
  • Describe the relevant nutrients involved in the disease process including foods and diet patterns, bioavailability and metabolism; and basic management of various NCDs
  • Summarise the biomarkers proposed to assess disease risk, progression or severity
Teaching staff

Dr Rachel Brown

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-16, 18-22
A2 Thursday 13:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22