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HUNT342 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, obesity, cancer and diabetes mellitus.

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 HUNT342
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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(HUNT 241 and 243) or (HUNT 221-223)
HUNT 312
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Rachel Brown

Paper Structure

Lectures will provide students 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 cardiovascular 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.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Key research papers will be used to complement lecture material.  These will be available through 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 342 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

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 19-22
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
A2 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22