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    Advanced study of clinical nutrition as it relates to lifestyles and the treatment of nutrition-related disease; nutritional needs of groups and individuals in a range of settings; pathology of nutrition-related illness.

    This paper covers the advanced study of nutrition as it relates to healthy lifestyles and the prevention and treatment of nutrition related diseases; nutritional needs of groups and individuals within communities; and the pathology of nutrition related illness. Using a structured approach to nutrition care, students are guided to gather and interpret relevant nutritional data, set patient-centred goals and develop a patient-centred nutrition care plan founded on evidence-based nutrition principles. Clinical Nutrition will extend students prior learning in undergraduate Human Nutrition and provides the base knowledge and skills required to progress into the Year 2 Professional Placement paper (HUND 477).

    About this paper

    Paper title Clinical Nutrition
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    Prior to applying for entry into the Master of Dietetics Programme, students should have completed a BCApSc, BAppSc or a BSc in Human Nutrition.

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    Paper Structure
    The paper is grouped into 9 overarching modules:
    • Nutrition assessment in clinical practice
    • Nutrition-related chronic disease
    • Medical nutrition therapy and nutrition support
    • Gastrointestinal disorders and surgical nutrition therapy
    • Renal nutrition
    • Paediatric nutrition
    • Mental health nutrition
    • Prescribing
    • Special topics
    Teaching Arrangements
    Teaching for this paper is delivered in blocks during the first semester and early second semester.
    Attendance at all lectures, tutorials, clinical skills workshops and placements is compulsory.
    Essential Texts:
    Dietitians NZ. (2016). Dietitians New Zealand Clinical Handbook 2016. 11th Ed. Anna Sloan (Ed). Wellington: Ocular.

    New Zealand Guidelines. (2012). New Zealand Primary Care Handbook. 3rd Ed. Wellington: New Zealand Guidelines Group.

    Highly Recommended:
    Gandy, J. (2014). Manual of Dietetic Practice. 5th Ed. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

    OR: Escott-Stump, S. (2015). Nutrition and Diagnosis-related Care. 8th Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. [ISBN/ISSN: 9781451195323]

    Shaw, V. (Ed). (2014). Clinical Paediatric Dietetics. 4th Ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. [ISBN: 978-0-470-65998-4]
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this paper students will be able to:

    • Apply knowledge of nutrition science and disease to nutrition assessment of clinical cases
    • Apply medical nutrition therapy to treat patients with a range of clinical conditions and diseases under direct supervision
    • Apply knowledge of food service systems to clinical practice
    • Demonstrate communication skills that enhance dietetic clinical care
    • Employ communication strategies that enhance (engage, motivate, empower and enable) the nutrition care of individuals
    • Demonstrate understanding of collaborative practice with interprofessional colleagues to support client centred care
    • Apply management and quality management principles to enhance clinical practice
    • Practise professional leadership by encouraging and supporting dietetic peers to grow and develop
    • Evaluate practice extending self-awareness, insight and cultural responsiveness
    • Recognise and address limitations of professional knowledge, skills and abilities including ability to practice in a culturally responsive manner
    • Apply an evidence based approach to clinical practice
    • Apply critical thinking and problem solving techniques to clinical practice


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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