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    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 supporting you to develop key skills in these areas.

    About this paper

    Paper title Nutritional Assessment
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 support students to acquire and develop the technical skills of dietary, anthropometric, and biochemical, nutritional assessment.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Two 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour practical session per week.


    Recommended Textbook:

    Principles of Nutritional Assessment, Gibson, R.S. (n.d.). 3rd edition

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of HUNT 242 students should be able to:

    • Describe appropriate nutritional assessment methods for use in research, public health, and clinical settings
    • Describe how biology, biochemistry, assessment technology, bias and measurement error influence nutritional assessment data
    • Execute key nutritional assessment methods used in research, public health, and clinical settings
    • Analyse and interpret nutritional assessment data for individuals and groups
    • Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different methods of nutritional assessment in specific research, public health, and clinical situations
    • Respect and cater to cultural differences when conducting nutritional assessment
    • Demonstrate effective written communication skills


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 30-35, 37-42
    A2 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 30-35, 37-42
    A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 30-35, 37-42
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