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    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.

    Focusing on type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer, this course covers the epidemiological evidence behind the dietary guidelines, and how to apply the guidelines in clinical management of people at risk of chronic diseases.

    About this paper

    Paper title Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (HUNT 221 and HUNT 223) or (Two of HUNT 241, HUNT 242, HUNT 243, SPEX 203)
    HUNT 312
    Schedule C

    Teaching staff

    Dr Meredith Peddie

    Paper Structure

    Lectures, case studies and tutorial sessions 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 lectures per week and a weekly 2-hour tutorial session.


    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

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

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of HUNT 342 you will be able to:

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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    A3 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    A4 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    A5 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    A6 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    A7 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    A8 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
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