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    A critical and in-depth analysis of current and topical issues in the role of nutrition in chronic disease, specifically heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

    This paper is relevant for health or education professionals who want to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills to complement their work as:

    • General practitioners
    • Nurses
    • Pharmacists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Dentists
    • Public health professionals and midwives
    • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (eg physical education, food technology or home economics teachers)

    Note that this paper does not prepare participants to practise as dietitians.

    About this paper

    Paper title Nutrition and Chronic Disease
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,879.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    CMNX 406, NUTX 404
    An elective paper for PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition; may also be taken by other approved students.
    Eligible students will be professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition but with a strong background in biological sciences or health science.
    Teaching staff

    Professor Rachel Brown

    Paper Structure

    The paper comprises five modules:

    • Nutritional epidemiology
    • Nutrition and obesity
    • Nutrition and cardiovascular disease
    • Nutrition and diabetes
    • Nutrition and cancers
    Teaching Arrangements

    This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

    The paper is is distance-taught using Zoom.

    The Zoom sessions run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on alternate Tuesdays. The Zoom sessions run as tutorials rather than lectures, and there is an expectation that students will have read material provided prior to the session and participate in the discussion.

    All reading material will be provided.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Have developed an understanding of the key concepts and recent developments in the role of nutrition in chronic disease, specifically in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer
    • Understand the multi-factorial nature of the development of chronic disease
    • Have identified nutrition and other (e.g. physical activity) strategies from evidence-based nutrition/medicine and public health practice to diminish the incidence of chronic disease
    • Be familiar with key intervention research in this area and understand factors that may affect outcomes of intervention studies
    • Understand the impact of chronic disease risk at the individual and population level
    • Understand the importance of providing clear and easily understood nutrition advice


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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