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HUNT242 Nutritional Assessment

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.

Paper title Nutritional Assessment
Paper code HUNT242
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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 you 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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41