Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Provides a detailed view of the relationship between diet, nutrition and disease. The course will cover the methodology used to determine dietary, nutritional and health status and how evidence is gathered to determine the links between diet, nutrition and health. The relationship between diet and nutrition and the prevention and management of specific diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders and osteoporosis will be covered in depth. After completing this course students will have an understanding of the current body of knowledge on the relationship between nutrition, health and disease, and be able to critique information and research on the links between nutrition, health and disease.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply dietary, energy and physical assessment methodologies;

2. Evaluate evidence for the relationship between diet, nutrition and disease;

3. Interpret and explain the role of genetics in diet-related diseases and disease susceptibility;

4. Synthesise and communicate the relationship of diet and nutrition to specific diseases;

5. Incorporate their knowledge and understanding of the principles of nutrition to the prevention and treatment of specific diseases;

6. Independently identify and explain key concepts relating to the understanding of the role of nutrition in aetiology, prevention and treatment of disease.


  1. Nutrition, dietary and health assessment methodology
  2. The relationship between diet, nutrition and disease – study types and interpreting evidence.
  3. Genetic influence on nutritional health.
  4. The role of diet and nutrition in the Prevention and Management of major diseases. 

Assumed knowledge




Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Report: Written Report

Project: Nutrition Information Resource

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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