The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
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.



  • Semester 1 - 2020

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



  • Dietary Assessment
  • Nutritional Status Assessment
  • Health Status Assessment

Evidence for relationship between Diet, Nutrition and Disease

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Analysis, Presentation and Interpretation of Dietary Data
  • Nutrition Intervention
  • Maternal Health During Pregnancy

Genetic Influence on Nutritional Health

  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism
  • Genetics and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Genetics and Obesity
  • Genetics and Cancer

The Role of Diet and Nutrition in the Prevention and Management of Disease

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Other Major Disease including Renal Disease, Osteoporosis and Food Allergies

Assumed knowledge





Assessment items

Quiz: In-Class and Online Quizzes

Presentation: Presentation Individual (Oral ) on Literature Review Topic

In Term Test: Mid Semester Examination

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

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