Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Functional foods are foods which have a health benefit above and beyond mere nutrition. Functional Foods are of high interest for public health, as many bioactive ingredients have great potential for prevention of chronic disease. They are also of key interest for the food industry, because they can be marketed at a premium price.

The lectures will cover various bioactive components and their health function and you will gain insight into the production and marketing of functional foods. During the tutorial activities you will investigate specific examples of functional foods and learn what it takes to substantiate health claims.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the concept of functional food and the history behind it;

2. Describe the bioactivity of various functional compounds and evaluate their role in health promotion;

3. Outline the health attributes of functional foods and critique the claims that they can reduce the risk of common diseases;

4. Explain consumer behaviour and attitudes related to functional foods and health claims and non-regulated claims;

5. Apply government rules and regulations related to functional foods and health claims;

6. Describe the market trends with respect to the demand and application of functional foods and critique their role in the food and health industries and society as a whole.


  1. Historical and Cultural Perspectives of functional foods
  2. Consumer Behaviour related to functional foods, health claims and non-regulated claims
  3. The Making and Sale of Functional Foods
  4. Future Prospects and Markets
  5. Health Claims and Government Regulations
  6. Bioactive Food Components and their function for health
  7. Specific functional foods and compounds for:
  • Digestive health
  • Cognition and performance
  • Chronic diseases
  • Weight management

Assumed knowledge




Assessment items

Written Assignment: Workshop Written Assignment to prepare major paper (self-directed component)

Quiz: Tutorial Quizzes (Online) Formative Assessment

Formal Examination: Formal examination

Presentation: Presentation Individual (Oral)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.