Fast facts Starts 17 February, 2021

3 Weeks


2–3 hours per week


FREE: Certificate for US$49


Food & Nutrition

About this course

If you are a doctor, nurse, or allied health professional looking to improve your knowledge of the role of nutrition communication in chronic disease prevention and management, this course is for you. We will arm you with the information and skills you need to effectively convey evidence-based brief nutrition messages to your patients.

You will learn the key concepts central to dietary patterns for prevention and management of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, how to talk about diet-related health, and identify the key features of healthy diets.

From the University of Newcastle team that brought you The Science of Weight Loss and Food for Kids, this course is an evidence-based approach to understanding the key role nutrition – and nutrition communication – plays in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

What you'll learn

  • Identify differences between primary and secondary prevention of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Identify nutrition-related risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Recognise clinical markers relevant to nutrition management
  • Identify differences between, and limitations of, dietary assessment methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the hierarchy of nutrition messages in the management of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Identify dietary patterns relevant to reducing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to changing diet specific to chronic disease
  • Demonstrate an understanding of behaviour change models and techniques


  • Week 1: Prevention and management
  • Week 2: Nutrition-assessment and intervention
  • Week 3: Communication and behaviour change
Video: Nutrition Communication for Health Professionals: Key concepts

Meet the instructors

Professor Clare Collins

Professor Clare Collins

Clare is a Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in Australia. She loves nutrition and does a lot of research related to healthy eating to improve health and well-being. She has published over 400 research papers and supervised lots of research studies and budding researchers.

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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.