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International Nutrition (9278.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics


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  • Semester 1, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (183431) - View
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  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164067) - View
  • Winter Term, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (155176) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154559) - View
  • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (145375) - View

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This unit will examine the major current nutritional challenges facing the global community. Topics will include the macro and micronutrient deficiencies in infants, adolescents and adults, such as protein-energy malnutrition, iron, zinc, vitamin A and iodine deficiencies; the nutritional consequences of HIV/AIDs; the impact of modernisation and urbanisation on the nutritional health of indigenous communities and countries in transition; the underlying causes of hunger in our world from social, political, economic and environmental perspectives; and short and long term nutritional issues associated with refugee populations. Finally, the approaches to the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, HIV/AIDs and diabetes and obesity in transition populations will also be explored.

This unit is co-taught with unit 8664 International Nutrition PG.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe the current international epidemiology and clinical features of the major macro and micro-nutrient deficiency diseases across the globe and the impact of these deficiencies on public health outcomes;

2. Discuss the major short and long term nutritional consequences facing refugee populations;

3. Evaluate the causes of the juxtaposition of malnutrition and obesity in indigenous and transition populations; and

4. Outline the current approaches being used to prevent and treat malnutrition, HIV/AIDs, diabetes and obesity in developing countries and those in transition.

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Contact Hours

Four hours per week


8257 Nutritional Science



Assumed Knowledge

Human physiology and human nutrition

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