Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Diet, Disease and Health

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Food Sciences and Nutrition

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will deal with issues of positive and negative influences of food, nutrients and dietary patterns on nutrition during the life-cycle, and the association between dietary factors and human health and disease. Specific topics include nutrition and pregnancy, infant nutrition, nutrition of the elderly, colonic health, nutrition and chronic disease including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit deals with human nutrition during the lifecycle in health and disease.

Overall this study-unit aims to:
- Acquaint students with the role of nutrition at different stages of the lifecycle;
- Inform students of the subject matter relevant to dietary and lifestyle factors in the aetiology, prevention and management of chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer;
- Describe emerging concerns and new evidence based technical reports and studies associating diet, lifestyle and chronic disease; and
- Consider dietary recommendations for population and individual health.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Describe the implications of diet to the prevention and management of non-communicable disease with special reference to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer;
- Compare and contrast the relevant international health epidemiological data relating to chronic disease prevalence;
- Critically report on the large body of evidence on the association between diet, disease and health whilst examining and explaining conflicting issues relating to this area of interest;
- Evaluate and critically report on the findings relating to key influences on health with respect to population based dietary patterns.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critically describe and appraise the complexity of the associations between diet, health and disease;
- Evaluate the current evidence and use this information to generate public health recommendations;
- Prepare a poster and orally present the evidence on a specific diet and disease association (for health professionals); and
- Prepare an informative factsheet on a specific diet and disease association (for the general public).

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Lanham-New, S.A., Macdonald, I. & Roche, H.M. (2010). Nutrition and Metabolism. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Elia, M., Ljungqvist, O., Stratton, R.J. & Lanham, S.A. (2015). Clinical Nutrition. John Wiley and Sons.

Supplementary Reading

Lecturers will also make reference to the latest relevant publications for class discussions.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (10 Minutes) SEM2 No 10%
Report SEM2 No 10%
Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Mario Caruana
Petra Jones

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