International Nutrition - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Case Study (40%) , Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,950.00
International 3,200.00

The International Nutrition unit reviews global food and nutrition issues; and nutrition problems from an international perspective. The unit examines the importance of maternal, infant and child nutrition in development; nutrient-disease interactions from a medical, social, economic and agricultural viewpoint. Students study global food systems; genetically-modified foods; disaster and famine management; international community food interventions; nutrition promotion programs and strategies in developing countries.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. review global nutrition issues related to maternal and child health, and the health of vulnerable populations, and determine the scope and outcome of international nutrition programs
  2. appraise the role of social, political, economic and environmental factors in the causation of hunger and malnutrition
  3. appraise research priorities and policy considerations in international nutrition
  4. assess the nutritional status of vulnerable populations.
  • Case Study (40%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Journal — Journal Article Review (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction, major nutritional challenges and scope of international nutrition work
2Malnutrition in infants, children, adolescents and adults
3Micronutrient deficiencies: Iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc
4Nutrition transition: The effects of modernisation and urbanisation
5Nutritional assessment of vulnerable populations
6Determinants of hunger and malnutrition: social, political, economic and environmental considerations
7Nutrition in emergency situations
8Program approaches to prevention and treatment of malnutrition
9Future challenges: policy and research implications

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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