Nutrition, Health And Disease - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignments (44%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit is designed to extend your knowledge of the principles of nutrition into aspects of applied human nutrition and public health. You will study the relationship between diet, health and disease especially as it relates to the obesity and diabetes epidemic and in the world today, along with how foods and diets are modified to suit nutrition needs including functional foods. The concept of human diet evolution will underpin the topics covered relating to diet and public health issues in modern society. You will be required to read research papers on the evolving human diet and how our current diet of processed foods is not suited to the physiology of our bodies and biochemistry of our metabolic processes, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancers.

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

  1. describe the relationship between diet, health and disease (especially obesity)
  2. describe the evolution of human diet from pre-agricultural times to the present
  3. describe the ingredients in functional foods, nutritional rationale for their inclusion in foods and the mechanism of action of these nutrients in the body
  4. critically evaluate the experimental design and nutritional significance of published research papers
  5. differentiate between scientific data and advertising on a website as it relates to nutrition
  6. describe the principle epidemiological research studies on human diet and health and their main findings
  7. evaluate the nutrient composition of designated diets of natural versus processed foods.
  • Assignments (44%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Online assessment — Online Discussion (6%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Nutrition and disease
2Evolution and diet
3Methodology and Evidence
4Major dietary studies
5Obesity and metabolic syndrome
6Diet and CVD
8Dietary fats and CVD
9Functional foods
10Vegetarian diets
12Diet and cancer

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

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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