Nutrition and disease - treatment and clinical aspects, 10 creditsNutrition och sjukdom - behandling och kliniska aspekter, 10 hp
- Course code
- Course name
- Nutrition and disease - treatment and clinical aspects
- 10 credits
- Form of Education
- Higher Education, study regulation 2007
- Main field of study
- Nutrition Science
- AV - Second cycle
- Grading scale
- Fail (U), pass (G) or pass with distinction (VG)
- Department of Biosciences and Nutrition
- Decided by
- Education committee BioNut
- Decision date
- Revised by
- Education committee BioNut
- Last revision
- Course syllabus valid from
- Spring 2023
Specific entry requirements
At least grade pass for the course "Diet and health - scientific evidence, recommendations and sustainability" (4NT000) within the Master's Programme in Nutrition Science.
After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- discuss translational research in nutrition focusing on the promotion of translating evidence-based dietary guidelines into routine clinical practice.
- explain the difference between dietary guidelines intended for the general population and dietary guidelines intended for treatment of disease or disease-related symptoms, as well as describe the type of scientific evidence on which the disease-related guidelines are based.
- describe the physiological mechanisms behind non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and how they relate to dietary factors.
- suggest evidence-based nutrition therapy to an individual suffering from disease.
- discuss how nutrient recommendations for specific diseases can be translated into foods.
- discuss factors that affect an individual's eating behaviour, such as gender, psychosocial, cultural, economic and environmental factors.
- reflect on the importance of a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of NCDs.
- reflect on ethical aspects of the treatment of diseases related to lifestyle and psychosocial factors.
- discuss how popular/alternative diets relate to existing evidence and established dietary guidelines.
- discuss future perspectives of precision nutrition, based on scientific evidence.
The course deals with the importance of diet for individuals suffering from the global non-communicable diseases (NCDs). During the course, the different diseases are discussed considering different aspects of relevance when providing nutrition therapy to individuals, such as physiological mechanisms, psychosocial, cultural and economic factors, including global aspects. During the course, the understanding of the scientific evidence for nutrition therapy of disease is emphasised.
This course consists of seminars, group work, discussion of clinical cases, workshops, lectures, individual assignments and discussions and providing feedback on fellow-student´s group work.
The examination consists of seminars (graded Pass/Fail) and an individual written assignment (graded Pass with distinction/Pass/Fail). To pass the course, all assignments must fulfil the criteria for Pass. Final grade is based on the individual written assignment. The grading criteria for all examinations are provided in the study guide or on Canvas.
In the case a student fails an assignment, the individual written assignment can be complemented to get a Pass. The assignment can be resubmitted a maximum of five more times. After six failed assignments, no further examination opportunities will be given for that assignment. If the student has not submitted complementation at given deadline, grad Fail is given. A student who has failed two examinations for a course or part of a course, is entitled to have another examiner appointed unless special reasons speak against it.
Group work and some seminars are compulsory. The examiner assesses if and, in that case, how absence from compulsory parts can be compensated. Before the student has participated in all compulsory parts or compensated absence according with the examiner's instructions, the student's study results cannot be finalized. Absence from acompulsory activity may result in that the student cannot compensate absence until the next time the course is given.
If there are special reasons, or need for adaptions for a student with a disability, the examiner may decide to depart from the syllabus's regulations on examination form, number of examination opportunities, possibility of complementation of or exemption from compulsory activities, etc. Content and learning outcomes as well as the level of expected skills, knowledge and abilities must not be altered, removed or lowered.
The course language is English.
A course evaluation will be conducted according to guidelines decided by the Board of Higher Education at KI. Oral evaluation will be carried out during the course.
Literature and other teaching aids
Reports, articles and other prescribed literature are listed at course start and will be available electronically.