This unit (HHN2402) will cover the aetiology and prevention of non-communicable diseases affecting the health of populations in developed nations. During this unit, students will have the opportunity to learn about human nutrition and its relationship to health and disease, particularly metabolic syndrome. The topics include, but are not limited to: obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and mental health. Students will be able to summarise the key issues and role of nutrition in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


RBM1528 - Human Physiology 2 and HHN2001- Family Health and Nutrition Through the Lifespan (applicable for HBNT, HCND students ONLY) OR RBM1518 - Human Physiology 1 and HPC1000 - Introduction to Human Nutrition and Food (applicable to HUDH students ONLY) OR HHN2001 - Family Health and Nutrition Through the Lifespan OR HBM2103 - Digestion, Nutrition and Metabolism

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Relate the risk factors, prevalence and consequences of chronic diseases to individuals and the wider community;  
  2. Interpret, translate and critically review diet, health and lifestyle factors that may assist in preventing chronic diseases; and  
  3. Interrogate selected nutritional problems from the perspective of both the individual and the wider community.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test 2 MCQ Tests (session 3, 20mins, 5%; session 11, 50mins, 15%) 20%
Case Study Case study on selected topic (1000 words) 40%
Presentation Group Presentation and defence of a scientific poster (10 minutes; 20%) with individual 300-word abstract (20%). 40%

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

Study a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree. Learn more about single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.