Medical Nutritional Therapy 1

Unit code: HHN4002 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
240 credits from Bachelor of Nutritional Science OR Appropriate Bachelor degree for graduate entry students.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Dietitians play an integral role in the prevention and management of chronic disease. This unit will allow students to develop knowledge and skills in the management of chronic disease, including, but not limited to, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, respiratory and muscular-skeletal disorders. The pathophysiology, medical and surgical management will be explored along with the role of diet. Utilising case studies, scenarios and role plays, and through application of the Nutrition Care Process, students will develop skills in dietetic assessment, the identification and diagnosis of nutritional problems and set goals for the management of these. Patient-centred, interdisciplinary care planning skills will be developed.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review and articulate the pathophysiology and clinical management of chronic diseases;
  2. Assess and diagnose nutritional problems related to chronic disease through the application of the nutrition care process (NCP);
  3. Formulate and justify management goals and strategies for chronic diseases that are integrated with an overall patient care-plan;
  4. Articulate and record relevant information for dietetic care planning in relation to chronic diseases; and
  5. Exemplify in-person application of the nutrition care process.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
Dietary considerations for disease states (2 submissions) (Total 1600 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Individual case study presentation (5mins) and peer review (500 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 25%
Case study report (1500 words)
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 35%
OSCE (30mins) (hurdle)

Required reading

No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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