Medical Nutritional Therapy 2

    Unit code: HHN6001 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    HHN4002 - Medical Nutritional Therapy 1
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Dietitians play an integral role in the treatment and management of acute and chronic illness. This unit will allow students to develop knowledge and skills in the managements of conditions, including, but not limited to, gastrointestinal diseases, kidney disease, immunological diseases, critical care and neurological conditions. 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 conditions. The identification and treatment of disease related malnutrition, refeeding syndrome and nutrition support practices will also be addressed.

    Learning Outcomes

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

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


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Online test (2) (30mins each)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 15%
    Individual case study presentation (5mins)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 30%
    Case study report (2000 words)
    Assessment type: Examination
    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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