Nutrition and Chronic Disease

Course Information

These course outlines are a guide only. They are provided for the information of prospective students. Although every effort is made to ensure the most up to date information is provided, timetables often change each semester due to the availability of rooms and resources. Content (including lecture/practical topics, assessment and textbooks) is also regularly reviewed to ensure relevance and effective learning.

Unit of Study Overview

Please note that this Unit of Study will be discontinued effective 2013.

This unit of study examines the relationship and evidence for the role of nutrition and diet in the etiology of chronic diseases, such as cancer, coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, dental caries and osteoporosis, from a public health and epidemiological perspective, in developed and developing countries. It also investigates the current nutrition policies and guidelines that are aimed at preventing these diseases at a population level. Students will also get an opportunity to examine current popular fad diets and their implications, and develop a foundation of knowledge in debating, media, communication and counselling skills in the context of nutrition education and dietetic practice. The delivery of course material involves lectures, tutorials, workshops and presentation sessions.

Course Coordinator Contact Details

Ms Katherine Jukic

Room: 480



Credit average in NUTR2911 and NUTR2912


Lectures: Wednesdays 1.00pm-3.00pm, Carslaw Lecture Theatre 375

Tutorials/workshops/presentations: Thursdays 9.00am-12.00pm, Watt Lecture Room 109


Mann J & Truswell AS (Editors). Essentials of Human Nutrition, 3rd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Lecture Outlines

  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Hypertension
  • Oral Health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Food Policies
  • Food and Nutrition Systems
  • Nutrient Reference Values
  • Dietary Guidelines
  • Food Fortification
  • Nutrition in Developing Countries
  • Fad Diets
  • Communications and dietary counselling

Practical Course

  • Fad Diets – lab and presentations
  • Debates
  • Communications and counselling workshops
  • Media workshop


One 3.0-hour end-of-semester exam, plus assignments on Fad Diets and Debates.