HAR6215: Nutrition in Health and Disease

The Nutrition in Health and Disease module is led by Vanessa Halliday. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.



The Nutrition in Health and Disease module is led by Vanessa Halliday. It runs in the Spring semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

This module is available as a CPD option

This module is not available as a DDP module


This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of nutrition through the lifespan in relation to health and disease. In particular, the content of the module considers what our nutritional requirements are, how we determine nutritional status of an individual and how nutritional recommendations are adapted dependent on certain common conditions including obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Interactive sessions and case-based activities are used to demonstrate how evidence based practice is used in real world scenarios.


This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of nutrition through the lifespan, contrasting how requirements change during health and disease.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Describe nutritional requirements and principles at different stages through the lifespan
  2. Discuss how nutritional practice changes during health and disease
  3. Justify appropriate nutritional strategies to manage various diseases and clinical conditions
  4. Critically discuss the use of nutritional assessment and interventions in practice
  5. Design and evaluate a diet plan
  6. Read and critically evaluate papers in the field of human nutrition
  7. Present research and practice information clearly and concisely in written format
  8. Evaluate and develop own communication and professionalism skills

Core competencies

The module covers core competencies required for accreditation of the MSc in Human Nutrition by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

This module addresses in depth the following AfN core competencies:
CC1e, CC1f, CC1g, CC1i, CC1j, CC1k, CC1n, CC1o, CC1q, CC2d, CC3a, CC3b, CC3c, CC3d, CC3f, CC3g, CC3h, CC3i, CC4h, CC5a, CC5b, CC5c, CC5d, CC5e

The module supports the learning of knowledge and acquisition of skills relating to aspects of the following AfN core competencies:
CC1a, CC1d, CC4a, CC4b, CC4c, CC4d, Cc4e, CC4f, CC4g, CC5f

Teaching methods

Learning outcomes 1-6 will be delivered by a combination of interactive lectures, group work activities, discussion, debates and self -study, providing students with opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding, critical evaluation and oral and written communication skills.

Students will achieve learning outcomes 7 and 8 by participation in the classroom activities, and through an online resource allowing them to develop a reflective portfolio of their academic and professional development which they will discuss with their personal tutors and comment upon in the coursework assignment.

All learning outcomes will be supported by additional self study resources in the virtual learning environment.

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