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Nutrition in the Health Sector

Learn the fundamental concepts of food and nutrition and how this can be used to optimise wellbeing in the health sector.

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Nutrition in the Health Sector

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Discover how food impacts health and wellbeing with the University of Adelaide

On this four week course, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the relationship between food, diet, lifestyle, and health in the context of optimising practices in the health sector.

Examine key concepts in nutrition, from food groups to metabolism and absorption

You’ll take an in-depth look at food composition and nutrients, discovering their principal roles within the body and how this changes throughout a life cycle.

You’ll then investigate digestion, absorption, and metabolism in detail and their effects on energy levels and balance.

Optimise health and wellbeing practices

Blending theory with practice, you’ll link the concepts and theories explored with real-life scenarios, such as informing dietary guidelines and making nutrition calculations.

You’ll learn how to conduct nutrition assessments to help build a complete picture of a person’s health. You’ll investigate health inequities and nutritional challenges, and how these can be addressed.

Contextualising your knowledge by examining practices and guidance from around the world, you’ll learn how to gather evidence based nutrition data and assess its value.

Explore how optimum nutrition can reduce the risk of chronic disease

You’ll investigate health dietary patterns and identify how a poor diet contributes to increased risks of different diseases.

Exploring techniques such as recipe modification, you’ll gain skills in linking healthy eating guidelines, dietary intake, food supply, and disease, as well as developing approaches to guide patients towards healthy food choices.

Equipped with a range of useful techniques and approaches, you’ll finish this course able to deliver practical guidance and advice that will positively impact the health and wellbeing of your patients in the context of your healthcare setting.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Are you in the health, food or education sector? Then it’s in your interest to be well-informed about the relationship between food, nutrition and health. But, how do you do that? If you would like to advance your skills and knowledge, build your confidence in food and nutrition, then this is the course for you. Presented with a practical focus, this course will advance your understanding of food, nutrition and the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health. It will enrich your understanding of fundamental nutritional concepts, allowing you to feel confident that the decisions you make and the information you provide are underpinned by science. Enrol in Nutrition in the Health Sector from the University of Adelaide and help improve health and wellbeing today.


  • Week 1

    Food composition and nutrients

    • Getting started

      This activity includes all the information you will need to get started in this course.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      Let's take a look ahead to what we'll be covering this week.

    • Food composition and nutrients

      Food is composed of nutrient and non-nutrient components. Find out more about the six classes of nutrients in this activity.

    • Food group systems and dietary requirements

      This activity involves translating nutrient and energy recommendations into more user-friendly dietary goals and guidelines that can be used by us all to plan a healthy diet.

    • Life cycle nutrition

      Life cycle nutrition involves an understanding of dietary guidelines and standard food serves. Find out more in this activity.

    • Energy requirements and nutrient calculations

      Find out more details about energy requirements and nutrient calculations in this extension activity. The two articles in this activity are not core learning and will not be assessed.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Digestion, absorption and metabolism

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Let's look ahead to what we will be covering this week.

    • What happens to our food after eating?

      Have you ever wondered what happens to food after you eat it? Find out in this activity.

    • Energy and metabolism

      Required - Write one paragraph overview of this activity.

    • Energy balance

      What is energy balance? How does energy expenditure balance with energy in/energy out

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 3

    Nutrition assessment & optimising health and wellbeing

    • Introduction to Week 3

      Let's look ahead to what we will be covering this week.

    • Fundamentals of nutrition assessment & optimising health and wellbeing

      How is nutrition assessed? What can you do to optimise health and wellbeing across the lifespan? Find out more in this activity.

    • Health inequities and nutritional challenges

      Those working in the health sector deal with a number of health inequities and nutritional challenges. What are these inequities and what can be done to address them? Who is most at risk? Find out more in this activity.

    • Evidence-based nutrition data

      Required - Write a one-paragraph overview of this activity.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 4

    Decreasing risk of chronic disease

    • Introduction to Week 4

      Let's take a look ahead to what we'll be covering this week.

    • Introducing chronic disease (non-communicable diseases) and minimising risk

      What are the common chronic, non-communicable diseases? How can the risk of these occurring be minimised? Find out more in this activity.

    • Leading chronic conditions and dietary management strategies

      How can we manage chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity with dietary management strategies? How do we modify a dietary pattern to be healthier? Find out more in this activity.

    • Recipe modification, identifying fad diets and healthy dietary patterns

      How can recipes be modified to improve our health? What are fad diets, and how do you identify them? What do healthy dietary patterns look like across the globe? Find out more in this activity.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

    • What's next?

      Let's reflect on the learning explored in the course, and consider where to apply and further build on your new skills and knowledge.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify fundamental concepts of food and nutrition: food composition, nutrient recommendations, food group and healthy eating guidelines.
  • Explore the process involved in the digestion, absorption and metabolism of nutrients.
  • Describe the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle and health (optimising health and wellbeing and reducing risk of disease).
  • Apply knowledge of nutrition, lifestyle and health to real world scenarios.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for health professionals, nutritionists, and food scientists who wish to further their knowledge of nutrition and health eating guidelines in the context of healthcare provision.

It will also benefit those working more broadly in the health sector, food industry, or as food service professionals and educators.

Who will you learn with?

An Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the University of Adelaide and a member of the University's Education Academy. Also an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years of experience.

Who developed the course?

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution. They are committed to developing quality students and lifelong learners who are recognised for their skills, creativity, global outlook and ability to succeed.

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