Course Title: Clinical Nutrition - Nutritional Assessment and Prescription

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Nutrition - Nutritional Assessment and Prescription

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Prof Marc Cohen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT Bundoora West Campus BLD 202 Level 4, Room 14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Satisfactory completion of OHTH 2089

Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the common ways that diet and food interact with human biochemistry and physiology (body function), thereby promoting health or inducing functional disturbances that lead to the development of illness.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will acquire and develop the ability to assess individual nutritional status, including factors that contribute to dysfunctional metabolism, and become fluent in the ability to formulate and manage integrated nutritional programs to correct disease processes.

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Identify how biochemical dysfunction and impaired regulation of energy metabolism relates to development of disease and understand how to improve nutrient status to correct these biochemical disturbances.

2) Understand the basic composition of food and define the nutrient contribution of the major food groups and collect, collate and analyse data on food intake.

3) Perform a comprehensive clinical nutritional assessment, including dietary history and evaluation, clinical examination for nutrient deficiency and anthropometric assessment.

4) Understand the rationales and usage of therapeutic diets and nutrient supplements.

5) Formulate balanced and integrated dietary/nutrient programs to correct biochemical dysfunction and use these in a balanced and responsible manner consistent with ethical clinical practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Study Guide, Textbooks, Readings, Online Discussions, Residential School, Data Collection and Interpretation, Case studies

Overview of Learning Resources

Study Guide, Textbooks, Readings, Online Discussions, Residential School

Overview of Assessment

The course assessment will consists of
1. The satisfactory completion of two assignments
2. Participation in a minimum of 10 on-line discussions.
3. Attendance to at least 1 Residential School