Course Title: Nutrition Medicine in Disease Management 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nutrition Medicine in Disease Management 1

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 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011

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 2090

Course Description

This course consists of 2 modules plus compulsory attendance at Residential School 1 and initiates the study of Nutrition Medicine in specific disease management. The first module more closely examines the role of nutrient status in cardiovascular disease and the dietary/nutrient interventions shown to be beneficial in management of cardiovascular disease. The second module examines the nutritional factors involved in the development of insulin resistance, the pathways by which this leads to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes and looks at the Nutrition Medicine interventions used to retard or remediate this problem.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will devlop the ability to formulate and utilise balanced, effective and integrated dietary/nutrient programs in the management of of common endocrine disorders in a responsible manner consistent with best ethical clinical practice.

On completion of these modules, you will be able to:
1) Understand how dietary and nutritional factors are involved in the development of common cardiovascular and respiratory disease conditions
2) Appreciate how common cardiovascular and respiratory disease states affect cellular and tissue metabolism and nutrient demand
3) Understand the rationales behind the use of dietary and nutrient interventions to modulate the disease processes that occur cardiovascular and respiratory disorders
4) Understand how dietary and nutritional factors are involved in the development of insulin resistance, obesity and Syndrome X
5) Formulate and utilise responsible Nutrition Medicine protocols to retard and/or remediate the process of insulin resistance and in the management of obesity
6) Appreciate the involvement of nutritional factors in the development of both Insulin-Dependent and Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes and the nutrient demands imposed by the metabolic disturbances induced by diabetes

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Overview of Learning Resources

Study Guide, RMIT Library for access to Course Readings, Prescribed textbooks, Internet

Overview of Assessment

1 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