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MPH2054 - Nutritional issues in developing countries

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: A/Prof M Toole


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit will cover the following topics: human nutrition from an evolutionary perspective; nutrition and the life cycle; global determinants of population nutrition; determinants of community and household food security; measurement of population and individual nutrition status; nutritional deficiencies of public health importance; management of acute energy malnutrition; nutrition and infection; famine detection, prevention and mitigation; nutritional impact of demographic and epidemiologic transition; maintaining food security and good nutrition; food safety issues.


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

  1. identify and classify the major nutrients required for good human health and well-being;
  2. analyse the major global and local determinants of adequate human nutrition;
  3. assess the nutritional status of individuals and populations;
  4. diagnose and manage acute malnutrition in children and adults;
  5. identify the causative factors in the evolution of population nutrition emergencies;
  6. plan programs to rehabilitate malnourished communities and to maintain and strengthen household food security;
  7. understand the impact of rapid social, economic, and behavioural change on human nutrition in the form of chronic, non-communicable diseases.


Short answer examination (50%)
Written assignment (50%)

Contact hours

3 x 2 weekday contact hours and 3 x 7 weekend contact hours


Basic computer proficiency