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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)A/Prof M Toole


Food security & nutritional issues in developing countries, emphasising causal factors, field programs addressing famine & under nutrition.


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%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor M Toole

Contact hours

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


Basic computer proficiency

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