Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedAlfred Hospital Term 3 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Mike Toole


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


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should 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. understanding the determinants and different elements of household and community food security.


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

Workload requirements

6 day block mode.

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Chief examiner(s)


Basic computer proficiency.

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