Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Professor Mike Toole


Alfred Hospital

  • Term 3 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


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.


Group presentation based on case study (20 minutes) (20%)
Exam (1.5 hours) (30%)
Annotated bibliography (4,000 - 4,500 words) (50%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 day block mode.

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Chief examiner(s)


Basic computer proficiency.

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