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Food: Nutrition and Malnutrition

In the medical sciences, you will cover the anatomy and physiology of the renal and gastrointestinal systems. This will underpin the knowledge and understanding needed for study of nutrition, metabolism and disease, covering topics such as digestion, absorption of macronutrients, nutritional principles and energy, impact of malnutrition, obesity and diabetes. You will also consider multigenerational effects of malnutrition on reproduction and health.

In the health sciences, the role of the World Health Organisation and Public Health England will be introduced as it relates to the global health problems of hunger, malnutrition, obesity and diabetes. You will consider the role of the food industry, dietary choices, food safety and the role of media through use of examples. The lens of responsibility and influence will be used to view many of the discussions taking place in this module.

The cases in this module will explore contemporary examples of dietary choice with regard to health and sustainability. Factors such as influence and parental responsibility will also be discussed through a case involving childhood obesity.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. Develop a broad understanding of the key concepts, principles and theories, which will support a multidisciplinary approach to understanding of local and global problems surrounding nutrition and malnutrition
  2. Use anatomical and physiological information about the GI and renal systems to inform an understanding of diet and metabolism
  3. Explore the concepts of food availability, food safety and regulation of the food industry locally and globally
  4. Interpret the evidence of multigenerational effects of malnutrition on reproduction and health
  5. Identify patterns associated with food related diseases and the burden on society
  6. Discuss public health, legislation and policies with regard to nutrition related condition
  7. Develop and use strategic planning and reasoning skills to engage with others to individually or collectively put forward structured ideas that can have a positive influence on local and global challenges in health



7 weeks

Teaching methods

You will learn through a mix of lectures, group discussions, interactive presentations, case based learning and technology enhanced learning.


1 x Written review of evidence

1 x Synoptic exam

1 x Multiple choice question paper