This programme has been specifically designed to cater to the needs of clinicians and other learners with a strong interest in the field of nutrition, diet and health, but who do not have previous formal training in this area. This accelerated learning experience will provide learners with a strong knowledge of nutritional science and of the role of nutrition in human health.
Session 1 focusses on the anatomy of the gut and its ancillary organs, and the processes of digestion and absorption. The nutritional physiology and biochemistry underpinning the interaction of nutrients with the human body is introduced, and gut pathologies in which these processes become disrupted are also discussed.
Session 2 addresses metabolism and bio-energetics. The processes by which the cells of the body derive energy from food are examined in detail. Clinical estimation of energy requirements is also discussed, with practical examples to illustrate these principles. Metabolic disorders including diabetes mellitus and inborn errors of metabolism are additionally discussed in this section.
Session 3 discusses the role of the macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) in normal metabolism and in common pathological disorders. This section also includes a section outlining the role of genetics in metabolism and disease. For each of the pathological conditions discussed, dietary interventions focussed on the manipulation of macronutrient intake will be examined.
Session 4 discusses in detail the role of the fat soluble vitamins (e.g. vitamin A and vitamin D) and water soluble vitamins (e.g. folate, vitamin C) in health and disease. For each of these vitamins, their physiological role in the body will be examined. Deficiency syndromes, priority population groups, toxicity, nutrient requirements and sources of the different vitamins are explored in detail.
Session 5 comprehensively discusses the role of minerals (e.g. iron, calcium, zinc etc.) in health and disease. For each of these minerals, their physiological role in the body will be examined. Again, the deficiency syndromes, priority population groups, toxicity, requirements and sources of the different minerals are explored in detail.
Session 6 introduces key concepts in applied nutrition. Dietary assessment, the nutrient profile of different food groups and the relative nutritional contributions made by these food groups will be explored in detail. The nutritional effects of food storage, preparation and cooking, and how to address these aspects of nutrient depletion are also discussed.
Session 7 continues the theme of applied nutrition by examining the nutritional priorities of different population groups. This lifecycle nutrition element of the programme explores nutritional issues in pregnancy, lactation, childhood, adolescence and old age, as well as assessing the nutritional issues of key relevance in vegetarian and vegan diets.
Session 8 distils the prior learning from Sessions 1-7 into a critical appraisal of existing food-based dietary guidelines and recommendations. The scientific rationale for these guidelines is discussed in relation to prevailing population intakes. To conclude the programme, practical interventions for the treatment and prevention of chronic disease are explored from the public health perspective.
By the end of the course, learners will have a sound knowledge of the part played by nutrition, diet and lifestyle in health and disease. This will include a detailed knowledge of the mechanisms by which specific nutrients, foods and diets influence human physiological function. This knowledge will equip learners to distinguish between fact and fallacy in this exciting area, and to apply this knowledge in their own lifestyles and careers, and in advising others about their diet and health.