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HSN703 - Diet and Disease

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

H511, H517 and H714 students: enrol in Cloud (online) mode

H748 students: enrol in Campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne)

All other students: contact your enrolment officer to discuss enrolling in Campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit chair:

Gunveen Kaur



Incompatible with: HSN301
Contact hours:

Campus: 5 x 2 hour seminars per trimester

Cloud (online): 1 x 1.5 hour online recorded classes per week and online independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 x 1 hour cloud (online) seminars per trimester


This unit concentrates on major nutrition-related components of the major non-communicable diseases that affect the health of developed nations. Topics include: the metabolic syndrome, obesity (regulation of energy balance, health consequences, best practice dietary interventions); cardiovascular disease (atheroma pathophysiology, lipoprotein metabolism, dietary management); type 2 diabetes (T2D) (the role of diet and physiological mechanisms in the pathogenesis and treatment of T2D); nutrient-gene interactions (epigenetic methylation, histone modifications and single nucleotide polymorphisms); mental health (role of nutrients in the brain and effect on several significant mental health pathologies) and cancer (dietary components as indicators, promoters or protective agents).


Assessment task 1: Four online MCQ Tests 20%

Assessment task 2: Assignment 1: (1500 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Assignment 2 (2500 words) 50%

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