Applied Nutrition for Health HUG4046


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

There is increasing interest in nutrition amongst healthcare professionals, with much media discussion regarding low levels of nutritional education being received by health professionals in the UK. Several NICE guidelines now stipulate that healthcare professionals should discuss nutrition with patients. In addition, there is an increased expectation that health professionals can deliver health promotion messages to their service users.

Module Code: HUG4046
Level: 7
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 (For all modules running from September 2020 - August 2021)

Who is this module for?

This module is intended as either a standalone CPD module, or an optional module offered to students on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. There are no prerequisites or specific module restrictions. This module is intended to enable professionals in other areas of healthcare to gain knowledge and skills in nutrition, in line with a ‘Making Every Contact Count’ agenda.

What are the key aims of the programme?

This module aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to disseminate nutritional recommendations for 'optimal' health. It will also allow health professionals to critically analyse the impact of nutrition on health status, from pre-conception to older age. The role of nutrition across the life course will be explored, enabling students to critically appraise the impact of nutrition on health and health status.

How Will I Study?

The module is designed to build on existing knowledge, taking a blended learning approach using the virtual learning environment (Blackboard) in conjunction with face-to-face practical sessions and workshops.

What will I study?

The module includes scope of practice, critical evaluation of methods of nutritional assessment and critical discussion of dietary reference values and their application. Module content also includes nutritional composition of foods enabling health practitioners to critically evaluate population diet and health recommendations, to enable them to translate these into practical advice. Included is the critical discussion of nutritional causes and prevention of non-communicable diseases and the critical discussion of social, psychological and economic influences and on health and health equalities.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for this module will be in the form of a recorded oral presentation along with an online test using a case study approach (2000 words).

On successful completion you will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive analytical understanding of the role of diet and nutrient intake on health throughout the lifespan, focusing on a particular population group.
  • Critically evaluate the role of nutrients in key physiological processes underpinning human growth, development and repair throughout the lifespan.
  • Critically evaluate the formulation of practical advice considering the complex factors that can influence health throughout the lifespan.

Study Dates and Venues

HUG4046 (Feb 2021)

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Sun 31st Jan 2021

Session Times:
Study dates, times and format are still to be confirmed.

Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQ page.

For further information regarding module content, please contact the Module Coordinator:
Dr Claire Blennerhassett via email or by telephone on 01695 657027.


This module can be offered to candidates on a stand alone basis, or as an optional module to those who are currently studying or applying to undertake the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.