Human Nutrition

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Nutrition

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Human Biology, Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Educational Aims: To introduce students to the physiological basis for requirements for macronutrients and micronutrients, causes and consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiency, assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status using clinical, biochemical and anthropometric indices, changes in nutrient requirements during pregnancy lactation and childhood, health consequences of obesity and its dietary management, the role of diet in the causation of cardiovascular disease, the significance of the food chain with regard to food safety, current dietary guidelines for the UK.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, a student will be able to:

    -identify the main physiological mechanisms addressed in each topic studied
    -describe the physiological mechanisms exploited by animals to achieve the specific functions or responses to challenges that are studied in this module
    -outline the main experimental approaches used for the study of the topics covered
    -compare the physiological strategies used by man and animals, evaluating their effectiveness in producing the specific functions or responses to challenges studied
    -encapsulate the essence of a comparative physiology topic, and explain it in writing to a non-expert audience
    -compose a short essay on one of the comparative topics covered, presenting some of the key experimental evidence, and explaining the physiological mechanisms involved

    Restrictions: This module is suitable for all 2nd year students within the School and is also suitable for 2nd and 3rd year nursing students. It requires a basic understanding of physiology and biochemistry.

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