Medical Nutrition Therapy

DET70003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 53 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


50cp in MA-DIET Master of Dietetics

Aims and objectives

This unit will explore client-centred medical nutrition therapy, incorporating topics and activities focussed on both the management of disease through dietary changes and improving health and wellbeing. It will focus on the management of chronic conditions and working with an ageing population, and will explore dietary management of some acute conditions. This unit will also provide students with practical food preparation experience utilising the teaching kitchen where they will develop strategies and prepare food/s in line with their medical nutrition therapy recommendations.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Evaluate and apply various nutrition screening tools.
2. Collect and interpret nutrition assessment data to determine the nutrition status of healthy individuals and those with selected acute and chronic medical conditions.
3. Make nutrition diagnoses and develop client-centred nutrition management plans based on interpretation of nutrition assessment data for healthy individuals and those with selected acute and chronic medical conditions.
4. Apply knowledge of diseases and conditions to the dietetic case management of individuals.
5. Develop behaviour change strategies and formulate food/recipes in line with medical nutrition therapy recommendations.
6. Reflect on own learning and skill development in individual dietetic case management, and develop
personal learning goals.

Courses with unit

Master of Dietetics