Course Description

Course Name

Nutritional Pathology and Metabolism

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Nutritional Pathology and Metabolism (BSMS307) presents introduction to nutrition related diseases in terms of pathophysiology and treatment, emphasizing dietary modification. It also provides an understanding of the principles and practice of clinical nutrition including nutrition assessment and the development of the nutrition care plan as a component of health care for individuals.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Recognize criteria for hospital admission of malnourished individuals
Perform initial assessment of the severely malnourished individuals
List the basic nutrients. Differentiate the structure of the micronutrients and macronutrients
Identify the physiological pathways and functions of the basic nutrients in the human body
Identify the relative amounts of nutrients required by individuals in different life stages by using the RDA table and the dietary goals
Identify problems related to dietary practices in hospital and community
Select appropriate processing and handling practices in order to retain nutrient content of foods and recognize interrelationships among nutrients
Discuss the scientific rationale for defining nutritional requirements in healthy individuals and populations, with reference to specific conditions such as pregnancy, lactation, and older age.
Present current evidence for the role of key nutrients in the prevention of chronic diseases.
Prerequisite course (not obligatory): Human Physiology, Basic Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry
Required Reading:
Pinna and Whitney. Nutrition & Therapy. Thomson 7th Ed.
Recommended Reading:
Rolfes, Pinna and Whitney. Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition. Thomson 8th Ed.

*Course content subject to change