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MEDI6067 Assessment of Nutritional Status

Module Overview

This module develops your understanding and competency in assessing the nutritional health and wellbeing of groups or populations.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Differentiate between research methods of enquiry that are appropriate for creating and interpreting data and information in public health nutrition.
  • Explain the interplay amongst metabolic demands, food intake, body composition, and functional capacity in the nutritional status of individuals and groups.
  • Defend and rationalise the different approaches and evidence-base needed to establish energy and nutrient requirements, and how they may be used to assess risk and inform policy and programme development and evaluation
  • Define and rationalise the different approaches to assessing nutritional status, how they may influence the design of surveillance programmes and intervention studies, and the interpretation of information of nutritional status that may be available.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the theory and methods of assessment of nutritional status at group, community and population level in terms of the dietary intake and pattern of food consumption; structure as size, shape and body composition; physical activity; and function as micronutrient status, physiological and metabolic capacity.
  • Explain the biological basis for determining nutrient and energy requirements and how these requirements are used as the basis for deriving the dietary reference values, and justify their application for individuals and groups.
  • Discuss appropriate methods for assessing energy and nutrient requirements and nutritional status of groups and populations.
  • Assess diet, food and nutrient intakes, and physical activity in groups, communities, and populations in relation to nutrient requirements and reference values, and identify at-risk groups.
  • Explain, demonstrate, and assess competency of self and others in the measurement of height, weight, and waist circumference, assessment of growth, assessment of the diet, and assessment of physical activity.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Look at and explain public health issues though a nutrition lens.
  • Read critically empirical based research literature.
  • Use myfood24 for dietary analysis.
  • Discuss dietary requirements in the context of nutrition-related health.


• Basic concepts of nutrition: energy and nutrients, balance, supply and demand, essentiality, limiting nutrients, satisfying the demand, adaptation, requirements and recommendations. • Dietary reference values. • Assessment of nutritional status: diet, structure and function, indicators, and proxies. • Measuring body composition and assessing growth. • Assessing food and nutrient intakes. • Nutritional health and wellbeing of the nation. • Activity and health (including estimating energy requirements). • Assessing physical activity.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning strategies will include: formal lectures, workshops, and practice based learning. The emphasis will be on student centred learning in which you will be supported by a wide range of resources. Staff, tutors and colleagues will support your professional learning. Delivery will be through MS Teams and BB collaborate with pre-recorded lectures uploaded for students to listen to and access in their own time.

Independent Study160
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Susan A. Lanham-New et al (2019). Introduction to Human Nutrition. . 

e book central.

Department of Health (1991). Dietary reference values for Food energy and nutrients for the United Kingdom. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment includes both formative and summative elements. The summative assessment comprises: i) individual written assignment on dietary requirements and ii) demonstrable competencies in measurement and assessment of (a) growth, (b) diet and (c) physical activity. The formative assessments includes: i) group presentation on dietary requirements and ii) workshop linked to written summative assignment. The pass mark for the written assignment and module is 50%, and both the written assignment and competencies must be passed to pass the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


Workshop activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Demonstrable competency 
Demonstrable competency 
Demonstrable competency 
Individual assignment  (1750 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Demonstrable competency 
Demonstrable competency 
Demonstrable competency 
Individual assignment  (1750 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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