100% online diploma. Evidence-based. Practical.
Below is a quick outline of the modules as part of our Diploma in Applied Nutrition. Each module has been developed based on facts, not fads and puts the knowledge of how to eat and live better in your hands. Reading materials, video tutorials, animations and access to a large online community of fellow students will support you on your health journey. Use this knowledge for your own health or in your business.
Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
This module tackles one of the most worrying health challenges arising today. It explores the anatomy and physiology involved in blood sugar regulation, and hormonal responses to food. We then explore how challenges to this and physiological breakdown of this system can manifest into several serious clinical presentations. This information is then applied in a practical context – how to structure a diet for both prevention and intervention.
The Immune System
This module explores one of the most pivotal parts of our survival – our immunity. We discuss anatomy and physiology, explore the many cell lines of the immune system and what they do and how they do it. We also discuss the different types of immunological response. Then, it's time to explore the way in which diet and nutrition can influence immunity, and how to incorporate this knowledge into a daily diet.
The Heart and Circulatory System
This module explores the biggest killer of the western world – cardiovascular disease. A very detailed module with a great deal of anatomy and physiology, we explore the workings of this system, and the multiple, complex and interlinking stages of disease process that can arise . We show the influence diet has upon cardiovascular health and how it impacts disease processes and also forms part of the therapeutic spectrum. Then as always this is translated into dietary strategies.
Joints and Bones
This module explores the anatomy and physiology of the bones and joints, the development and maintenance of bone, and the nutritional requirements for this maintenance. We also explore issues that can arise within the joints and how diet and lifestyle may contribute to this, and how diet may offer potential benefits in the management of joint issues.
The Digestive System & Common Digestive Issues
The digestive system is the system most immediately affected by diet, and the state of our diet today brings with it a huge amount of dietary woes. After exploring the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, and understanding the digestion and absorption of food and nutrients, we move on to issues such as bloating, to IBS, to more serious inflammatory bowel diseases.
The Skin and Skin Disorders
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It has its own nutritional needs and responds to its own nutritional interventions. After exploring the anatomy and physiology of the skin we look at key nutrients for managing skin health and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. We also examine the impact of diet on the key structures of the skin and the rate of degradation of those structures affecting the ageing process.
Food and Mood
One area that is most often overlooked when it comes to diet, is the impact that it can have upon our mind and mood, yet the evidence for the impact that this can have is overwhelming. As always, we start with the anatomy and physiology, before exploring pathophysiology of the more common, less serious mental issues and how food and nutrition relates to this, both causative and preventative.
Your final assignment consists of a short case study and creation of a weeks menu plan. For the menu plan you choose one of the modules and create a week of meals to support that health area. As an appendix to your meal plan you must explain the theory and nutritional science for the functional ingredients you use. You can choose a general health area e.g. digestive health or something more detailed e.g. IBS
“As someone who works full time and hasn't studied in over 13 years, I've just completed the 'Food and Mood' module and loved it. This course is flexible, informative and I have really enjoyed it! Can't believe it's almost over but look forward to the possibility of additional modules.”
Roveena, Senior Healthcare Manager