NZ Diploma in Holistic Nutrition Course Prescriptors
Year 1 – Semester 1
Anatomy & Physiology 1 (Level 5, 15 credits)
Nutrition History and Philosophy (Level 5, 15 credits)
Clinical Skills (Level 5, 15 credits)
Biochemistry of Foods (Level 5, 15 credits)
Year 1 – Semester 2
Anatomy & Physiology 2 (Level 5, 15 credits)
Nutrition 1 (Level 5, 15 credits)
Nutritional Pathophysiology (Level 6, 15 credits)
Sports and Exercise Nutrition (Level 5, 15 credits)
Year 2 – Semester 1
Pathophysiology 1 (Level 6, 15 credits)
Nutrition 2 (Level 6, 15 credits)
Clinical Nutrition (Level 6, 15 credits)
Preclinic (Level 6, 15 credits)
Year 2 – Semester 2
Community Practice (Level 6, 10 credits)
Clinical Practice (Level 6, 50 credits)
NZ Diploma in Holistic Nutrition – How it weaves together
Your study begins with Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 which provide the fundamental understanding of the human body’s structure and function. This is built upon in Nutritional Pathophysiology which covers digestive disorders and introduces basic microbiology and the microbiome. Pathophysiology in Year Two covers other relevant diseases, disorders and syndromes.
Nutrition History and Philosophy provides students with an appreciation of the historical context and philosophical underpinnings of holistic nutrition. Māori and Pasifika models of health will be fully explored. Biochemistry of Foods introduces the macronutrients and the relationship between food and the body’s biochemical processes. This is expanded upon in Nutrition 1 which delves into the vitamins and minerals and Nutrition 2 which covers nutrition for specific groups and needs. Sports and Exercise Nutrition takes a specialised approach for the unique nutritional needs of athletes and those engaging in physical activity. Clinical Nutrition equips students with the expertise needed to integrate their knowledge to create personalised nutrition plans for clients. Research underpins all of these courses leading to an evidence-based approach to holistic nutrition.
From the first semester students begin to develop their Clinical Skills and how to effectively interact with a variety of clients in an Aotearoa health context. Preclinic provides students with the opportunity to prepare for clinical practice and to explore contemporary professional issues, including boundaries and risk management.
The program culminates in Community Practice and Clinical Practice which provides students with the opportunity to work directly with clients in real clinical settings, under supervision, integrating their knowledge and clinical skills to make a positive impact on individuals’ health.