MEDI 7022 Nutritional Aspects of Allergic Diseases

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401251

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Description Dietary and nutritional aspects of allergic diseases often need consideration in patient management. This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of nutritional fundamentals and requirements especially for children and adults with food allergy. Online learning materials and case discussion facilitated by an experienced dietitian will promote essential knowledge and practical skills. Modules will provide the latest evidence on nutritional basics, weight management, diagnosis and management of food allergies and intolerances, food labelling, and early infant feeding recommendations. This content will complement the clinical experiences in the Master of Medicine (Allergic Diseases) and enhance clinical allergy practice.

School Medicine

Discipline Internal Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 3 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MEDI 7002 AND
MEDI 7003 OR
MEDI 7001

Co-requisite(s) MEDI 7009


Students must be enrolled in Master of Medicine (Allergic Diseases). Students must be medical practitioners registered with AHPRA or the New Zealand Medical Board.

Assumed Knowledge

A completed medical degree (MBBS, MBChB or equivalent qualification) is required and current practice as a clinician is desirable to successfully undertake this subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Explore nutritional fundamentals and requirements for patients with allergic diseases.
  2. Examine feeding recommendations for children with and without food allergies.
  3. Determine best evidence to assess and manage nutritional aspects of allergic diseases.
  4. Use evidence-based resources to enhance learning in the nutritional aspects of allergic diseases.

Subject Content

This subject consists of four modules covering:
- Nutritional fundamentals and bone health
- weight management and The effect of Corticosteroids
- restrictive diets and supplementation, particularly for children with food allergies
- food intolerances
- food labelling
- early feeding recommendations
- evidence for food chemicals and additives causing allergy
- tests for food allergy


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short quiz x4 (1 per module) 30 minutes each S/U Y Individual
Participation x4 100 words each 20 Y Individual
Case study 300 words 30 Y Individual
Essay 2,000 words 50 Y Individual

Teaching Periods

1st Half



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