PHPS40900 Med for Clin Nutr & Dietetics

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will provide students with medical, pharmacology and surgical knowledge that is required to practise as a dietitian in non-acute and acute settings. The module will focus on areas of pathophysiology, pharmacology and medical practice in which nutrition and dietetics play an important role. This is a core module for the MSc (level 9) in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and successful completion is a pre-requisite for the MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Placement modules.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:
i. describe the pathophysiology in a range of conditions pertinent to dietetic practice
ii. identify and appreciate the role of commonly prescribed drugs for the management of medical conditions for which nutrition/dietetic interventions are required
iii. understand drug-nutrient interactions for commonly prescribed medications
iv. demonstrate medical knowledge and understanding relevant to conditions commonly managed in dietetics practice
v. demonstrate an ability to integrate medical knowledge with dietetic practice and interventions

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, including specialist guest lectures.
Student research and writing with critical appraisal of the medical and nutrition literature.
Student presentations.
Class discussions.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Two online MCQ assessments, assessing the breadth of the theoretical course content. One mid-trimester (10%) and one end of trimester (10%). Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Presentation: Case presentation of an assigned clinical condition. In pairs, students present their cases on the medical and nutrition management to lecturer(s) and the class. Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Examination: Long questions (answer 2/3) on the medical and nutrition management of assigned case studies 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Assignment: A commentary on an assigned clinical condition to include the medical, pharmacological, and/or surgical management as well as nutrition and dietetic considerations for treatment/management. Week 12 n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Clinical Case Commentary Assignment: The module co-ordinator marks students' assigned clinical case commentary, providing a grade and written, individual feedback. Class Presentation in Pairs: The module co-ordinator assesses the quality of presentations including the content, relevance, accuracy, use of peer-reviewed literature, visual, verbal and non-verbal communication tools, and presentation effectiveness. Written feedback on components of the presentation are provided to student pairs. Examination: Feedback is available, and on request students may obtain feedback on their examination.

Name Role
Assoc Professor John Baugh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Billy Bourke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sarah Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Fiona McGillicuddy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jessica Ralston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Helen Roche Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mrs Ruth Charles Tutor
Mrs Kara Cullen Tutor
Ms Nicola Dervan Tutor
Ms Niamh Landy Tutor
Caoileann Murphy Tutor
Miss Annelie Shaw Tutor