HNE-32306 Clinical Nutrition


Studiepunten 6.00

Problem-based learning16
Course coordinator(s)dr. JHM de Vries
E Siebelink
Lecturer(s)dr. JHM de Vries
dr. ir. NM de Roos
Examiner(s)dr. JHM de Vries

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

HNE-25806 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health I and HNE-26306 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health II or HNE-24306 Methodology Nutrition Research

Continuation courses:

Thesis or internship


The aim of this course is to increase the knowledge and insight of students into clinical nutrition and clinical research. The topics in this course are directly chosen in relation to the workfield of the clinical nutritionist. Important topics include: the specific demands and problems which occur in the design and the performance of studies in the clinical setting, the development of evidence-based treatments (treatment of patients which is supported by scientific evidence), the development of disease-specific nutrition and feeding, and advances in malnutrition, nutritional assessment, and other related topics. The working area of a clinical nutritionist might be the clinical industry or (academic) medical centers.

Learning outcomes:

After the course the student:
- knows the background and objectives of clinical nutrition;
- knows how nutritional status can be assessed by screening tools and clinical biochemical parameters;
- has insight into the determinants which affect nutritional assessment in the clinic and which may lead to undernutrition or malnutrition;
- has insight into the demands of disease specific feeding, including parenteral and enteral feeding;
- knows and can deal with the phases that lead to evidence based guidelines;
- has insight into the problems that occur in the design and performance of clinical studies.


- contact with supervisors 3-4 afternoons per week;
- attending lectures;
- working on dietary guidelines;
- participating in working groups;
- writing a protocol;
- giving presentations.


Written examination and group assignment.


A course reader will be available at WUR-Shop, Forum. Book: Greenhalgh T. How to read a paper.

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