This course serves as a way to further the knowledge of naturopathic practitioners by expanding their repertoire of treatment protocols. It primarily centers itself on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of patients via their nutritional changes which are linked to chronic conditions.

These are the specifications of Clinical Nutrition Course:

1. Awarding Institution / Body:
2. Teaching Institution:Online and distance learning, with tutor support
3. Programme Accredited by:
4. Final Award:Stand-alone Diploma
5. Programme title:Clinical Nutrition Diploma course
6. Course Code and level:BNHM6019n – Bachelor Level
7. Duration of programme:Maximum 12 months
8. Total number of study hours:Approximately 50 clock hours of study
9. Enrollment requirements:None
10. Enrollment date:Anytime
11. Fees:


  1. Lesson 1 – The Kidney
    • Acute renal failure
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Diabetic nephropathy
    • Nephrotic syndrome
    • Renal replacement therapy
    • Transplantation
  2. Lesson 2 – Nutritional and Metabolic Support in Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
    • The rationale for nutritional intervention in hematologic malignancies
    • Nutritional and metabolic support following HSCT
    • Perspectives on the future
  3. Lesson 3 – The Lung
    • Prevalence and consequences of weight loss and muscle wasting
    • Causes of weight loss and muscle wasting
    • The outcome of nutritional intervention
    • Acute lung injury
  4. Lesson 4 – Nutrition and Immune and Inflammatory Systems
    • The response of the immune system to activation
    • The effects of proinflammatory cytokines
    • Control systems for cytokines
    • Damaging and life-threatening effects of cytokines
    • Influence of malnutrition on key aspects of the cytokine response
    • Antioxidant defenses and their impact on immune and inflammatory systems in patients
    • Immunomodulatory effects of lipids
    • Route and content of nutritional provision and immune function and patient outcome
  5. Lesson 5 – The Heart and Blood Vessels
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Dietary lipids and coronary heart disease
    • Plasma lipoproteins
    • Lipoprotein metabolism
    • Other dietary factors and coronary heart disease
    • Diet and hypertension
    • Diet and stroke
    • Diet and peripheral vascular disease
    • Diet and chronic heart failure
    • Micronutrients and cardiovascular disease
  6. Lesson 6 – Nutritional Aspects of Disease Affecting the Skeleton
    • Overview of mineral ion homeostasis and bone metabolism
    • Age-appropriate biochemical reference ranges
    • Pharmaceutical agents commonly used in bone disease
    • Diagnostic imaging assessment of the skeleton
    • Rickets/osteomalacia (vitamin D deficiency)
    • Mineral ion homeostasis in preterm infants
    • Corticosteroid-induced bone disease
    • Post-transplant bone disease
    • Osteoporosis associated with chronic disease
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Senile osteoporosis
  7. Lesson 7 – Nutrition in Surgery and Trauma
    • The stress response to trauma and its effects on metabolism
    • Nutritional support in perioperative care
    • Feeding the severely traumatized patient
  8. Lesson 8 – Infectious Diseases
    • Human immunodeficiency virus infection
    • Tuberculosis
    • Malaria
    • Gastrointestinal infections
  9. Lesson 9 – Nutritional Support in Patients with Cancer
    • Section 1: Wasting syndrome in cancer
      • Definition and prevalence
      • Pathophysiology of cancer cachexia
    • Section ll: Nutritional support in cancer
      • Effect of nutritional support on nutritional status
      • Effects of nutritional support on clinical outcome
      • Oral nutritional supplementation
      • Effects of nutritional support on tumor growth
  10. Lesson 10 – Paediatric Nutrition
    • Growth
    • The impact of development on nutrition
    • Infant feeding
    • Preschool children
    • Schoolchildren and adolescents
    • Undernutrition in children
    • Nutrition as treatment
    • Overweight in children: fatness and ‘obesity’
  11. Lesson 11 – Cystic Fibrosis
    • Definition and pathology
    • Clinical features of cystic fibrosis
    • Malnutrition in cystic fibrosis
    • Other nutritional considerations in cystic fibrosis
    • Nutritional management
    • Vitamin supplementation in cystic fibrosis
    • Mineral status in cystic fibrosis
  12. Lesson 12 – Water and Electrolytes
    • Water, electrolytes, and body composition
    • Body water distribution
    • Body electrolyte content: distribution and exchangeable fractions
    • Intracellular water and the body cell mass concept
    • Regulation of body water compartments
    • Metabolic links: glucose, water, and sodium
    • Body water compartments in chronic starvation
    • Impact of acute pathological conditions on the ICW
    • Body water in acute illness
    • Water and electrolyte metabolism during refeeding
    • Implications of water and sodium metabolism in nutrition therapy for specific clinical conditions
  13. Lesson 13 – Illustrative Cases
    • Children
    • Anorexia of psychological origin and refeeding syndrome
    • Malnutrition in the older person
    • Bowel disease
    • Catabolic illness
    • Dysphagia
    • Obesity