Dietetics and Nutrition


Seminar, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

The students
• are able to explain the terms of moral, ethics, law and norm and can relate them to each other
• know about the necessity of perceiving each client in his/her life contexts and adapting their personal/professional course of action accordingly
• are able to deal with issues and tasks of ethics and provide decision-making support based on differentiated ethical considerations
• are familiar with the tasks and activities of the Ethics Commission and the patient ombudsman service
• recognise and reflect on ethical requirements in future daily practice
• discuss and reflect on ethical principles

Learning outcomes

Students acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge of sociology, ethics, health economics, ecology, public health, anthropology and professional principles, which allow them to recognise and understand the responsibilities, responsibilities, possibilities and limits of their independent medical-therapeutic work in the context of ethical, social, economic-political, ecological and institutional frameworks and developments. The students are also prepared for complex counselling situations (clients from other cultural backgrounds or in exceptional situations).

The students
• are enabled to work in multi-professional teams to develop sustainable solutions in the fields of preventive health care and public health and to provide nutritional advice as part of health promotion and prevention
• understand the interrelations between individual health and diet on the one hand and social, cultural, economic and ecological factors on the other and can communicate this understanding to others
• understand how their profession is embedded in the Austrian healthcare system
• are able to realistically assess their own skills in terms of the technical, organisational, coordination and administrative requirements of the profession
• are able to take cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into account in their professional work
• are able to work in accordance with economic and ecological principles
• contribute to the further development of the profession

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant current primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Counselling Technique 2

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment