Dietetics and Nutrition

Nutritional Therapy and Dietetics in Childhood and Adolescence

Integrated course, 4.00 ECTS


Course content

The course provides fundamental knowledge of
• nutritional problems (premature infants, malnutrition),
• artificial nutrition in childhood,
• food intolerance and allergies,
• congenital metabolic disorders,
• nutrition of oncological patients, cardiovascular system, gastroenterology, diabetes mellitus, nephrology, burns, intensive care, special forms (e.g. ketogenic diet, oligoantigenic diet)

Food choice in diet forms such as
• high-calorie diet,
• low-energy diet,
• gluten-free diet,
• cow’s milk free diet,
• ketogenic diet,
• nutrition in the case of congenital metabolic disorders,
• nutrition of oncological patients,
• diets defined by protein, electrolytes, carbohydrates and fat,
• nutrition in the case of burns,
• dietetic treatment of gastroenteritis, obstipation, gastro-oesophageal reflux, malabsorption syndrome etc. ,

Recommended literature:
Specialist literature (latest editions):
Müller, Praktische Diätetik in der Pädiatrie
Mönch, Link, Diagnostik und Therapie bei angeborenen Stoff-wechselstörungen
Dokoupil, Riemann, Diät bei angeborenen Fettstoffwechselstörungen und ketogene Diät
Müller, Kohlenhydrat- und Energie-Stoffwechsel in der Pädiatrie

Lecture, group work, presentations, discussion and exercises

Learning outcomes

Students learn to combine their dietetic knowledge and skills with knowledge of medicine, nutritional physiology and other relevant disciplines and implement this combined knowledge in the design of specific diets as well as in consulting and treatment of various disorders, especially concerning metabolism, the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts as well as in oncological diseases.
On completion of the module students will be able to:
--> implement the dietetic process as part of the medical process in accordance with doctor’s instructions and in compliance with Sec. 2 (4) of the Allied Health Professions Act (MTD-G);
--> identify the health problem of the patient, extract information relevant to nutritional medicine from clinical findings and, if necessary, collect additional medically relevant information in consultation with the doctor in charge;
--> define the necessary dietetic measures and determine the nutritional status using anthropometric or other measurement methods;
--> prepare a detailed report and assessment of dietetic requirements based on symptoms, nutritional anamnesis and therapeutically relevant data and draw conclusions for dietetic therapy;
--> prepare a dietetic therapeutic concept, define therapeutic objectives and appropriate treatment measures and plan the corresponding therapy units in accordance with doctor’s instructions;
--> carry out therapies in accordance with professional and scientific findings and experiences;
--> prepare and implement therapeutic concepts for patients receiving parenteral nutrition;
--> process nutritional information for individuals and groups of persons, provide dietetic processes and nutritional advice within the scope of health promotion and prevention
--> recognise the scope of competence of other health professions and other professions and work together in multi-professional teams;
--> document the course of treatment and analyse and evaluate the results.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Assessment methods and criteria

written/oral exam