Dietetics and Nutrition

Nutritional Therapy in Theory and Practice 3

Integrated course, 4.50 ECTS


Course content

The course provides content in the following topics:
• eating disorders
• stress/burnout/cerebral fitness
• dermatology
• disorders relevant to nutritional therapy and multiple manifestations,
• diagnostic options and necessities, courses of disease and prognosis,
• therapeutic options (e.g. pharmacological, surgical, psychological, nutritional therapy) and prospects of success,
• interrelation between symptoms, diagnosis, therapeutic options and approaches and necessity of cooperation with other professional groups
• interpretation of medical reports and diagnoses
• target parameters of nutritional therapy,
• evaluation of case examples based on the dietetic process
• effects of nutritional therapy on overall nutrient intake
• preparation of a nutritional therapy plan based on medical diagnosis, parameters relevant to the preparation of the nutritional therapy plan and diet implementation
• implementation of quality assurance measures within the scope of the dietetic process.

Recommended literature:
Specialist literature (latest editions):
Pudel, Praxis in der Ernährungsberatung
Heepe, Wigand, Lexikon Diätetische Indikationen,
Kasper, Urban Ernährungsmedizin und Diätetik
Götz, Rabast, Diättherapie
Leitzmann, Ernährung in Prävention und Therapie
Referenzwerte für die Nährstoffzufuhr – DACH, DGE, OGE
Biesalski, Ernährungsmedizin
Schauder, P. (Hrsg.), Ollenschläger G.(Hrsg.). Ernährungsmedizin, Prävention und Therapie. Elsevier

Lecture, own experience, case example, 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