Principles of dietetics

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course will provide students with an understanding of:
-The nutritional needs of people in the various life stages. The life cycle groups are infancy, childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, lactation, and elderly.
- basic epidemiological concepts and application,
- Identify the nutrition as a tool for achievement of optimal health
Expected learning outcomes
The student will develop critical thinking skills in relation to the principles of dietetics, in order to favorably affect food consumption habits of people
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The program of the Principles of Dietetic includes the following topics:
· Scientific bases for estimating Dietary Reference Values of nutrients and energy for the Italian population (LARN), in male and female of different age .
· Guidelines for adequate nutrition and analysis of graphic representations such as the Food Pyramid and My plate.
· Energy and nutritional needs of the adult population, even in particular physiological conditions (pregnancy, breastfeeding), and in the elderly.
· Energy and nutritional needs in newborn, children, adolescents and athletes.
· Importance of diet in maintaining health status and preventing diet-related diseases.
· Critical evaluation of some eating styles.
Prerequisites for admission
To adequately address the contents of the course, it is important that students have acquired basic knowledge of human nutrition and biochemistry.
Teaching methods
The lessons are all frontal with the involvement of students also for the choice of specific topics to be developed within the objectives of the course.
Teaching Resources
There are no textbooks adequate for the topics covered. The slides of the lessons uploaded on the Ariel platform are available as reference material, as are the scientific publications shown on the slides accessible from the University Library.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The verification method is an oral test on the topics of the course. Students are invited to deepen, through the study of one or more scientific articles, a topic addressed in class. During the exam, in addition to the assessment of the knowledge of the topics covered in class, it is also evaluated the ability to understand the chosen scientific article and the ability to critically evaluate it. The final grade is given in thirtieths.
BIO/09 - PHYSIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 24 hours
Professor: Erba Daniela
Educational website(s)
by appointment
DeFENS Via Giuseppe Colombo 62 ,Milano