UNISA Short Course in Managing Health and Nutrition in Adverse Conditions

UNISA Short Course in Managing Health and Nutrition in Adverse Conditions

University of South Africa Short Course in Managing Health and Nutrition in Adverse Conditions

Short Course in Managing Health and Nutrition in Adverse Conditions (72540)



To enable health workers or people educating the community or who are involved with the community to identify malnutrition and address it appropriately, specifically in adverse conditions. Qualifying students will be able to:

  • describe nutrition principles for promoting balanced nutritional adequacy.
  • identify nutrition-related diseases and malnutrition.
  • implement nutrition management principles in aim of preventing disease.
  • apply balanced food decision-making and adjustments.


Target group

Health professionals working with communities, groups and individuals affected by malnutrition and nutrition-related diseases.
Consequently the target group for this course is limited to the following students:

  • community extension workers
  • community health workers
  • health aid workers concerned with food security (for example missionaries)
  • medical representatives
  • primary healthcare professionals (for example: nurses, medical doctors)
  • allied health professionals (for example: social workers, occupational therapists)
  • educators and caretakers of children


Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification. Registration with a Health Professions Council will be a benefit.


One year

Language medium


Registration periods

Year module registration: 28 Nov – 25 January.For more information please visit www.unisa.ac.za/caes

Tuition method

Basic tuition is by means of distance learning through outcomes based education. The study package includes a study guide, tutorial letters, learning experiences in the form of self-assessment activities, formative assessment (written assignments and case studies) and a summative assessment as part of a portfolio. Students will be guided through the study process from registration by means of direct/indirect contact with the lecturers. Guidance throughout the course will be given ensuring comprehension and acquired skills.

Kind of assessment

Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
At least one compulsory assignment (in total 3 assignments all contributing to 50% of final mark)
Summative assessment:
Portfolio of evidence (50% of final mark)
Students need to obtain 50% in order to pass

Managing Health and Nutrition in Adverse Conditions (MHNA018)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Introduction to basic nutrition principles for the promotion balanced nutritional adequacy
  • Discussions on the onset, management and medical and nutritional implications of nutrition-related diseases
  • Implementation of nutrition management (nutritional support, and counselling) by means of corrective practices in aim of disease prevention
  • Practical guidance in balanced food decision making


Course leader

Course leader
Dr TS van Eeden
Department of Life and Consumer Sciences
UNISA Science Campus
Tel: 011 471 2171
E-mail: veedets@unisa.ac.za

Programme administrator(s)

Ms M J Gaffney
Department of Life and Consumer Sciences
Room 457 Phapha Building, UNISA Florida Campus
Tel: 011 471 2616
E-mail: gaffnmj@unisa.ac.za