Diploma in Nutrition


Diploma in Nutrition

Course Details

Full Course name:
Diploma in Nutrition

Classroom based or online

Course Award

Award: City Colleges Diploma
NFQ: Not Applicable

Course Dates

Next course commencing:
Tuesday, 24 September 2019

10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Interested in learning more about Nutrition?

This course provides up to date scientific research, a well-rounded view and base of knowledge to allow the student to identify what they require for their own personal health, that of their families and perhaps friends and to enhance their professional development. The study of nutrition is vast and extensive but we will none the less delve in deep into this exciting world over the course of 10 weeks. Students will have the opportunity to become a member of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism upon completion of the course.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of nutrition; specifically functional nutrition, macro and micro nutrient composition, symptomatology, paediatric and geriatric nutrition, sugar consumption and dietary habits, psychology of food, preventive nutrition for illness and disease, dietary habits and covers aspects of sports nutrition. This course is particularly beneficial for those in the education or learning sector (pre-school teachers, special needs teachers, childcare assistants), social sector (social workers, youth workers, homeless housing), care sector (nurses, geriatric care, paediatric care, psychiatric care, physically disabled, learning disabled), paramedical sector (physiotherapists, chiropractors) and equally, if you have an interest in; What is the macronutrient, vitamin and mineral content of foods and in what ratio do we require these to attain optimal health; What are free radicals and how do they affect us; What are antioxidants and how do they benefit us; How to achieve a healthy immune system; What can prevent physical and mental disease within the body; What do we require to increase life longevity; How to detoxify the body to alleviate symptoms of illness; What is in the food that we consume, well then this is the course for you.

Fundamentals of Nutrition (2 classes)
The Fundamentals of Nutrition (2 parts) offers a comprehensive overview of the field of nutrition, which leads to a study and understanding of the link between nutrition and preventive medicine. This part of the course explains in depth the role of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and the importance of water in the diet.

Anatomy and Physiology
This provides a general overview of the eleven body systems. It covers the structure and shape of the body and its parts, and their relationship to one another. It continues of to the physiological processes by which the eleven systems operate, and the nutritional symptomatology of each system.

Diet and health
The prevention of degenerative diseases is becoming a major objective for many people. The student will learn through preventive nutrition how specific diets can retard or reverse the major ailments of our time, including malnutrition, eating disorders, digestive diseases, overweight and obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Eating Behaviour (Dr Finian Fallon) + Dietary assessment methods (Dr Werd Al-Najim)
The psychology of food explores our relationship to food and the extremes it can take and some of the psychological studies and behavioural therapies behind these.
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Finian Fallon, BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA Addiction Studies “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders”

During the second part of the class, the student will learn about the different techniques used to assess food intake in research and clinical settings.

Dietary assessment methods (workshop)
A workshop aimed at mastering the skills of dietary assessments and learning how to analyse the data collected.

Diet across the lifespan
Through a diet of high nutritional quality, we can support life at every stage. Symptomatology explains the ten key components of a healthy diet and leads the student through the changing nutritional needs of various age groups during growth and development.

Dietary practices to better health
With nutrition being a hot topic in the news all the time, we need to know what is true and what is not. This lecture will cover a lot of the controversial topics that made the headlines in the last few years.

Nutrition and physical activity
This course provides information on all aspects of the relationship between nutrition and sports performance. It covers topics such as hydration, sports supplements, and ergogenic aids.

Workshop on assignment writing and skills

Suggested Reading:

– Superfoods, David Wolfe
– Prescription for Natural Cures, James F. Balch, M.D.
– Allergies: Disease in Disguise, Carolin Bateson Koch, N.D.
– The China Study, T. Colin Campbell, PhD
– Eat Dirt, Dr. Josh Axe, D.N.M, DC, CNS
– Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (Nutrition)
– The Great Cholesterol Con, Dr. Malcom Kendrick

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

Non-EU students: €1,295


Dr Al-Najim, Nutrition Lecturer

Dr Werd Al-Najim is a Nutrition Scientist and Health Coach.  Werd gained her BSc degree in Nutrition Science from Kingston University in London.  Shortly after graduating she commenced on a research career in Imperial College London where she investigated obesity treatments. In 2012, Werd started a PhD degree investigating a novel endoscopic intervention for obesity (the EndoBarrier) on food preferences in people with obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. She also holds a health coaching certificate from the Integrative Nutrition school in New York.

Over the past six years, Werd was involved in a number of groundbreaking research studies in the areas of obesity and diabetes in both London and Dublin. She now leads a number of global studies in the Metabolic Medicine Laboratory in University College Dublin. She also provides nutrition consultations in MedFit Proactive Healthcare and, an online nutrition platform.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation is tracked through Moodle.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Why City Colleges?

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
  • Limited class size
  • Parking