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Courses Description for Master of Clinical Nutrition

Courses Description for Master of Clinical Nutrition



  • Description of Courses:

CHS 501

Advanced Nutritional Status Assessment

3 (3+0)

A study of nutritional assessment methodology including the latest technology in dietary, biochemical, anthropometric, and clinical evaluation. Limitations of the various methods used for collecting dietary information will be discussed. Interpretation of data will be applied through case study examples with at risk individuals or groups.

CHS 502

Research Methodology


This course will include: research design, critical appraisal of research publications, analysis of Scientific data (quantitative and qualitative), writing a research protocol, research ethics and presenting scientific findings.

CHS 520

Nutrition and Chronic Diseases

3 (2+2)

This course will cover the nutrition management and prevention of several chronic diseases.This course will cover some selected case studies.

CHS 526

Nutrition and Metabolic Disorders

3 (2+2)

Principles of human genetics. Disorders of genetic origin which result in metabolic and nutritional pathology; emphasizing some of the common disorders encountered in the Kingdom, e.g. sickle cell anemia,  thalassemia,  glucose-6 phosphatase  deficiency,  phenylketonuria (PKU). Nutritional care of these diseases.

CHS 527

Drug - Nutrient Interactions

3 (3+0)

The use of drugs in the treatment of disease states, the mechanisms of action of drugs; effect of drug therapy on nutrient requirements; drug-nutrient interaction in the gastrointestinal tract and in other body systems.

CHS 528

Advanced Nutrition Support

3 (2+2)

This course focus on the nutrition support strategies, assessment and monitoring of the enteral and parenteral feeding regimens in children and adults. The students will be introduced to the development and implementation of nutrition support protocols

CHS 530

Selected Topics in Clinical Nutrition


Study of current topics in clinical nutrition. The selection of topics is subject to the approval of the course instructor.

CHS 538

Pediatric Nutrition

3 (2+2)

This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the role of diet of children and young children and their requirements in health and disease. This includes the treatment of disease with nutritional and dietetic therapy including obesity, diabetes, coeliac disease, allergy, cystic fibrosis, faltering growth, cancer and other pediatric disorders and diseases.

CHS 540

Food Safety

3 (3+0)

The course will cover various food contaminants; foodborne diseases and food poisoning; their types, contributing factors and prevention, food additives and their public health impact; various food-processing technologies from the public health point of view, and various systems used to ensure food safety such as HACCP.

CHS 541

Nutritional Biochemistry

3 (2+2)

 Nutritional Biochemistry covers the macronutrients (Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins) and micronutrients (Vitamins and minerals) metabolism. Emphasizes the digestion, transport, metabolism and intercellular function of nutrients and how food intake and physiological state affect these processes.

CHS 542

Laboratory Techniques in Nutrition

3 (2+2)

This course will focus on selected Laboratory techniques commonly used for research in the area of food and nutrition. This course will provide students with laboratory skills needed to conduct their research project.

CHS 543

Advanced Practicum in Clinical Nutrition

3 (0+6)

The course will include visits under supervision of a preceptor to dietetic departments in recognized health settings and case studies on nutrition related diseases to  make  the  diet management plan. The students will make presentation for discussion.

CHS 545

Obesity and weight Management

3 (2+2)

In-depth review of energy metabolism and the dimensions of obesity, including etiology, appetite regulation, and endocrine factors, various methods of treatment, including behavioral approaches, counseling, and exercise.

CHS 546

Nutritional Management of Renal diseases

3 (2+2)

This course focus on the clinical nutrition therapy for a variety of renal diseases consistent with current clinical practice recommendations.

CHS 547

Critical Care Nutrition

3 (2+2)

This course provides an intensive and evidence-based learning that provides students withthe latest infom1ation on implementing nutrition in critical care

CHS 555

Evidence Based Practice Guidelines

3 (2+2)

This course is designed to teach students how to develop and implement Clinical Practice Guidelines to facilitate evidence based practice in the area of clinical nutrition.

CHS 556

Applied Biostatistics

3 (2+2)

The course will include the important basic techniques addressed by biostatistics methods, in addition to hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, sample size determination, analysis of variance, analysis of contingency tables, introduction to non-parametric statistics, and research designs. The course will focus on the use of the SPSS for management and analysis of clinical data.

CHS 560

Advanced Public Health Nutrition

3 (3+0)

 This course has a unique balance, focusing on the concepts of public health as well as nutrition related problems. It explores appropriate community interventions from the region and the globe. Students will study community nutrition and public health approaches to solve diet- related health problems. Furthermore, students will be equipped to lead successful public health nutrition programs for health promotion and disease prevention through grasping essential skills in nutrition policy development, leadership, planning, management, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and awareness raising.

CHS 570

Seminar in Clinical Nutrition


Presentation of a selected topic in clinical nutrition.

   CHS 596

Thesis Proposal Preparation

                One unit

This course aims to provide students with consisting advising on preparing the thesis proposal. It is provides an opportunity for the students to receive feedback on their research proposal and reassure them on the manageable scope of the thesis process (Prerequisite: 12 Study Units).

CHS 599

Research Project

(4) Units

Each student conducts an independent small research project in the area of nutrition under the supervision of academic staff. Research projects can include small surveys, literature reviews, or clinical trials. The project should be written in a journal format.

CHS 600


(6) Units

A thesis course is an independent research course in which the student conduct the Thesis research with the guidance of a supervisor. Topic to be agreed in consultation with a supervisor and approval of the Department Council (Prerequisite: CHS 596).

STAT 534

Experimental Design

3 (3+0)

Basic concepts; Blocking as a method of improving precision; RCB designs; LS and GLS

Designs (Construction); 2n factorial experiments; BIB designs; Youden & Lattice designs; PBIB designs; Response surface designs

CLS 534

Biochemical Endocrinology

2 (2+0)

 This course will be offer-selected topics in Clinical Biochemistry to give the student an appreciation of cellular events of hormonal regulation in health and disease. It will include chemical nature and structural diversity of the hormones, hormone function   and   coordination of biological activity, molecular   aspects of hormone action in chronological order i.e. hormone   receptor interactions, second messenger generation, gene induction and post- transcriptional control. It will also cover the biochemical basis of endocrinopathies.

CLS 535

Mineral Metabolism

2 (2+0)

The course will discuss mineral metabolism and the effects on cellular processes with special emphasis on calcium and inorganic phosphate, regulatory factors, mechanisms regulating their homeostasis, diseases involving homeostasis and the analytical methods.