cod. 03467

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - Second semester
- Riccardo BONADONNA
Academic discipline
Endocrinologia (MED/13)
Discipline della nutrizione umana
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: -
course unit

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the scientific underpinnings to acquire a deep understanding of the role of nutrition in human physiology an diseases.
Knowledge and understanding
• Acquire basic knowledge of human relevant endocrine and metabolic physiology for nutrition.
• Acquire knowledge of the intimate links between thermodynamics and nutritional physiology and pathophysiology
• Acquire ability to use the specific language of the discipline
Knowledge and understanding applied
• Apply theoretical knowledge to the practice of human nutrition
Judgment autonomy
• Understand the relevance of the different levels of scientific evidence for prescription in human nutrition and nutraceutics
Communication skills
• Have the ability to synthesize information and communicate it effectively to professional and non-professional questioners.
Learning skills
• Develop skills and methodology that allow you to study in a highly autonomous way
• Ability to update through the consultation of scientific databases and journals


Course unit content

Theoretical and practical bases of human nutrition in endocrine and metabolic risk conditions and diseases

Full programme

1. Human physiology of Endocrinology and Metabolism
2. Scientific evidence in Medicine: methods and tools – assessment and construction
3. Nutritional habits and their impact on health: from the population to the single individual level and back
4. Nutritional status: assessment and significance – toolbox and practical aspects
5. Food and nutrition policies and interventions
6. Body composition: assessment and significance – toolbox and practical aspects
7. Energy turnover: from thermodynamics to human biology – toolbox and practical knowledge
8. Healthy and unhealthy diets: from scientific evidence to prescription
9. Dietary requirements in specific groups.
a. The pregnant woman
b. The breastfeeding woman
c. The athlete

10. Nutrition and:
a. Skeleton
b. Cancer
11. Dietary prevention of obesity: evidence-based practical approaches
12. Dietary prevention of cardiometabolic risk: evidence-based practical approaches
13. Dietary prevention of type 2 diabetes: evidence-based practical approaches


Rivellese A, Annuzzi G, Capaldo B, Vaccaro O, Riccardi G - "Nutrizione Umana" - Ed. Idelson Gnocchi, 2017

"Human Nutrition" 13th Edition, Eds Geissler C & Powers H, Oxford University Press, 2017

Teaching methods

The course will be held through lectures to Students either in the classroom (“in presenza”) or in synchronous-streaming (“in telepresenza”) on the Teams platform. Therefore, the opportunity of Student/Teacher interaction will be preserved both face to face and remotely, by the simultaneous use of the Teams platform.
Lectures will be supported by slide presentations, some of which will be available to students on the Elly platform (https://elly.medicina.unipr.it).

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
Range of assessment values: 1-30 (30 best)
In case of the persistence of the health emergency, the exams will be conducted remotely, as follows:
remote oral questions, through the Teams platform (guide http://selma.unipr.it/).
Students with SLD / BSE must first contact Le Eli-che: support for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (https://sea.unipr.it/it/servizi/le-eli-che-supporto-studenti-con-disabilita-dsa-bes)

Under exceptional circumstances, multiple choice questionnaire may be used.
Range of assessment values: 1-30 (30 best)

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