Clinical Nutrition


Clinical Module

Holder of subject:

Dr Cirila Hlastan Ribič, Associate Professor

Education providers:

  • Dr Cirila Hlastan Ribič, Associate Professor

Contact hours - lectures:


Contact hours - seminar:


Contact hours - exercises:


Individual student work:




Level of study:

Second cycle study program Nursing





Subject specific competences:

  • Students recognize definitions used in clinical nutrition and the key issues.
  • Students demonstrate advanced knowledge of patient's diet as regards food, diet and health at biological, social and policy levels.
  • Assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate skills and techniques of assessment nutritional status of patients; including:
  • anthropometry, dietary analysis, statistics,
  • epidemiology, qualitative methods, research,
  • computing and information retrieval.
  • Students recognize the individual and ecological models which have been developed in order to affect change in people's eating patterns.
  • Interpret and synthesise the different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at patients.
  • Identify and formulate appropriate responses and interventions to address nutritional problems, taking into account special diet needs and social policy contexts.
  • Students recognize basics of nutritional support to an organism in different periods of lifetime, physical conditions and diseases.
  • Students recognize basic definitions and metabolism of healthy, handicapped and sick population.


Mandatory and recommended references:

Mandatory references:

  • Whitney EN, Cataldo CB, Rolfes SR. Understanding normal and clinical nutrition, 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth; 2006.
  • Mahan LK, Escott-Stump S. Krause's Food, NutritionandDiet Therapy, 12th ed. Philadelphia:  Saunders; 2008. 
  • Sobotka L. Basics in clinical nutrition (ed). Third edition. Praga: Galen 2004.

Recommended references:

  • Food and Health in Europe, a new basis for action, WHO, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, WHO Regional Publications, European Series , No. 96, 2004.
  • Devlyn TM. Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations. 5th edition. New York, Chichester, Weinheim, Brisbane, Singapore, Toronto: Wiley-Liss, 2002.

Conditions for the inclusion in the study:

Examination from Nutrition passed. 

Assessment methods:

Written examination – 100%.

Teaching methods:

Lectures, problem-based learning, group work.