Spring 2023 - BPK 311 D100

Applied Human Nutrition (3)

Class Number: 4624

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2023
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 105 or 205, and 110.



The principles of nutritional biochemistry are applied to nutrition in life cycle - pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence and aging. The second part of the course deals with common disease conditions where nutrition plays an important role in prevention or treatment or both. The course is presented in the Canadian context featuring sources of help on Canadian practice, standards and regulations. Students with credit for BPK 220 may not take this course for further credit.


This human nutrition course covers mainly the nutritional recommendations for prevention and therapy, or management, of select diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (e.g., stroke and coronary heart disease CHD), cancer, diabetes, some neurological disorders (e.g., epilepsy, Alzheimer's), as well as energy balance and obesity. The last part of the course covers nutritional recommendations during some stages of the life-cycle, as well as topics related to drug-nutrient interactions, phytochemicals and health.


List of topics covered in the course:

(1) Nutrition and energy balance, obesity

(2) Diabetes and nutrition

(3) Nutrition and cardiovascular diseases

(4) Nutrition and cancer

(5) Nutrition and select neurological disorders

(6) Aging and nutrition

(7) Nutrition in adulthood; phytochemicals and health

(8) Nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, childhood


  • understand some pathological mechanisms of diseases (list of diseases in course details above)
  • understand how nutrition can help lower the risk of some diseases such as CHD, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer
  • understand the role of nutrition in management of some diseases such as cancer, diabetes, strokes, epilepsy, Alzheimer's
  • understand some of the physiological changes that occur in different stages of the life-cycle, and the associated changes in nutritional recommendations
  • learn about energy balance and the management of obesity
  • learn about the major nutritional recommendations during pregnancy, and some of the diet-related substances that can affect fetal development


  • Tutorial topic presentation(s) 9%
  • Midterm exams (non-cumulative) 43%
  • Final exam (cumulative) 48%



There is a required textbook for this course. Information for purchasing the e-textbook will be provided in January before the first lecture.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html