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Medical Nutrition and Chronic Disease

Learn the different dietary approaches for the management of chronic disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions.

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Delivered by leading experts in the field, this online course focuses on the role of nutrition and diet in the management and prevention of major nutrition-related disease states. 

  • This course is for medical doctors, International Medical Graduates, registered nurses and degree-qualified health professionals.
  • Gain an insight into the Professional Diploma of Medical Nutrition Management and get Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if you choose to continue.
  • CPD-accredited and university-assured.
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Study modes

100% online

Course fee

Special rates available

Study duration

31.5 hrs

Quality assured by bond university

Course benefits

  • Holistically manage your patients' health and improve outcomes.
  • Identify dietary strategies for managing chronic conditions.
  • Debunk myths about carbohydrates in health management.
  • Support your patient’s cardiovascular health through dietary plans.
  • Attract new patients by incorporating nutrition counselling into your practice.

Get unlimited access to all course content, additional learning materials, ongoing post-course support, and more.

Course contents

Different dietary approaches for the management of chronic disease
Different dietary approaches for the management of chronic disease: Mediterranean, MIND, vegetarian, high protein, low GI
Are carbs the enemy?

Understanding the nutritional needs of patients with diabetes.

Latest trends in cardiovascular nutrition

Learn the latest trends in cardiovascular nutrition.

Did you know you can also study most of these course modules in HealthCert 365?

If you're not interested in pursuing a full certificate in this field but simply want to enhance your skills in specific topics covered in this course, you can access the content of this and other courses for a flat fee of $83 per month (paid annually) within HealthCert 365.

Meet your instructors

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Prof Liz Isenring


Program Head, Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, Bond University

Associate Dean of Research, Bond University

Professor Liz Isenring is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian passionate about improving the quality of life of patients and their carers via evidence-based nutrition. Liz is Head of Program for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, and the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University. She is recognised internationally as an expert in nutrition during treatment for cancer and for older adults. Liz has held several leadership positions including in AuSPEN, Dietitian Connection and MASCC, has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers and received more than $3 million AUS in research funding.

Study modes

Study 100% online

100% online

Study at your own pace and to your own schedule. 

  • View and replay video lectures at your convenience.
  • Participate in online case discussions with your peers.
  • Participate in course webinar prior to the examinations and ask questions.
  • Complete your assessment online and receive your CPD points and certificate.
HealthCert 365 - a digital CPD library

HealthCert 365

Easily meet your CPD requirements and gain valuable skills – all in one place for $83 per month. 

  • Customise your learning experience by accessing and focusing only on course modules that interest you the most.
  • Gain access to 200+ additional CPD activities and 50-hour special focus CPD programs, sourced from all HealthCert university-assured programs.

Primary Certificate of Medical Nutrition & Chronic Disease


  • 100% online
  • CPD-accredited short course
  • Flexible start and completion time


Bundle two courses and save 5%, or three courses and save 10% upon enrolment.
Talk to us about deferred payment options, registrar scholarships and special rates.

Example of the Primary Certificate of Medical Nutrition and Chronic Disease

HealthCert courses have become the standard by which you gauge all others.

Dr K. Abolarinwa

Good, courses with excellent speakers. I particularly enjoyed the case study scenarios which helped to integrate the knowledge gained.

Dr A. Tucker

This is the pathway to improve your confidence and evolve into the GP you aspire to be.

Dr S. Shinwari

Accredited CPD activities in this certificate

RACGP CPD Accredited activity

This is an RACGP-approved CPD activity under the RACGP CPD program.

RACGP Activity Number Activity Title Education Hours Performance Hours Total Hours
482811 Latest trends in cardiovascular nutrition 482811 5 6 11
480507 Dietary approaches for the management of chronic disease including Mediterranean, MIND, vegetarian, high protein, low GI 480507 4.5 6 10.5
482800 Are carbs the enemy? Understanding the nutritional needs of patients with diabetes 482800 4 6 10
Grand Total 31.5

Outcome measurement

Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement of our professional and advanced certificates. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

HealthCert provides several options to meet your outcome measurement hours requirement. These options are self-submitted activities and hours may vary depending on your focus area.

  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) options on a specific topic.
  • Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) on your identified area. A generic template is provided.
  • Outcome Improvement Activity relating to specific topics within the course. 

The purpose of outcome measurement activities is to improve your clinical confidence in managing an identified learning gap. The outcome improvement activities are designed to examine current clinical care, align clinical practice with best practice standards and identify opportunities for improvement.

Pre- and post-course information

Entry requirements

This course is for medical practitioners who wish to utilise nutrition as a key component of improving patient outcomes, especially focusing on dietary approaches for the management of chronic disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular health.

The course is suitable for general practitioners, medical doctors, degree-qualified nurses who work under their supervision, and International Medical Graduates. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field.

Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

Participants will require access to a computer/laptop, an internet connection and a basic level of technology proficiency to access and navigate the online learning portal.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


Outcome measurement activities are not a requirement. You may use an optional HealthCert outcome measurement activity or develop your own.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Primary Certificate of Medical Nutrition & Chronic Disease, and CPD hours. Please contact us for more information. 

This primary certificate:

  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.

To learn more about the delivery of certificates in Australia and overseas, please visit our FAQs.


Fast-track your studies and receive financial credit into further courses

Complete the Primary Certificate as a standalone course or continue onto the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Medical Nutrition Management.

Upon completion of this Primary Certificate, you will receive partial Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and cost savings towards the Professional Certificate course which is stage one of the three-part Professional Diploma program in Medical Nutrition Management, quality-assured by Bond University.

The full program consists of the Professional Certificate, Advanced Certificate, and Professional Diploma of Medical Nutrition Management.

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Quality assured by Bond University

Frequently asked questions

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What are the costs and payment options of the course?

Fees will vary based on the program and study option selected (fully online vs online + optional practical workshop). Payments can be made upfront or in monthly instalments. Special rates and various payment options are available. GP registrars and doctors in training enjoy a scholarship of up to $500. Talk to us to learn more.

What is the Alumni Support Program?

Completion of any HealthCert course or attendance at an event will enable you to access the HealthCert Alumni Program which includes:

  • Access to special alumni rates for new courses when they are released.
  • Special alumni price for HealthCert Conferences.
  • Exclusive advanced access to HealthCert events.
  • Regular Alumni Webinars pertaining to the course(s) you have attended. These will provide content review of the course and an opportunity to discuss case studies.
  • Access to the video lectures as seen during the course(s) that you have attended.
How will I receive my certificate?

HealthCert Education is pleased to issue digital credentials for alumni. Digital credentials are a permanent online record of your successful completion of a HealthCert course and are issued to all course participants in addition to PDF certificates. If you are based in Australia, you also have the option to order a hard copy of your digital certificate for a small additional fee.

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