Nutrition portal

Project summary


Nutrition is a key determinant of health, but around the world nutritional problems are a major cause of childhood and adult ill-health and premature death. In low-income countries, and in isolated pockets of higher-income countries, malnutrition, especially in childhood, is common. In higher income countries, and in more urbanised parts of lower-income countries, obesity and nutrition-related chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are increasingly prevalent. But nutrition is not a consistent feature of the undergraduate or postgraduate education of health professionals, whether doctors, nurses, pharmacists or others. The control of these global nutritional problems requires an adequately trained workforce. At Southampton we are developing a comprehensive, flexible and interactive eLearning resource for doctors in training and for other health care practitioners, e.g. pharmacists that will help them develop the knowledge and skills needed to be safe and competent to practise.

This project aims to facilitate nutrition eLearning for the existing and future health care practitioners. For medical students we are developing a resource divided into three courses (Basic Principles of Nutrition; Clinical Nutrition; and Nutrition and Public Health) based on the undergraduate nutrition curriculum agreed by the UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ Intercollegiate Group on Nutrition. For pharmacists, we have developed a skills-based course on understanding, taking and interpreting anthropometric measurements to help assess and give advice on nutritional health risks.

Key features


The nutrition eLearning solution is an interactive multimedia eLearning solution that applies an evidence-based approach to nutrition learning. It includes customisable nutrition courses and reporting facilities that facilitate interactive learning for health care professionals.

A nutrition portal
Access to courses will require registration and part of the user profile will be stored and used to tailor the learning path. All user interactions with learning materials will be tracked and stored with their profiles. The portal will dynamically change the display of learning materials according to the user profile so that each user can easily select tailored materials.

Contextualised learning using a “nutrition community”
The concepts and information are presented in a context that offers each user group a familiar setting with realistic clients or patients.

Customised course contents
Each nutrition course comprises a series of modules containing bite-sized units with interactive guided learning resources, interactive tasks, self-assessments and learning support materials. Learning activities are designed to promote reflection and cognitive dialogue to support the learning process. Student interactions with course materials will be stored and used to produce individualised feedback.

Administration systems
The systems allow staff to create and manage a course and to monitor user progress.

Reporting facility
Once the student completes a course, a report for their performance and a certificate will be produced.



  • Chief investigator: Professor Alan Jackson
  • Academic leads: Professor Martin Wiseman, Dr Steve Wootton and Dr Penny Nestel
  • eLearning lead and project manager: Dr Sunhea Choi
  • eLearning Developers: Dr George Ke & Matt Hammerton
  • Multimedia Developer: Lizzie Ault



This project is funded by the Department of Health, Intercollegiate Nutrition, University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Research Unit for Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle.

Visit us


Please visit the nutrition portal and try the nutrition courses: Nutrition Portal