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Postgraduate course

Genetic disorders in nutrient metabolism

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeELMED326
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian (English if English speaking students are present)
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Teaching semester

Spring, elective period is in January

Objectives and Content

There are a number of genetic disorders in the metabolism of several essential nutrients which molecular basis has been elucidated during the last years. Knowledge of the genetic basis can lead to increased understanding of a disease, better diagnosis and also to new treatment options. The course will focus on

  • genetic basis of disease / disorder
  • diagnosis
  • treatment options

The course will focus on two disorders: phenylketonuria (PKU) and familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Students will know about the genetic basis of these disorders, learn about newborn screening and will gain an improved understanding of physiologic regulation of nutrient metabolism. They will also learn about diagnosis and treatment of both PKU and FH and the role of dietary treatment, approved drugs and other treatment options.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge: The students..

  • Have advanced knowledge about cause, diagnosis and treatment of PKU and FH.
  • Have thorough knowledge about purpose and organization of newborn screening.

Skills : The students..

  • Can transfer knowledge for diagnoses of PKU and FH to other genetic disorders in nutrient metabolism.

General competence: The students..

  • Can analyze ethical problems associated with the diagnosis of genetic diseases and newborn screening.
  • Can discuss genetic disorders using PKU and FH as examples

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in human nutrition or minimum 3 years of medical studies.

Access to the Course

Opptak til masterprogram i klinisk ernæring eller profesjonsstudiet medisin.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance of lectures (80 %)

Forms of Assessment

Written paper

Grading Scale

Approved/Not approved

Subject Overlap

This course overlaps with NUCLI362 and students will not get credits for both courses.

Course Evaluation

Written evaluation


studie-nutrition@uib.no/ (+47) 55 58 54 44 / (+47) 55 58 61 46

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
  • Type of assessment: Assignment

    Submission deadline
    03.02.2023, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam