Department of Nutrition

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Dean’s Name: Prof. Lunic Base Khoza Qualifications: B Cur (Nursing Education and Community Health Nursing Hons B Cur (Nursing Education) Mcur (Nursing Education) Dlitt
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Welcome to the School of Health Sciences
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About Us

Contacts
School of Health School Administrator 
Name: Mrs Mercy Mabidi
Tel: +27 15 962 8510 / 8114
Email: mercy.mabidi@univen.ac.za

For Admission Enquiries information contact:
Mr Seth Ugoda
Chief Admissions Officer: Student Administration
+2715 962 8882/ 8983/ 8977/ 8953
E-mail: seth.ugoda@univen.ac.za

The Department of Nutrition was established in the year 2000. There are currently four programmes offered namely, BSc. Nutrition, BSc. Hons. Community Nutrition, MSc in public Nutrition and PhD in Public Health Nutrition. The durations of these programmes are four years, one year, two years and four years respectively. The focus of these programmes is on community and public nutrition. The purpose of the programmes is to train health professionals who will meet the 21st century nutritional needs of the population using preventative measures. A qualified nutritionist functions through a multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary, collaborative and participatory approach in solving problems of health, food and nutrition in the community and/or public.

1.1 Vision
To be a leading provider of quality community-based, primary health care focused education for rural and regional development.

1.2 Mission
The Department of Nutrition is committed to developing quality Nutrition professionals through problem-based, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, underpinned by community engagement and research.

1.3 Research
The department is involved in research in the following niche areas:
– Maternal and child health
– Indigenous foods
– Food security and food safety
– Micronutrients in health and diseases

Programmes

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION (FOUR YEARS)
First Year Level
– Orientation to the Nutritionist Profession & study skills (RNT 1841)
– English communication skills (ECS 1541)
– English communication skills (ECS 1642)
– Nutritional Physiology (RNT 1843)
– Food Chemistry (RFD 1842)
– Meal Planning and Preparation (RFD 1844)

Second Year Level
– Nutrition in growth and Development (RNT 2841)
– Nutritional assessment and care process (RNT 2842)
– Principles of community Nutrition (RCN 2843)
– Nutrition communication, Promotion and Advocacy (RCN 2844)
– Food biotechnology safety & policy development (RFD 2845)
– Integrated Internship (RNI 2846)

Third Year Level
– Nutrition and disease prevention (RNT 3841)
– Nutrition programming (RCN 3842)
– Nutrition epidemiology & applied research (RRM 3843)
– Public health nutrition (RPH 3844)
– Integrated internship (RNI 3845)

Fourth Year Level
– Nutrition Seminar (RSN 4841)
– Research project in Human Nutrition(RRN 4842)
– Integrated Internship and nutrition management (RNI 4881)
– Integrated Internship and Public health nutrition (RNI 4882)
– Integrated Internship and Community nutrition (RNI 4883)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS IN COMMUNITY NUTRITION
Compulsory/core modules
– Community Nutrition & Social Development (RCN 5541)
– Nutritional Epidemiology (RNE 5541)
– Nutritional Assessment (RNA 5541)
– Nutrition Intervention Strategies, Project Planning & Management (RCN 5641)
– Advanced field Practicum (RNP 5741)
– Social perspectives of Public Health Nutrition (RPH 5541)
– Advanced topics in Public health Nutrition (RPH 5641)

Electives
– Micronutrients and Disease Prevention (RMP 5521)
– Maternal Nutrition, Early Development & Aging (RMN 5521)
– Nutrition and Sports (RSN 5641)
– Special topics in Human Nutrition & Seminar (RSP 5621)
– Nutrition Management of Chronic diseases (RNT 5621)
– Food Laws and Policy Making (RFL 5621)
– Nutrition Computing (RNC 5621)

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC NUTRITION
Compulsory/core modules
– Research in Human Nutrition (RRN 6741)
– Research Methodology (RRM 6541)

PhD in Public Health Nutrition

Department Projects

– Malnutrition and Enteric diseases- A multicultural-site study, MAL-ED Birth Cohort study in the Dzimauli region.

– Eating habits of people in Limpopo province

– Exclusive breastfeeding practices of mothers who gave birth in MBFI

– DST funded project; Nutraceutical flagship (edible Indigenous and traditional plants): Led by CSIR a consortium between CSIR, ARC and UNIVEN

– DST-funded project: Agro processing of traditional edible and medicinal plants: Makonde project led by ARC, a corsotium between UNIVEN, ARC and DoA Limpopo province

– Iodine project collaboration between MRC, UNIVEN and Netherlands University

Departmental Publications
  • MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
  • Lindelani Fhumudzani Mushaphi, Tjale Cloupas Mahopo, Cebisa Noxolo Nesamvuni, Brenda Baloyi, Ellen Mashau, , Jeniata Richardson, Rebecca Dillingham, Richard Guerrant, Ramya Ambikapathi, and Pascal Bessong, PhD. (2017). Recommendations for Infant Feeding Policy and Programs in Dzimauli Region, South Africa: Results From the MAL-ED Birth Cohort. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/0379572117696662
  • Ramya Ambikapathi., Kosek Margaret N., Lee Gwenyth O., Mahopo Cloupas., Pati Crystal L., Maciel Bruna L., Turab Ali., Islam MMunirul, Ulak Manjeswori., Bose Anuradha., Olortegui Maribel Paredes., Pendergast Laura L., Murray-Kolb Laura E., Lang Dennis., McCormick Benjamin J. J. and Laura E. Caulfield. (2016) How multiple episodes of exclusive breastfeeding impact estimates of exclusive breastfeeding duration: report from the eight-site MAL-ED birth cohort study
  • Crystal L Patil , Ali Turab , Ramya Ambikapathi , Cebisa Nesamvuni , Ram Krishna Chandyo , Anuradha Bose , M Munirul Islam , AM Shamsir Ahmed , Maribel Paredes Olortegui , Milena Lima de Moraes, Laura E Caulfield, on behalf of the MAL-ED network (Mahopo TC). Early interruption of exclusive breastfeeding: results from the eight-country MAL-ED study. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition (2015) 34:10 DOI 10.1186/s41043-015-0004-2
  • Lidovho and T.C. Mandiwana. Knowledge, dietary and physical activity practices regarding obesity among women aged 25 – 40 years in Vhembe district of Limpopo province. J Hum Ecol, 51 (1, 2): 160 – 165 (2015). ISSN 0970 – 9274.
  • Mandiwana, T.C., & Mbhenyane, X.G. (2015). The introduction of growth monitoring program in pre-schools. LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN/ISSN 978 3 659 682896
  • Tshifhiwa Cynthia Mandiwana, Xikombiso G Mbhenyane, Lindelani Fhumudzani Mushaphi, Ngoako Solomon Mabapa. (2015). Knowledge and practices of pre-school teachers on growth monitoring program, South Africa. Health Promot Int 8;30(1):50-5. Epub 2014 Oct 8
  • Motadi SA, Mushaphi LF and Mabapa NS. 2015. Food preferences of elderly people of Mohodi G Manthata village in Limpopo Province, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, Supplementary 1:2 December 2015.
  • Mandiwana TC, Mushaphi LF, Mbhenyane, XG, knowledge of preschool teachers on growth monitoring programme in Vhembe and Mopani districts of Limpopo province in South Africa annals of nutrition and metabolism 55, 614-614.
  • The Mal-ED Network Investigators (Mahopo TC and Nesamvuni CN). 2014.The MAL-ED study: a Multinational and multidisciplinary approach to understand the relationship between enteric pathogens, malnutrition, gut physiology, physical growth, cognitive development and immune responses in infants and children up to 2 years of age in resource-poor environments. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 59 (Suppl 4):S193-S206.
  • Caulfield LEBose AChandyo RKNesamvuni Cde Moraes MLTurab APatil CMahfuz MAmbikapathi RAhmed TMAL-ED Network Investigators (Mahopo TC). Infant feeding practices, dietary adequacy, and micronutrient status measures in the MAL-ED study. Clin Infect Dis.2014 Nov 1; 59 Suppl 4:S248-54. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciu421.
  • Bessong PO, Nyathi E, Mahopo C, et al. Development of the Dzimauli community in Vhembe district, Limpopo province of South Africa for the MAL-ED cohort study. Clin Infect Dis 2014; 59(suppl 4): S317–24.
  • Stephanie R Psaki,Jessica C Seidman, Mark Miller, Michael Gottlieb, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Tahmeed Ahmed, AM Shamsir Ahmed, Pascal Bessong, Sushil M John, Gagandeep Kang, Margaret Kosek, Aldo Lima, Prakash Shrestha, Erling Svensen, William Checkley and MAL-ED Network Investigators(Nesamvuni CN and Mahopo TC). Measuring socioeconomic status in multicounty studies: results from the eight-country MAL-ED study. Population Health Metrics 2014, 12:8  doi:10.1186/1478-7954-12-8
  • Pendergast, L.L., Scharf, R.J., Rasmussen, Z.A., et al. The MALED Network investigators (Nesamvuni CN and Mahopo TC). (2014). Postpartum depression symptoms across time and place: structural invariance of the Self-Reported Questionnaire among women from the international, multicultural-site MALED study. Journal of Affective Disorder, 167, 178-186
  • Mothapo, R.G., Nesamvuni, C.N., Mahopo, T.C., Ntimbani, M.O., & Ambikapathi, R. (2011). Body mass index and nutritional adequacy of food consumed by male adolescents at Hope of Nations Ministries Orphanage in Thohoyandou, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance, September (Supplement 2:2), 1-8.
  • Mandiwana, T.C., Mushaphi, L.F., Mbhenyane, X.G., Mbhatsani, H.V. & Mabapa, N.S. (2011). Traditional infant feeding methods among the Vha-Venda people in Maungani village, Limpopo Province, South Africa – A case Study. AJPHERD: Supl. 2:2, pp. 9 – 16
  • Mushaphi, L.F., Mbhenyane, X.G., Khoza, L.B., Amey, A.K. (2008). Infant feeding practices of mothers and nutritional status of infants in Vhembe District in the Limpopo Province. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 21 (2), 36-41
  • XG Mbhenyane, LO Amusa, LF Mushaphi, NS Mabapa, HV Mbhatsani, Mandiwana TC, AK Amey, L Ndaba, KD Monyeki. (2008). Physical activity patterns and risk of hypertension and overweight of rural African children in Tshaanda village, Vhembe district, Limpopo. SAJCN; Volume 21 (3) Suppl. (1) 188.
  • Mandiwana TC, Mushaphi LF, Mbhatsani HV & Mbhenyane XG. (2006).Traditional infant feeding practices in Vhembe district, Limpopo Province. SAJCN; Volume 19 (3), S 16.
  • Mandiwana TC, Mushaphi LF, Mbhatsani HV, Mbhenyane XG. (2005). Composition of traditional weaning foods in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province. SAJCN; Vol 18 Suppl.p330 and in annals of nutrition and metabolism 49 suppl 2005.

 

  • INDIGENOUS FOODS
  • Xikombiso G Mbhenyane, Lindelani F Mushaphi, Ngoako S Mabapa, Sefora HM Makuse, AKA Amey, Livhuwani H Nemathaga, Rachael T Lebese .2013.The consumption of indigenous fruits and vegetables and health risk in rural subjects of Limpopo province, South Africa. Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Revisiting the Research Paradigm, 12, (1); 160-168
  • HV Mbhatsani, XG Mbhenyane & Makuse SHM. (2011) Knowledge and consumption of indigenous food by primary school children in Vhembe District in Limpopo Province. Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems: African Indigenous Knowledge Systems Facing the Future, Vol 10, Issue 2, Dec 2011, 210-227
  • Nesamvuni C., N. P. Steyn and Potgieter, M. J. 2001. Nutritional value of wild, leafy plants consumed by the Vhavenda. A. Journal of Science, 97: 51-54.
  • Steyn, N. P., J. Olivier, P. Winter, S. Burger and Nesamvuni, C. 2001. A survey of wild, green, leafy vegetables and their potential in combating micronutrient deficiencies in rural populations. A. Journal of Science, 97: 276-278.
  • Nesamvuni C. N., Steyn N. P. and Olivier J. 1998. Nutritional contribution of cooked common indigenous green leafy vegetables in the diet of Vhavenda. Conference Proceedings, A. Journal of Food Science & Nutrition, 10:12.

 

  • FOOD SECURITY AND FOOD SAFETY
  • Mkhwanazi K, Motadi SA, Mabapa NS, Mbhenyane XG, Blaauw R. Effects of rising food price on household food security on female headed households in Runnymede village, Mopani District, South Africa. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 2016 29(2): 1-6.
  • Masia T.A., Maponya T.D., Nesamvuni C.N. Assessing food safety knowledge and food handling practices of nutrition students at the University of Venda. Journal for Physical, Health education, recreation and Dance, December (supplement 1:2), 282-290.
  • Motadi S.A., Phalanndwa T., Masia T.A., Mabapa N.S., Mbhatsani H.V., Mushaphi L.F., Mbhenyani X.G. (2015). Food labels of different food manufacturers in South Africa: are they complying with the regulation. Journal for Physical, Health education, recreation and Dance, December (supplement 1:2), 291-302.
  • Nesamvuni C.N., Mahopo T.C., Monyai N.S., Masia T.A., Baloyi B & Mandiwana T.C. (2015). Microbial hazard knowledge of food vendors in secondary schools of Mvudi and Dzindi Circuits of Thulamela Municipality, Limpopo province, South Africa. Journal for Physical,Health education, recreation and Dance, December (supplement 1:2), 323-333.
  • Mandiwana, T.C., Mahopo, T.C & Nesamvuni, C.N. (2015). Household food access and nutritional status of 2-5 years old children residing in Vhembe district, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Journal for Physical,Health education, recreation and Dance, December (supplement 1:2), 273-281
  • Psaki, S, et al., and MALED Network Investigators (Nesamvuni CN and Mahopo TC) (2012). Household food access and child malnutrition: results from the eight-country MAL-ED study. Population Health Metrics 2012, 10:24, South Africa.
  • Stephanie R Psaki,Jessica C Seidman, Mark Miller, Michael Gottlieb, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Tahmeed Ahmed, AM Shamsir Ahmed, Pascal Bessong, Sushil M John, Gagandeep Kang, Margaret Kosek, Aldo Lima, Prakash Shrestha, Erling Svensen, William Checkley and MAL-ED Network Investigators (Nesamvuni CN and Mahopo TC). Measuring socioeconomic status in multicounty studies: results from the eight-country MAL-ED study. Population Health Metrics 2014, 12:8  doi:10.1186/1478-7954-12-8
  • Phooko DA, Mbhenyane XG, Nesamvuni CN. Prevalence of household hunger and coping strategies in households of Sekhukhuni district, Limpopo Province. 2008. Conference Proceedings, South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 21(3): 231.
  • Mbhatsani HV, Mbhenyane XG and Makuse SHM. Dietary diversification among primary school children in vhembe district of Limpopo Province: an intervention to improve the consumption of indigenous foods. SAJCN 2008:Volume 21 (3) Suppl. (1) P225.
    • MICRONUTRIENTS IN HEALTH AND DISEASES
  • Selekane A Motadi, Vanessa Mbhatsani and Kulani Shilote (2016). Food fortification knowledge in women of child-bearing age at Nkowankowa Township in Mopani district, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. Accepted: March 12, 2016; Published Online: 29 July
  • Motadi, S. A., Mbhenyane, X.G., Mbhatsani, H.V., Mabapa, N.S., & Mamabolo,R.L. (2015). Prevalence of iron and zinc deficiencies among preschool child.ren ages 3 to 5 years in Vhembe district, Limpopo province, South Africa. Nutrition 31 452–458 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2014.09.016
  • Mabapa N Solomon, Mbhenyane X Getrude, Jooste Pieter L, Mamabolo R Lesly and Amey AK Alphonse. Iodine status of rural school children in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science. Vol 2(2), 51-55 (2014)
  • ML Mangena-Netshikweta, M Maluleke, MS Maputle, L Mushaphi.2012 Knowledge and attitudes of male persons living with HIV in rural areas of Limpopo Province: South Africa. African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance: Supplement 3,18: 24-35
  • Michael Zimmermann, Pieter Jooste, Ngoako Mabapa, Serina Schoeman, Ralf Biebinger, Lindelani Mushaphi and Xikombiso Mbhenyane. Vitamin A supplementation in iodine-deficient African children decreases thyrotropin stimulation of the thyroid and reduces the goiter rate. Am J Clin Nutr 2007 Oct;86(4):1040-4.
  • Contributed as a co- author of chapter six for a book titled ‘’community nutrition for South Africa: A Right Based Approach’’. Mbhenyane XG, Makuse SHM, Mbhatsani HV, Sayeed N, Ntuli SM. Edited by Steyn NP and Temple N coordinated by the MRC and funded by FAO. ISBN: 978-1-920014-55-1. Printed by CREDA communications, and published FAO and MRC. 2008.
  • Michael B Zimmermann, Pieter L Jooste, Ngoako Solomon Mabapa, Xikombiso Mbhenyane, serina Schoeman, Ralf Biebinger, Noureddine Chaouki, Maksim Bozo, Lindita Grimci, John Bridson. Treatment of iodine deficiency in school aged children increases insulin like growth factor (IGF)-1 and IGF binding protein 3 concentrations and improves somatic growth. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2007 Feb 21;92 (2):437-42. Epub 2006 Nov 21
Community Engagement

The Department is working with various communities and radios stations regarding community engagement. Students are exposed to rural communities around the Limpopo province to work with poor resourced communities. The Department works with the following Radios stations: Mala FM, Sekgosese FM, Hlanganani FM and Univen Radio to educate the communities about nutritional messages.

Students at the Malamulele Radio station after a talk

Staff

3.2 STAFF MEMBERS DETAILS
Name and Designation Contact details Area of Specialization

Dr. Lindelani F Mushaphi
Senior Lecturer and HOD Contact: +2715 9628334
Email:lindelani.mushaphi@univen.ac.za
• Maternal and child nutrition
• Infant feeding
• Food security
• Indigenous Knowledge systems in health and nutrition
• Obesity

Dr. Cebisa N Nesamvuni
Senior Lecturer and Dep HOD Contact : +2715 962 8653
Email: cebisa@univen.ac.za
• Maternal and child health
• Food security and safety
• Obesity

Mr. Ngoako S Mabapa
Lecturer Contact: +2715 962 8685
Email: Solomon.mabapa@univen.ac.za
• Child Nutrition
• Indigenous Knowledge systems in health and nutrition
• Micronutrient
• Obesity

Ms. Tshifhiwa C Mandiwana
Lecturer Contact: +2715 962 8034
Email: tshifhiwa.mandiwana@univen.ac.za
• Maternal and child nutrition
• Infant feeding
• Food security
• Growth monitoring and promotion

Ms. Hlekani Vanessa Mbhatsani
Lecturer Contact : +2715 962 8683
Email: vanessa.mbhatsani@univen.ac.za
• Child Nutrition
• Food security
• Indigenous Knowledge systems in health and nutrition
• Micronutrient
• Obesity

Mr. Tjale Cloupas Mahopo
Lecturer
Contact: +2715 962 8617
Email:tjale.mahopo@univen.ac.za • Maternal and child nutrition
• Infant feeding
• Gut function
• Food security and safety
• Community nutrition

Ms. Tirhani Asnath Masia
Lecturer Contact: +2715 962 8906
Email:tirhani@univen.ac.za • Maternal and child nutrition
• Infant feeding
• Food security

Mr. Selekane Ananias Motadi
Lecturer Contact: +2715 962 8683
Email:selekani.motadi@univen.ac.za • Maternal and child nutrition
• Micronutrient

Mr. Rhulani C Chauke
Junior Lecturer Contact: +2715 963 8683
Email:rhulani.chauke@univen.ac.za • Maternal and child nutrition
• Infant feeding
• Food security
• Community nutrition

Ms. Brenda Baloyi
Junior Lecturer Contact: +2715 962 8685
Email:brenda.baloyi@univen.ac.za • Maternal and child nutrition
• Infant feeding
• Food security
• Obesity

Mr. Nyiko A Mondlane
Part time junior Lecturer Contact: +2715 963 8683
Email: nyikos.mondli@gmail.com> • Maternal and child nutrition
• HIV/AIDS

Mr. Cedric Hlako
Part time junior Lecturer Contact: +2715 963 8683
Email: cedrickhlakoo@gmail.com • Maternal and child nutrition
• Micronutrients

Ms. Sedzani Madala
Part time junior Lecturer Contacts: +2715 9628334
Email: sedzanimadala@gmail.com • Food security
• Indigenous Knowledge systems in health and nutrition

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