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The Department of Nutrition was established in the year 2000. There are currently three programmes offered namely, BSc. Nutrition, BSc. Hons. Community Nutrition and MSc. Public Nutrition. The durations of these programmes are four years, one year and two 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.

  • BS Nutrition– 4 years
  • BSC Honours Community Nutrition – 1 year
  • MSC Public Nutrition – 2 year

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NUTRITION
First Year Level

1. Orientation to the Nutritionist Profession & study skills (RNT 1841)
2. English communication skills (ECS 1541)
3. English communication skills (ECS 1642)
4. Nutritional Physiology (RNT 1843)
5. Food Chemistry (RFD 1842)
6. Meal Planning and Preparation (RFD 1844)

Second Year Level

1. Nutrition in growth and Development (RNT 2841)
2. Nutritional assessment and care process (RNT 2842)
3. Principles of community Nutrition (RCN 2843)
4. Nutrition communication, Promotion and Advocacy (RCN 2844)
5. Food biotechnology safety & policy development (RFD 2845)
6. Integrated Internship (RNI 2846)

Third Year Level

1. Nutrition and disease prevention (RNT 3841)
2. Nutrition programming (RCN 3842)
3. Nutrition epidemiology & applied research (RRM 3843)
4. Public health nutrition (RPH 3844)
5. Integrated internship (RNI 3845)

Fourth Year Level

1. Nutrition Seminar (RSN 4841)
2. Research project in Human Nutrition(RRN 4842)
3. Integrated Internship and nutrition management (RNI 4881)
4. Integrated Internship Public health nutrition (RNI 4882)
5. Integrated Internship Community nutrition (RNI 4883)

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS IN COMMUNITY NUTRITION
Compulsory/core modules

1 Community Nutrition & Social Development (RCN 5541)
2 Nutritional Epidemiology (RNE 5541)
3 Nutritional Assessment (RNA 5541)
4 Nutrition Intervention Strategies, Project Planning & Management (RCN 5641)
5 Advanced field Practicum (RNP 5741)
6 Social perspectives of Public Health Nutrition (RPH 5541)
7 Advanced topics in Public health Nutrition (RPH 5641)

Electives

1. Micronutrients and Disease Prevention (RMP 5521)
2. Maternal Nutrition, Early Development & Aging (RMN 5521)
3. Nutrition and Sports (RSN 5641)
4. Special topics in Human Nutrition & Seminar (RSP 5621)
5. Nutrition Management of Chronic diseases (RNT 5621)
6. Food Laws and Policy Making (RFL 5621)
7. Nutrition Computing (RNC 5621)

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC NUTRITION
Compulsory/core modules

1. Research in Human Nutrition (RRN 6741)
2. Research Methodology (RRM 6541)
3. Nutritional Epidemiology and Introduction to Biostatistics (REB 6541)

Electives

1. Special Topics in Public Nutrition (RSN 6641)
2. Nutrition Policies and programme Management (RPP 6641)
3. Advanced Maternal and Child Nutrition (RMN 6621)
4. Micronutrients in Health Care (RMH 6521)
5. Nutritional and Chronic diseases of Lifestyle (RNT 6621)
6. Advanced field practicum (RFP 6741)
7. Nutrition Instructional Practicum (RNI 5741)

  • Mamabolo RL, Alberts M, Mbenyane GX, Steyn NP, Nthangeni NG, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, Levitt NS, Feeding practices and growth of infants from birth to 12 months in the central region of the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Nutrition, 2004; 20: 327-333.
  • RL Mamabolo, M Alberts, NP Steyn, HA Delemarre-van de Waal, NG Nthangeni, NS Levitt, Evaluation of the effectiveness of iron and folate supplementation during pregnancy in a rural area of Limpopo province, South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2004; 17: 15-21.
  • Mamabolo RL, Alberts M, Steyn NP, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, Levitt NS, Prevalence and determinants of stunting and overweight in 3-year-old black South African children residing in the Central Region of Limpopo Province, South Africa, Public Health Nutrition, 2005; 8: 501-508.
  • Mamabolo RL, Alberts M, Steyn NP, Levitt NS, Can the high prevalence of micronutrient deficiency, stunting, overweight and stunting and overweight be explained by diet? South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006; 19:120-113.
  • Mamabolo RL, Alberts M, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, Levitt NS, The effect of maternal glucose metabolism, iron, vitamin B12 and folate status on pregnancy outcomes, South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006; 19:120-130.
  • RL Mamabolo, JM van Rooyen, AE Schutte, HS Kruger, Association between blood pressure and measures of body composition in township adolescents, residing in the North-West Province, South Africa. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006; 19 (Supplement): S16 (Abstract)
  • Mamabolo RL, Alberts M, Steyn NP, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, Levitt NS, Prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus and the effect of weight status as measures of insulin secretion and insulin resistance in a rural area in South Africa, Diabetic Medicine, 2007; 24:223-331.
  • RL Mamabolo and HS Kruger, Association between measures of body composition and inflammatory markers and growth factors in black township adolescents, residing in the North-West Province, South Africa. (The PLAY Study). Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa, 2007, 12:39. (Abstract).
  • Mamabolo RL, Kruger HS, Lennox A, Monyeki MA, Pienaar AE, Underhay C, Czlapka-Matyasik M. Habitual physical activity and body composition of black township adolescents residing in the North-West province, South Africa, Public Health Nutrition, 2007; 10:1047-1056.
  • Mamabolo RL, Alberts M, Levitt NS, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, Steyn NP Association between Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1, IGF-binding protein-1 and leptin levels with nutritional status in 1-3 year old children, residing in the Central Region of Limpopo Province, South Africa. British Journal of Nutrition, 2007; 98:762-769.
  • SEP Modjadji, M Alberts, RL Mamabolo, Folate and iron status of South African non-pregnant rural women of childbearing age, before and after fortification of foods South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2007; 20: 89-93.
  • Dollien Naudé, H. Salome Kruger, Anita E. Pienaar and R. Lesly Mamabolo, Body fat, body mass index in black South African adolescents after a physical activity intervention programme: PLAY STUDY, African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance. 2008; 14: 440-455.
  • MA Monyeki, AE Pienaar, RL Mamabolo and M Temane, Effect of obesity on physical self-concept of urban school children living in Potchefstroom, South Africa, African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance. 2009; 15: 1-14.
  • Adebayo O. Ogunlade, H. Salome Kruger, Johann C. Jerling,Cornelius M. Smuts, Namukolo Covic, Susanna M. Hanekom, Ramoteme L. Mamabolo & Jane Kvalsvig, Point-of-use micronutrient fortification: Lessons learned in implementing a preschool-based pilot trial in South Africa. International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition. 2011; 62: 1-16.
  • Ramoteme L Mamabolo, Johannes M van Rooyen, Alta E Schutte, M Andries Monyeki, H Salome Kruger, Association between blood pressure, measures of body composition and lifestyle factors in township adolescents, residing in the North-West Province, South Africa. African Journal for Physical, Health education, Recreation & Dance. 2011; 17: 51-68.
  • Olaide R Aderibigbe, Pedro T Pisa, Ramoteme L Mamabolo, H Salome Kruger, Hester H Vorster, The relationship between indices of iron status and selected anthropometric cardiovascular disease risk markers in an African population: THE THUSA STUDY" Cardiovascular Journal of Africa. 2011; 22:249-256.
  • O Aderibigbe, P Pisa, R Mamabolo, S Kruger, H Vorster, A Kruger. Iron status and cardiovascular disease risk in Black South African women: The PURE study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2011; 65 (Supp 1):A319-A320. (Abstract)
  • Aderibigbe Olaide R, Pisa Pedro T, Mamabolo Ramoteme L, Kruger H Salome, Vorster Hester H and Kruger Annamarie, Iron status and cardiovascular disease risk in black South African women: the PURE study South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011; 24 (4): 179-185.
  • Oluseye O. Onabanjo, Johann C. Jerling , Namukolo Covic, Averalda Van Graan , Christine Taljaard , Ramoteme L. Mamabolo, Association between iron status and white blood cell counts in African schoolchildren of the North- West Province, South Africa, Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health 2012; 2 (3): 103–110.
  • M.A. Monyeki, R.L. Mamabolo, A.E. Pienaar, H.S. Kruger, J.H. De Ridder and A.L. Toriola, Secondary sexual characteristics of stunted and non-stunted black south african boys living in a township in the north-west province African Journal for Physical, Health education, Recreation & Dance 2012; 18(4): 921-928.
  • Nesamvuni C. N., Steyn N. P. and Olivier J. 1998. Nutritional contribution of cooked common indigenous green leafy vegetables in the diet of Vhavenda. S. A. Journal of Food Science & Nutrition Vol. 10:12.
  • Nesamvuni C., Steyn N. P. and Potgieter, M. J. 2001. Nutritional value of wild, leafy plants consumed by the Vhavenda. S. A. Journal of Science Vol. 97: 51.
  • 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. S. A. Journal of Science Vol. 97: 276.
  • Mabapa NS, Mbhenyane XG, Jooste PL, Amey AKA, Mushaphi LF. The prevalence of iodine deficiency in the Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. SAJCN (2006) Volume 19 No.3 Page 14.
  • Makuse SHM, Mbhenyane XG. The identification of indigenous foods believed to have health benefits and possible functional properties in the Limpopo Province. SAJCN (2006) Volume 19 No.3 Page 15.
  • Mandiwana TC, Mushaphi LF, Mbhatsane HV, Mbhenyane XG, Mabapa NS. Traditional infant feeding practices in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa. SAJCN (2006) Volume 19 No.3 Page 16.
  • Michael B Zimmermann, Pieter L Jooste, Ngaoko Solomon Mabapa, Serena Schoeman, Ralf Biebinger, Linda F Mushaphi, and Xikombiso Mbhenyane. Vitamin A supplementation in iodine-deficient African children decreases thyrotropin stimulation of the thyroid and reduces the goitre rate1-3. Am J Clin Nurt 2007.
  • Cherane MJ, Mbhenyane XG. Factors that contribute to compliance with the consumption of iron and folate supplements by pregnant women. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 179.
  • Ceronio V, Mbhenyane XG. Dietary regimes used for type 2 diabetes patients in Limpopo Province public hospitals. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 215.
  • Mamaregane DV, Mbhenyane XG. Evaluation of the implementation process of the vitamin A supplementation protocol by health workers in institutions in the Mookgophong sub-district of Waterberg, Limpopo Province. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 224.
  • Mandiwana TC, Mushaphi LF, Mbhenyane XG. Knowledge of preschool teachers on growth monitoring programme in Vhembe and Mopani districts of Limpopo province. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 224.
  • Mbhatsani HV, Mbhenyane XG, 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. No.3 Page 225.
  • Mabapa NS, Mbhenyane XG, Jooste P, Mushaphi LF. Nutritional status of iodine deficient children in Vhembe district, Limpopo province. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 227.
  • Phooko DA, Mbhenyane XG, Nesamvuni CN. Prevalence of household hunger and copying strategies in households of Sekhukhune district, Limpopo province. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 231.
  • Seanego AM, Mbhenyane XG. An assessment of dietary patterns in adult women of greater Letaba municipality, Limpopo province. SAJCN (2008) Volume 21. No.3 Page 234.
  • HV Mbhatsani¹, XG Mbhenyane¹ & Makuse SHM². School of Health Sciences, University of Venda. Dietary Diversification among Primary School Children in Vhembe District of Limpopo Province: An Intervention to Improve the Consumption of Indigenous Foods. 19TH International Congress of Nutrition 4-9 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 2009; 55(suppl 1) P377.
  • Mothiba, 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.

The following is a list of staff members and their contact details in the Department of Public Health:

Designation Name Contact
Senior Lecturer

Dr. RL Mamabolo

Bsc (Med. Sci), Msc (Med. Sci), (Unin), PhD (Med. Sci) (UL), MPH (Umea University)

Tel: 0159628683
Email: Ramoteme.mamabolo@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Dr. LF Mushaphi

RD (HPCSA), BSc (Dietetics) (Medunsa), M (Nutrition) (Unin), PhD (Nutrition) (UFS)

Tel: 0159628334
Email: Lindelani.musapi@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Mrs. CN Nesamvuni

BSc (Dietetics) (OSU), M (Nutrition) (Unin), IMHPE (UM)

Tel: 0159628653
Email: cebisa@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Mr. NS Mabapa

BSc (Human Physiology) (UP), BSc Hons (Community Nutrition), MSc (Nutrition) (Univen)

Tel: 0159628685
Email: Solomon.mabapa@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Ms. HV Mbhatsani

R Nutritionist (HPCSA), BSc (Nutrition), MSc (Nutrition), (Univen)

Tel: 0159628685
Email: Vanessa.mbatsani@univen.ac.za
Lecturer

Ms. TC Mandiwana

R Nutritionist (HPCSA), BSc (Nutrition), MSc (Nutrition), (Univen)

Tel: 0159628034
Email: Tsifiwa.mandiwana@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Mr. E Mabasa

R Nutritionist (HPCSA), Bsc (Nutrition) (Univen)

Tel: 0159628631
Email: Eri.mabasa@univen.ac.za
Junior Lecturer

Ms. TA Masia

R Nutritionist (HPCSA), Bsc (Nutrition) (Univen)

Tel: 0159628821
Email: Tirani.masi@univen.ac.za
Part-Time Leturers
Junior Lecturer

Mr. Maopo TC

R Nutritionist (HPCSA), Bsc (Nutrition) (Univen)

Tel: 0159628653
Email: MaopoTC@gmail.com
Junior Lecturer

Mr. Motadi SA

R Nutritionist (HPCSA), Bsc (Nutrition) (Univen)

Tel: 0159628683
Email: eans@webmail.co.za