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Nutrition and Diet in Primary Health Care

This innovative training at the University of Porto, is created in partnership with the Portuguese Association of General and Family Medicine (APMGF) because there is growing scientific evidence that demonstrates the importance of food and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of various diseases, namely in chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia. There is a lot of interest on the part of general and family medicine doctors in deepening and diversifying their knowledge and skills in these areas, which are, in most cases, poorly addressed in the context of their specific training. This training will provide family doctors with knowledge and skills on this subject, essential for them to improve their professional practice.


This course aims to develop knowledge, skills and competences in the area of clinical nutrition, namely:
1. Understand and know how to apply the knowledge acquired in the context of consultation regarding the nutritional approach of the patient with the different pathologies addressed;
2. Know how to implement a culture of multi and interdisciplinarity in the workplace in the evaluation and discussion of nutritional therapy;
3. Promoting healthy eating in the context of General and Family Medicine consultations: Brief advice for healthy eating in primary health care;
4. Screening, diagnosis and nutritional therapy of nutritional status disorders: malnutrition, sarcopenia, vitamin and mineral deficiencies;
5. The impact of diet and nutrition on metabolic diseases (obesity, diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, dyslipidemia) and interpreting the guidelines for the treatment of these pathologies. 

General information

Teacher Responsible: Nuno Borges
Acronym: NACSP
Type of course/cycle of study: Continuing Training Unit
Start: 2021/2022
Duration: 54 Hour

Study Plan


  • Nutrition and Diet in Primary Health Care (2 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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