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Functional Food Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics CSA206


Functional foods are broadly described as providing health benefits beyond basic nutrition. These benefits are mediated through interaction with various biological processes in the body, analogous to drug products, and in fact blur the line between food and medicine. It follows that pharmacological principles can apply to components of the food in the same way as a drug, such as the pharmacodynamic effect in the body at the molecular level, as well as how the food component is handled by the body from absorption, distribution throughout the body, metabolism, and elimination from the body (pharmacokinetics). Students will apply these pharmacological principles to a range of common functional foods to better understand the potential health impacts of these functional food components.


Unit name Functional Food Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
Unit code CSA206
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Vanni Caruso
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify common foods and supplements, and their respective chemical constituents that have been reported to modify disease processes beyond nutritional value
  • Describe the pharmacological mechanisms behind common functional food and supplement chemical constituents, including their purported mechanism of action and fate in the body
  • Describe the quality of the evidence related to functional food and supplement physiological effects on the human body from a clinical perspective

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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Teaching Pattern

Students are expected to devote around 8-10 hours per week in total towards online content (modules and workshops), assessment tasks and self-directed learning. This comprises 2 hours per week of online content, 2 hours per week of online workshops and approximately 2-4 hours of self-directed learning per week. Students can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format, with some modules requiring completion before attending the online workshops.  Online workshops will provide the opportunity to engage with instructors and peers and consolidate the student’s knowledge of the online content.

AssessmentQuiz (20%)|Multiple-choice and short Answer Questions Online Assessment (40%)|Critical Appraisal of the Scientific Literature (40%)
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