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Healthcare, Sport and Wellness Dietetics and Nutrition

Certificate for Module (The Science of Plant-Based Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals)

Course Code
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Study mode
Start Date
26 Aug 2024 (Mon)
34 hours
Course Fee
Deadline on 31 Jul 2024 (Wed)
2975 5878
3104 9137
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Plant-based nutrition has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, obesity and certain types of cancers. Despite these benefits, plant-based nutrition is often not prioritised in healthcare practice as most physicians and healthcare professionals receive limited education in this area.
This programme aims to bridge this gap by providing healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses and dietitians with comprehensive knowledge on the latest research and development on plant-based nutrition in healthcare management.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to
  1. critically evaluate the roles of plant-based nutrition on health, prevention and management of chronic diseases, aging and immunity;
  2. examine the barriers in diet modification and devise evidence-based practical strategies to support clients/ patients to adopt a plant-based diet;
  3. describe the impact of plant-based nutrition on the environment and planetary health; and
  4. integrate and apply the latest sustainable food trends and foodservice guidelines in healthcare practice.

Programme Details

Programme Syllabus

  • Plant-based nutrition and healthy food guidelines
  • Nutritional requirements at different stages of life cycle
  • Barriers for diet modification
  • Plant-based nutrition and chronic disease management
    • Cancer and autoimmune diseases
    • Cardiovascular diseases and hypertension
    • Diabetes
    • Renal and liver disease
  • Plant-based nutrition and weight management
  • Plant-based sports nutrition and supplements
  • Plant-based nutrition on ageing, immunity and food sustainability in post-COVID pandemic
  • Latest plant-based food trends and innovations in protein alternatives
  • Sustainability in healthcare foodservice management
    • Carbon foot-print calculation
    • Connections between food and planetary health
    • Implementation of plant-based menus and recipe standardisation in healthcare settings

Mode of Delivery

The programmes will be delivered through online webinars, face-to-face lectures and tutorials.


Written Examination: 100%

Attendance Requirement

At least 70%.


Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded a "Certificate for Module (The Science of Plant-Based Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals" within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.


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Days / Time
  • Monday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm and occasionally Saturday afternoons 2:30pm - 5:30pm


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$7980

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall be healthcare professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent awarded by a recognised university.


If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as: 

      (i) HKDSE English Language Level 3 or above; or

      (ii) HKALE Grade D or above; or

      (iii) HKCEE English Language Grade C (Syllabus B) (obtained before 2007) or Level 3 (obtained after 2007); or

      (iv) an overall band of 6.5 average with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

      (vi) equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


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Enrolment Method

Interested candidates should apply by returning the application form, together with relevant supporting documents, copy of Hong Kong Identity Card (or valid working / dependent visa with original entry permit) and an application fee of HK$150 cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE" (non-refundable) to either:

By post: Attn to Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences, 13/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong. OR

In person: any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters (Attn: Dietetics, Food and Nutritional Sciences). OR

By online: through HKU SPACE website.

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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