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Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is characterised by a pattern of eating that avoids certain foods or food groups entirely and/or is restricted in quantity. It is a relatively new eating disorder, that was first recognised in the DSM-V criteria in 2013, and therefore research around appropriate management is evolving. ARFID sufferers may need support from a multidisciplinary team including a psychologist, dietitian, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist and physician.

The course will provide education on the journey of ARFID, from diagnosis, to assessment and management, incorporating up-to-date research in this area, as well as information on practical management. It will cultivate the imagination of participants through creative, thought-provoking opportunities for engagement, using a range of learning opportunities including toolkits, quizzes and online discussions to reinforce knowledge acquisition and application in practice.

This course has been created in partnership with ARFID Awareness UK and the University of Winchester, by a multidisciplinary team with experience in practice, higher education and active in research. It intends to provide a reliable source of contemporary information on nutrition and ARFID related health care issues for Health Care Professionals.

Dr Rosan Meyer (BSc (Hons) Diet, MSc Nutrition, PhD)

Dr. Rosan Meyer is a clinical academic paediatric dietitian, holding honorary Senior Lecturer status at Imperial College London, as well as Visiting Professor status at Leuven University, Belgium.  She currently teaches on the Allergy MSc, Imperial College London, the MSc on Deglutology, KU Leuven and is an international guest speaker at conferences. She sees patients with ARFID in her clinic and is a trustee of ARFID Awareness Charity in the United Kingdom.

Dr Gillian Harris (Phd, MSc, Ba, AFBPsS, C.Psychol)

Dr Gillian Harris has carried out research into infant and child feeding behaviour and appetite regulation at the University of Birmingham, School of Psychology, UK, where she now holds an honorary fellowship. Her specific research and clinical interest is the development of food acceptance and rejection in early infancy and early childhood. She is widely published and has been awarded multiple research grants to support her research. She now jointly runs a private service for children and adults with ARFID. She is a trustee of ARFID Awareness UK.

Sarah Mason (MSc, MPhil, MRCSLT)

Sarah Mason is a speech and language therapist who has worked in the field of childhood feeding problems, primarily at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, UK, and latterly freelance as part of Birmingham Food Refusal Services (BFRS). This is a service that provides consultancy and training for professionals and parents of children with feeding difficulties, including Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. She a trustee of the ARFID Awareness UK charity.


This course has been endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for 5 hours of continuing professional development. On completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate of completion from the University. The course is open to those in and outside the UK.



Distance learning only.

Learning and teaching

This is a fully online, 5 - 10 hour distance learning course, facilitated by Dr Luise Marino and Dr Rosan Meyer. It will involve approximately 5 - 10 hours of study and consists of a combination of written material, pre-recorded lectures, quizzes and the opportunity to engage in topical  discussions. The course can be worked through in your own time but all the content needs to be completed before the end date.

This distance-learning course is delivered via Canvas. Due to government regulations, Instructure (Canvas) prohibits the unauthorised use of its products and services in specific countries and regions. We need to make these restrictions clear to individuals considering this course. Please see the guidance as documented by Canvas.

Which countries are restricted from using Canvas?

This course requires access to the following:

  • Windows XP SP3 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux - chrome OS
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor
  • Minimum of 512kbps (basic DSL)

JavaScript must be enabled in your browser.

  • Chrome 19
  • Safari 5
  • Firefox 12






Run by the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Winchester, this is the only University-based course of its kind in the UK.

This course is predominately aimed at health care professionals (doctors, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists) interested in improving their knowledge and expertise in ARFID.

However, a wide range of people who care for children have taken this course and found it beneficial, including parents, carers, social workers and educators.

A good command of the English Language is required, both written and oral.

Course enquiries and applications

Book now

For latest course dates please click the book now button.

For general enquiries please contact the department administrator

For academic/course content enquires please contact Dr Rosan Meyer


Modules Credits

Topic 1

Diagnosis of ARFID and the overlap with other medical conditions

Topic 2

Nutritional, psychological and sensory-motor-skill assessment

Topic 3

Dietary, psychological and sensory-motor skill management

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

The introductory fee is £95 
You will receive joining instructions via email within 10 days of the start date.

Total Cost | £95

Key course details

5-10 hours
Distance Learning only