Unit description

Introduces students to public health nutrition and nutrition promotion, specialised fields within the broader public health domain. The syllabus aims to mirror the steps involved in the development of new public health nutrition initiatives, starting with the various methods of dietary habits and community nutritional status assessment, right through to the inception and implementation of policy and programs to redress any nutritional risks identified.

Unit content

Topic 1: Concepts and guiding principles in nutrition and public health nutrition and nutrition promotion - Emergent and contrasting nutritional paradigms, e.g. Molecular and New Nutrition Science - Models of public health approaches in a nutritional context, e.g. socio-ecological, lifestyle and biological - Integrating nutrition science with public health - Models of behavioural change and their influence upon effective health promotion strategies

Topic 2: Extension of knowledge regarding community nutritional assessment techniques - Reasons for determining the nutrition of any given population - Food and dietary surveillance methods - Nutritional status assessment methods - Interpretation and critique of food and nutrition data

Topic 3: Nutritional programs and interventions - Research and analysis - Building capacity - Intervention management - Evaluating the effectiveness of interventions - Contemporary examples of nutrition programs in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region

Topic 4: Food politics - Nutritionally disadvantaged populations - groups at risk due to cultural, socioeconomic, or racial issues - The multiple levels of food governance and stakeholders - The relationship between the public and private sectors with regard to food/nutrition policy development - The politics of responsibility: government versus individual - Contemporary examples of food/nutrition policy in Australia and the Asia/Pacific region

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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