11 x 2-hour tutorials per semester
5 x 2-hour on-line lectures per semester
1 Admission into BND-Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
1a Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
1b Admission into BMS-Bachelor of Medical Science
1c Admission into BHN-Bachelor of Human Nutrition
1d Admission into BNS-Bachelor of Nutrition Science
2 2 of NUTD1105, NUTD2105
3 Admission into BSHPA-Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity
4 NUTD2105 - Individual, Social and Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d) and 2) or (3 and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
NUTD3012 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Students will be expected to have knowledge of social and ecological determinants of food choices
Course context
This topic is a core topic in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition Major).
Topic description
This topic develops students' understanding of public health and community nutrition, within the context of health promotion practice. Public health nutrition applies a population-level perspective to preventing diet-related health problems, and promoting healthy eating, while community nutrition takes a local-level perspective, defined by a smaller geographical area. Both public health and community nutrition are informed by theoretical frameworks of primary health care and health promotion, which recognise the social and environmental determinants of health and illness. Students will be introduced to health and nutrition policies which guide public health and nutrition interventions. They will develop knowledge and skills in systematic nutrition program development, encompassing needs assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation. Programs will be based on principles of evidence-based practice, cultural safety, ethical interventions, multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral practice.
Educational aims
This topic aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in public health and community nutrition practice. Specifically it aims to develop knowledge about the theoretical and policy context for public health and community nutrition practice, and skills in program development.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of public health and community nutrition.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of health promotion and primary health care.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major nutrition and health policies.

  • Apply this knowledge to development of a community nutrition program including sound intelligence, clear objectives and appropriate evaluation.

  • Demonstrate understanding of collaboration with broader disciplines and stakeholders in nutrition program development.