5 x 2-hour lectures per semester
11 x 2-hour tutorials 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
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) and 2) or (3 and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
NUTD3012 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of social and ecological determinants of food choices.
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 comprehensive 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 you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge of a socio-ecological approach and health promotion principles within a public health and community nutrition context
  2. Analyse major health and nutrition policy within a public health context
  3. Develop a Community nutrition program incorporating evidenced based planning, implementation and evaluation methods, health promotion principles and major health and nutrition policies
  4. Discuss collaboration with broader disciplines and the role of stakeholders in nutrition program development.

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.