5 x 2-hour lectures per semester
11 x 2-hour tutorials per semester
% = any matching topic, eg BIOL1% includes BIOL1101, BIOL1102 etc
1 Admission into MND-Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
1a Admission into MPH%
1b Admission into MHID-Master of Health and International Development
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
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 provide students with in-depth knowledge for public health and community nutrition practice, including the theoretical and policy context for public health. Students will develop skills for nutrition program planning based on sound intelligence, clear objectives, appropriate evaluation and ethical considerations.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced knowledge of a socio-ecological approach and health promotion principles within public health and community nutrition context
  2. Critically analyse major health and nutrition policy within a public health context
  3. Develop a Community nutrition program incorporating the theory and principles underpinning evidenced based planning, implementation and evaluation methods, health promotion principles and major health and nutrition policies
  4. Apply principles of cultural safety and ethical practice to nutrition program development
  5. Critically discuss collaborative approaches to stakeholder engagement within the context of 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.