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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Pre-requisites

NUT00215 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan AND BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences OR CMM10464 Psychosocial Contexts of Health

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 outline the key concepts underpinning public health nutrition, and identify the major food and nutrition issues in populations
2 compare and contrast the different models of public health and their application in a nutritional context
3 outline the key components of behavioural change models and how these influence effective health promotion
4 identify the uses, strengths and limitations of a variety of community nutrition assessment methods
5 explain the processes involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of nutrition based interventions and programs, and be able to apply aspects of this framework to contemporary examples of nutrition programs in Australia and the Asian/Pacific region
6 identify the multiple levels of food governance in Australia, the steps involved in food policy making, the roles and influences of various stakeholders on food and nutrition policy, and examine examples of food policy effectiveness on nutritional health
7 critically discuss the advantages, disadvantages and contributions of personal and political responsibility with regard to individual nutrition and health.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. outline the key concepts underpinning public health nutrition, and identify the major food and nutrition issues in populations
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. compare and contrast the different models of public health and their application in a nutritional context
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. outline the key components of behavioural change models and how these influence effective health promotion
    • GA4:
  4. identify the uses, strengths and limitations of a variety of community nutrition assessment methods
    • GA4:
  5. explain the processes involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of nutrition based interventions and programs, and be able to apply aspects of this framework to contemporary examples of nutrition programs in Australia and the Asian/Pacific region
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. identify the multiple levels of food governance in Australia, the steps involved in food policy making, the roles and influences of various stakeholders on food and nutrition policy, and examine examples of food policy effectiveness on nutritional health
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. critically discuss the advantages, disadvantages and contributions of personal and political responsibility with regard to individual nutrition and health.
    • GA1:
    • GA4: