Public Health Nutrition

Unit code: HHN4003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
HHN4001 - Professional Communication and Behaviour Change Skill
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Dietitians have a key role in the promotion of health, and specifically nutritional health, to the public. This unit explores how the practice of public health nutrition is informed by public health theories, principles and values. The origins and purpose of health promotion and public health nutrition will be examined along with the potential to positively influence the determinants of health and reduce health inequalities, including health and food literacy. Students will gain knowledge and skills in a range of practical approaches and methods for promoting health and nutrition. Using a project management cycle they will assess needs, set priorities for action and plan and manage interventions that promote health and nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Define and critically evaluate the key theories and concepts which inform health promotion and public health nutrition;
  2. Interrogate a range of approaches and methods for promoting health and nutrition, exemplifying their use in practice;
  3. Design and justify an evidence-based nutritional health promotion intervention for a specific community; and
  4. Evaluate and interpret evidence to inform program evaluation and management.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 25%
Online test (60mins)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Develop a nutritional health promotion plan (3000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Individual video presentation of nutritional health promotion plan (5mins)

Required reading

No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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