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.

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HHN4001 - Professional Communication and Behaviour Change Skill

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.  


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

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