Community and Public Health Nutrition Placement

Unit code: HHN7003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
336 credits of study within the Bachelor of Nutritional Science/ Masters of Dietetics OR 96 credits of student within the Masters of Dietetics.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit will consist of 35 days undertaken in a placement that provides public health nutrition experiences. This placement will allow student to apply their understanding of the interrelationship between food, nutrition and health at a community and/or population level. In addition to these placement days students will be required to attend orientation and presentation sessions. This unit is designed to provide students with practical placement learning in the design, delivery and evaluation of public health nutrition interventions. Students will consolidate knowledge and skills in relation to planning and evaluation, communication and team working within the frameworks of the National Dietetics Competency Standards, the Dietetics Statement of Ethical Practice and the Dietetic Code of Conduct.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exemplify the consolidation of dietetics knowledge and experience to support effective dietetics practice in public health nutrition, in line with the National Dietetic Competency Standard, the Dietetic Statement of Ethics and the Dietetic Code of Conduct requirements;
  2. Apply appropriate theory, frameworks and evidence base to the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of a public health nutrition intervention for a community/population group;
  3. Demonstrate the application of effective communication, cultural competency, and health and food literacy awareness, with a variety of community/population groups;
  4. Apply appropriate documentation and dissemination methods for a community/public health workplace; and
  5. Reflect on practice and demonstrate reflection in action.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: Pass/Fail
Professional Practice Placement assessment of competency in relevant domain elements of the National Dietetic Competency Standards
Assessment type: Report
Grade: Pass/Fail
Report summarising the planning and evaluation of public health nutrition interventions (4000 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: Pass/Fail
Presentation of a public health nutrition plan and evaluation (10mins)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: Pass/Fail
Reflective learning summary (500 words)

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

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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