Public Health Nutrition

    Unit code: HHN4003 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    HHN4001 - Professional Communication and Behaviour Change Skill
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Dietitians have a key role in the promotion of nutritional health and specifically lifestyle related disease prevention to the public. This unit explores how the practice of public health nutrition is informed by public health models that incorporates collaborative planning with stakeholders to enable positive health outcomes. The purpose of health promotion and public health nutrition will be examined along with the potential to positively influence the barriers and enablers of health to reduce health inequalities for vulnerable community groups. Students will gain knowledge and skills in a range of practical approaches and methods for promoting health, including overcoming the barriers associated with food security for diverse community groups. Using a project management cycle approach, they will assess needs, set priorities for action and plan interventions that promote health and nutrition.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Define, apply and critically evaluate the key theories and concepts which inform health promotion and public health nutrition models with consideration for food security barriers;
    2. Interrogate a range of approaches and methods for promoting health and nutrition, and exemplify their use in effective practice; and
    3. Illustrate a socio ecological approach, including advocacy, for the development of strategies to improve health across diverse communities including First Nation Peoples.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    Develop a felt needs assessment approach with justification (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Creative Works
    Grade: 30%
    Develop a professional multimedia resource highlighting nutritional barriers for the target community group. (1500 word-equivalent)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 50%
    Plan a nutrition intervention program (2000 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

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