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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):