Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Claire Palermo


This unit will address prevention of disease at the population level. It will examine epidemiological indicators of nutrition related disease, the value of monitoring and surveillance in evaluating health indices over time, the role of targeted health promotion and health education strategies, and the use of upstream public health approaches to address nutrition related disorders like childhood obesity. The links between sectors like economics, advertising, and regulation will be examined for sociological and epidemiological impact as well as the social determinants of nutritional health.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the impact of diet on disease at a population level;
  2. critically appraise the use of epidemiology in the development and prioritisation of public health priorities;
  3. analyse population nutrition data and apply to the nutritional status of populations and the development of public health nutrition priorities;
  4. describe the history and development of public health and public health nutrition and outline the current key public health nutrition issues in Australia and the policy frameworks that support these;
  5. outline the goals of public health and the key concepts of public health practice, including, capacity building, prevention and health promotion;
  6. explain public health advocacy and apply the advocacy framework to a current public health nutrition issue;
  7. identify determinants of population nutrition issues and employ the program planning cycle to these issues in the development of nutrition interventions; and
  8. evaluate the effectiveness of public health nutrition approaches to nutrition related disease and issues compared to clinical approaches.


Examination: 50%
Assignments: 50%
Tutorial activities: ungraded.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours per week (interactive classes and tutorials), 8 hours self-directed study.


BMS1042, BND1032 or equivalent


BND3031 and must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics