Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Palermo


Public health nutrition addresses the prevention and management of diseases at a population level. This unit will cover the theoretical underpinnings of public health, health promotion and health education and focus on strategies that address the major nutrition related diseases and issues affecting the Australian population. The theories of program planning will be used to inform the basis of planning, implementing and evaluating public health nutrition interventions across a continuum of strategies and these strategies critiqued using the literature and policy analysis and evaluative frameworks.


  1. Discuss opportunities for beneficial change to the Australian food supply
  2. Explain how the Australian health system meets the needs of the general population and population sub-groups
  3. Explain how the Australian health system is regulated by state and government agencies and discuss channels for change
  4. Evaluate how public health policy may influence food consumption and nutritional status and review its relevance to chronic disease management in populations
  5. Explain the prevention paradox and its application to chronic disease management at a population level
  6. Discuss the socio-environmental/ecological approach to population nutrition issues
  7. Define and differentiate public health and public health nutrition
  8. Explain the main theoretical bases of health education and health promotion
  9. Apply the social, environmental, economic and political determinants of nutrition status to a priority public health nutrition area
  10. Critique and compare several scientific papers in the field of nutrition and public health findings from evidence based research to dietetic practice
  11. Analyse the major disease-related morbidity and mortality issues in Australia
  12. Indicate the biological and social links between diet and disease
  13. Identify priority public health nutrition issues in Australia and the frameworks that support them
  14. Plan, implement and evaluate a group education program.
  15. Design an evaluation strategy for an intervention to improve population health
  16. Demonstrate media advocacy skills around a nutrition issue


Assignments 60%; Exam 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

1 week intensive plus 1x 3 hour classroom sessions for 10 weeks of semester