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Nutrition Policy and Public Health (NUTR30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeNUTR30001
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This subject critically examines the science, policy and politics of the relationship between food, nutrition and health. A key focus will be how nutrition scientific knowledge is interpreted and translated into nutrition, food and agricultural policies and regulations. The social, economic, commercial, scientific and regulatory processes and structures that shape food consumption patterns; the various scientific approaches for evaluating food quality; and a comparison of dietary patterns and the dietary health of populations, will all be explored.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Understand how scientific knowledge is interpreted and translated into food and nutrition policies;
  • Understand the basic social, economic, scientific and regulatory processes involved in food production, quality, and consumption;
  • Evaluate government policies and industry strategies that influence food production for public health;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key frameworks, concepts and debates in the literature relating to nutrition politics and policy;
  • Discuss approaches to the prevention and amelioration of population health problems through nutrition education and policy;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of national and global causes and consequences of nutritional deficiencies and over consumption, and methods of measurement involved;
  • Discuss national and global causes and consequences food insecurity and food sustainability;
  • Use scientific evidence to identify nutritional deficiencies in diets in order to reduce human disease and inform nutrition policy.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:

  • Applying critical skills to evaluate and analyse subject content
  • Ability to systemically integrate research data from different references
  • Communication skills, through written and tutorial engagement
  • Quantitative analytical skills
  • Time management

Last updated: 12 July 2019