PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit covers the essential nutrients, their roles and sources; nutrition for different life stages; popular diets; nutrition and chronic disease; Indigenous nutrition; global nutrition issues; and regulation of the food supply.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss the key nutrients essential for human health in terms of their roles and dietary sources; (2) outline the different nutritional requirements at various life stages; (3) illustrate the role of nutrition in the development and management of lifestyle diseases; (4) identify factors that influence dietary behaviour in Australia; (5) outline global nutrition issues including food insecurity and food ecology; (6) describe key aspects of nutrition policy and food regulation in Australia; (7) compare different methods for assessing nutritional status including the advantages and limitations of each method; (8) illustrate the key nutritional issues for indigenous Australians; and (9) demonstrate critical appraisal of public health nutrition information from both scientific literature and lay media sources.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessed tutorial activities; (2) mid-semester and end-of-semester examination; and (3) dietary analysis infographic assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Siobhan Hickling
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PUBH1101 Health and Illness in Human Populations or PUBH1102 Health and Globalisation or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human or ANTH1001 Being Human: Culture, Identity and Society or ANTH1002 Global Change, Local Responses or IMED1001 Form and Function or IMED1002 The Facts of Life or IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication or IMED1004 Health and Society
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; online activities 1 hour per week tutorials: 10 x 2 hour tutorial during semester
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