PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) summarise the key nutrients essential for human health in terms of their roles and dietary sources; (2) identify the different nutritional requirements at various life stages; (3) describe and 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) summarise key aspects of nutrition policy and food regulation in Australia; (7) compare different methods for assessing nutritional status and identify the advantages and limitations of nutritional assessment; (8) identify 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.
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
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week; online activities 1 hour per week tutorials: 5 x 2 hour tutorial during semester
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