PUBH5804 Food and Nutrition in Population Health

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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; regulation of the food supply; and public health nutrition interventions.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical appraisal of public health nutrition information from both scientific literature and lay media sources; (2) discuss the key nutrients essential for human health in terms of their requirements, roles and dietary sources at significant life stages; (3) outline the principles of and approaches to dietary assessment for individuals, groups and populations; (4) identify the key nutritional issues for indigenous people locally and globally; (5) discuss the role of nutrition in maintaining optimal health and preventing or delaying the development of chronic disease and apply this knowledge to the assessment of individual and population dietary patterns; (6) outline major national and global nutrition and health issues relating to food insecurity and food ecology and discuss the environmental impact and sustainability of current dietary patterns; (7) summarise and debate central aspects of food regulation and food policy in Australia; (8) demonstrate knowledge of research methodology for nutritional epidemiology applicable to public health theory, policy and practice; and (9) demonstrate effective oral and written communication of nutrition and health information to a wide range of audiences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation in and contribution to in-class activities; (2) personal food record and assessment; and (3) video assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Siobhan Hickling
Contact hours
1 week full-time
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