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NUTN402 Nutrition and Health Promotion

Current evidence-informed approaches to nutrition, education, promotion and communication.

This paper is relevant for health or education professionals who want to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills to complement their work as:

  • General practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Public health professionals
  • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (e.g. physical education, food technology or home economics teachers)

Paper title Nutrition and Health Promotion
Paper code NUTN402
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,801.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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CMNX 402, NUTX 402
An elective paper for PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition; may also be taken by other approved students.

Eligible students will be professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition but with a background in biological sciences or health science.

Teaching staff

Dr Sara Styles

Paper Structure

NUTN402 addresses the following topics:

  1. Developing individual-level evidence-based, culturally safe nutrition and health promotion interventions.
  2. Intuitive eating.
  3. Health at Every Size.
  4. Application of models and theories of behaviour change within nutrition-based health promotion.
  5. Communication skills for nutrition-specific health promotion.
  6. Evaluating individual-level nutrition-promotion interventions.
  7. Developing community- and population-level ethical and evidence-based nutrition and health promotion programmes/policies.
  8. The role of technology in nutrition and health promotion.
Teaching Arrangements

The paper is is distance taught using Zoom.

  • Zoom sessions run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on alternate Thursdays.
  • The Zoom sessions run as a mixture of lectures and tutorials.
  • There is an expectation that students will have read material provided prior to the session and participate in the discussion.
All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper, you will have an applied understanding of:

  • Personal, environmental, and societal factors influencing food choice
  • Health-promotion principles and practices in planning and evaluating nutrition programmes
  • Behavioural and environmental change theories used in nutrition promotion

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system