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HUNT343 Community and Public Health Nutrition

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Theory and methods in health promotion and public health nutrition to assess, plan, implement, communicate and evaluate community-based nutrition programmes and policies.

Students will learn how to apply nutrition and public health principles to promote and maintain population health. They will explore the wider socioecological factors, policies and inequities influencing food intake and health in New Zealand, and use health promotion principles to develop skills to implement and evaluate community and population strategies to support healthy eating.

Paper title Community and Public Health Nutrition
Paper code HUNT343
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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(Two of HUNT 241, HUNT 242, HUNT 243 or HUNT 245) or (HUNT 221, HUNT 222 and HUNT 223)
Schedule C
Students in the Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a major in Sport and Exercise Nutrition may take this paper having passed HUNT221 and one of HUNT222 or HUNT223. To do this, apply for Special Permission at the Review and Submit stage of your application.

Teaching staff

Dr Claire Smith and Mary Spiers

Paper Structure

The paper is organised into three course modules:

  1. Public health and health promotion principles
  2. Using evidence, surveillance, monitoring and community needs assessment
  3. Evaluating public policy and planning a community health promotion programme

Course material will be delivered within interactive seminars. Throughout the course students will complete ten challenges designed to develop and practice skills in health promotion, three of which will be assesed. Some challenges will involve collaborative work and community outreach.

Teaching Arrangements

Two interactive learning sessions (1 hr each) and one workshop (2 hrs) per week for 13 weeks.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Key research papers will be used to complement lecture material. These will be available through Blackboard.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of HUNT343 students will be able to

  • Describe public health nutrition and health promotion principles including health equity
  • Understand the role of environmental, sociocultural, economic and structural factors on food intake and health in New Zealand
  • Develop skills in investigating community needs, advocating for policies and using evidence to inform decisions to promote healthy food environments
  • Justify, plan and evaluate community based nutrition interventions and public health policy

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41