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HUND472 Public Health Dietetics

The study of theory, application and evaluation of nutrition and the social environment, community demographics and needs, preventative nutrition and community health promotion, nutrition policy, food legislation and quality.

This paper prepares Master of Dietetic students for an exciting career in public health nutrition.

  • Why do people eat what they do?
  • How are personal, environmental and societal factors influencing food choice?
  • How do we design multi-level health promotion programmes (including policies) to enable people to eat healthily?
  • How do we evaluate these programmes and learn from our successes and attempts to overcome challenging situations?

Public health dietetics knowledge and skills will be gained through prioritised readings, self-directed study, interactive lectures, practice seminars, tutorials, community experiences, reflective learning and professional supervision. Students will consolidate this learning during a real-world block placement in year two of their Master of Dietetics course (HUND 477).

Paper title Public Health Dietetics
Paper code HUND472
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester (21 February 2019 - 19 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,868.04
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,517.77

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Limited to
Prior to applying for entry into the Master of Dietetics Programme, students should have completed a BCApSc, BAppSc or a BSc in Human Nutrition.
Teaching staff

Contact: Mary Spiers

Paper Structure
Module topics covered:
  • Introduction to public health dietetics
  • Public health nutrition programmes
  • New Zealand food and nutrition policies and legislation
  • Critical reflection on public health dietetics learning
Teaching Arrangements

Attendance at all lectures, seminars, tutorials, skills laboratories and placements is compulsory.

All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Applies health promotion and nutrition science principles to promote and manage population health
  • Assesses, plans, monitors and evaluates public health nutrition programmes
  • Assesses and applies New Zealand food and nutrition policies and legislation
  • Develops the knowledge, skills and attributes required to meet all entry-level competencies set by the New Zealand Dietitians Board
The full Statement of Registration Competencies can be found on the New Zealand Dietitians Board's website ("Statement of Registration Competency Requirements").

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First Semester (21 February 2019 - 19 June 2019)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system