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HUNT314 Nutrition and Health Communication

Nutrition and culture, education and communication.

This paper helps students to apply their scientific knowledge in real-world contexts.  This requires interdisciplinary thinking and development of graduate attributes.

Students will learn how to plan and evaluate interventions that address socioecological and sociocultural  influences on food choice, health and wellbeing (including Hauora Māori) in order to inspire healthy eating at a population level and reduce health inequalities.

Paper title Nutrition and Health Communication
Paper code HUNT314
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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One of HUNT 221, HUNT 222, HUNT 223, HUNT 232, HUNT 233, HUNT 201, HUNT 202
Schedule C
Paper Structure

Topics covered in this paper include:

  • Health promotion
  • Health equity and social determinants of health
  • Treaty of Waitangi – Hauora Māori
  • Psychosocial and environmental factors influencing food choice
  • Nutrition education and behavioural communications
  • Community activation and cross-cultural communications
  • Food environments and persuasive communications
  • Food and nutrition policies and advocacy communications
  • Public health nutrition programme planning and evaluation
Teaching Arrangements

This paper has two interactive learning sessions (5 contact hours) per week.

Note: An important aspect of this paper is the shared participation by all students in practical experiences.  We use interactive teaching and learning methods (classroom activities and discussion, and inquiry-based learning); some assessment tasks are completed during class time.


Electronic reading materials will be provided.  A textbook may be required.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

HUNT 314 students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge of socioecological anad sociocultural influences on food choice, health and wellbeing, including Hauora Māori
  • Identify insightful socioecological and sociocultural needs of a target population and design a viable, effective response to inspire healthy eating (including behavioural, cross-cultural, persuasive and advocacy communications)
  • Plan and evaluate a multilevel public health nutrition programme to improve eating behaviour at a population level and reduce health inequalities
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Caroline Horwath

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-29, 33, 36, 39, 41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 30-31, 37-38, 40
A2 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 30-31, 37-38, 40
A3 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 30-31, 37-38, 40
A4 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 30-31, 37-38, 40


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 32
A2 Friday 13:00-14:50 32
A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 32
A4 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 33
AND one stream from
B1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 34
B2 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 34
B3 Friday 10:00-11:50 34
B4 Friday 13:00-14:50 34