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HUNT314 Nutrition and Health Communication

Nutrition and culture, education and communication.

This paper examines the inter-relationships between nutrition and culture and their implications for nutrition education. It also examines the theory of nutrition communication and its application to nutrition education and gives an introduction to qualitative research methodology.

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) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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One of HUNT 221, HUNT 222, HUNT 223, HUNT 232, HUNT 233, HUNT 201, HUNT 202
Schedule C
Paper Structure
The paper consists of three modules:

Nutrition and culture:
  • The impact of a number of views of reality or paradigms on nutrition
  • How definitions of health derived from culture and belief can affect the presentation and interpretation of health needs, with particular regard to MÄori people
  • A Treaty of Waitangi workshop and a study of MÄori Health concepts, as they relate to nutrition, used to explore issues in the preparation and presentation of nutrition education for MÄori people
  • Nutrition education and nutrition promotion
  • A study of strategies and their implementation and effectiveness in several arenas
Qualitative methodology:
  • A group research project employing qualitative interviewing is undertaken
Note: An important aspect of this paper is the shared participation by all students in practical experiences and their subjective evaluation. Students are requested to keep a course journal
Teaching Arrangements
Up to two full-day workshops may also be required.
Text books are not required for this paper, but a course book of compulsory readings and recommended readings is supplied.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
HUNT 314 is specifically designed to promote the following lifelong learning skills and attributes in graduates:

Personal attributes:
  • Understanding of self
  • Understanding the impact of your own culture on your self-beliefs and values around food and nutrition
  • An understanding of the impact of your own culture on your beliefs and values that underlie your practice as a nutrition communicator
  • Self-confidence
  • Independent judgement (a sense of personal agency)
  • An awareness of ethical issues
  • A multicultural perspective
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Creativity
  • An enjoyment of learning and the desire for life-long learning
  • The understanding and ability to relate respectfully to people of differing backgrounds
  • An understanding of the dynamics of successful teamwork
  • An enjoyment of team work and team learning
  • An understanding of the theory of nutrition communication and the skills to apply that understanding in the development of a nutrition resource for a specified target audience
  • An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and the skills to apply that understanding in nutrition programmes for MÄori people
  • An understanding of the theory and practical application of qualitative research
Intellectual skills of:
  • Contextual understanding
  • Critique
  • Lateral thinking
  • Synthesis
  • Organisational skills
  • Problem solving and the skills to implement change
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills
  • Theoretical and practical nutrition communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Practical teamwork skills
  • Interactive skills
Teaching staff
Dr Rachel Brown , Dr Louise Mainvil and Dr Lisa Te Morenga

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
G1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41