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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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Prerequisite
(Two of HUNT 241, HUNT 242, HUNT 243 or HUNT 245) or (HUNT 221, HUNT 222 and HUNT 223)
Schedule C
Science
Notes
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.
Contact

human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz

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

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
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

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

Public health nutritionists work to improve the health and wellbeing of communities and populations with evidence-based policies, programmes and interventions. In HUNT 343 students apply nutrition knowledge, critical thinking and research skills to evaluate policies, explore solutions, and communicate evidence.

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 Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
(Two of HUNT 241, HUNT 242, HUNT 243 or HUNT 245) or (HUNT 221, HUNT 222 and HUNT 223)
Schedule C
Science
Notes
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.
Contact

human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Claire Smith (Paper Co-ordinator) and Mary Spiers

Paper Structure

The paper is organised into four modules including:

  1. Introduction to public health nutrition
  2. Nutrition policy and food environments in New Zealand
  3. Community nutrition and intervention management
  4. Future directions in public health nutrition
Teaching Arrangements

Two interactive lectures (1-hour each) and one workshop (2-hours) per week.

Textbooks

There are no set textbooks for this paper. Readings from research papers and book chapters will be available via e-reserve or the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • Describe the social determinants of health, existing health inequalities (including food insecurity), socioecological models, and health equity and explain how they relate to nutrition relevant health outcomes
  • Explain the principles of the Ottawa and Bangkok Charters and Te Tiriti o Waitangi to promote health
  • Use and retrieve national and local nutrition and health surveillance data to inform public health nutrition decisions and practice
  • Explain and evaluate the role of Government, local councils and settings (e.g. schools and workplaces) in ensuring and enabling health
  • Apply principles of programme planning, behaviour change theory and socioecological approaches to design community interventions to promote healthy food environments
  • Translate scientific evidence, nutritional guidelines and concepts into messages that can be understood by non-science groups to promote health

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

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

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41