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HUNT453 Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition

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Builds skills and understanding within the field of behavioural and applied nutrition. Topics include: application of behaviour change theory to eating behaviour, development and application of food models, the policy and process for food regulation.

Paper title Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition
Paper code HUNT453
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,655.33
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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Teaching staff
Associate Professor Rachel Brown
Paper Structure
The paper consists of three modules:
  • Theories of health behaviour change and their application to eating behaviour
  • Effective methods for nutrition communication
  • The policy and process of food regulation at a population level
Teaching Arrangements
Two 2-hour classes per week

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Students will be provided with readings.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of HUNT 453 you should be able to:
  • Discuss approaches to nutrition promotion across the spectrum from individual behaviour change to specific population group and policy levels
  • Identify and understand key constructs associated with some of the most widely used models of health behaviour change (e.g. social cognitive theory, stages of change or transtheoretical model, relapse prevention)
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of various models of health behaviour change
  • Apply theoretical health behaviour change models to understanding a specific eating behaviour of your own and changing a selected aspect of your own eating behaviour
  • Develop an evidence-based submission regarding food regulations/nutrition policy on a topical nutrition issue and debate the pros and cons of specific policies/regulations
  • Discuss the development, delivery or potential uses of specific nutritional messages
  • Explore the relevant scientific literature and other information sources prior to the creation of a nutrition message aimed at a specific group. Investigate delivery methods - be able to explain your choice and why it is likely to be most effctive for your chosen group
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to an audience

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system