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NUTN402 Nutrition and Health Promotion

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Current evidence-informed approaches to nutrition, education, promotion and communication.

This paper is relevant for health or education professionals who want to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills to complement their work as:

  • General practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • Public health professionals
  • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (e.g. physical education, food technology or home economics teachers)

Paper title Nutrition and Health Promotion
Paper code NUTN402
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,651.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,688.75

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CMNX 402, NUTX 402
An elective paper for PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition; may also be taken by other approved students.
Eligible students will be professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition but with a strong background in biological sciences or health science.
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Caroline Horwath

Paper Structure

NUTN402 addresses the following topics:

  • Introduction to the personal, environmental and societal factors influencing food choices.
  • Nutrition education
  • Application of theories of behaviou to eating behaviour.
  • Food environments
  • Planning and evaluating nutrition-promotion programmes.
  • New Zealand food and nutrition policy overview
Teaching Arrangements

The paper is is distance taught using Zoom.

  • Zoom sessions run from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Thursdays (as per blackboard).
  • The sessions are conducted as tutorials rather than lectures.
  • Prior to the sessions, students are expected to have read articles provided and watched lectures provided.
  • There is an expectation of participation in discussion.
All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper, you will have an applied understanding of

  • Personal, environmental, and societal factors influencing food choice
  • Health-promotion principles and practices in planning and evaluating nutrition programmes
  • Behavioural and environmental chagne theories used in nutrition promotion

You will also be able to

  • Apply theories of behaviour and behaviour change to eating behaviour.
  • Plan an evidence-informed nutrition-promotion programme

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system