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NUTN402 Nutrition and Health Promotion

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 Not offered in 2019, expected to be offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2019 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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
Dr Louise Mainvil
Paper Structure
This paper has seven modules:
  • Health promotion and factors influencing food choice
  • Nutrition education
  • Programme needs assessment
  • Food environments/politics
  • Nutrition-promotion programme planning
  • Nutrition-promotion programme evaluation
  • New Zealand food and nutrition policy overview
Teaching Arrangements

The paper is is distance taught using audioconferences. Audioconferences run from 6:10pm to 8pm on alternate Tuesdays. The audioconferences run as tutorials rather than lectures, and there is an expectation that students will have read material provided prior to the session and participate in the discussion.

All reading material will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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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 programme planning and evaluation principles
  • Interpersonal and environmental change theories used in nutrition promotion
You will also be able to
  • Apply behavioural science (social cognitive theory) to eating behaviour
  • Analyse and interpret secondary data as part of a nutrition-promotion programme needs assessment
  • Plan an evidence-informed (multi-level) nutrition-promotion programme
  • Analyse nutrition-promotion programme evaluation activities

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Not offered in 2019, expected to be offered in 2020

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