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    Principles and key concepts of behaviour theories and models of behaviour change and their application to individual eating behaviour (practices and skills).

    Behaviour and behaviour change are highly complex processes; knowing what we should be eating does not mean that we always make the healthy choice. This paper focuses on why people make the decisions they do in health and nutrition and how we can change habits and behaviours. HUNT 341 provides you not only with an understanding of behaviour, but also opportunities to practice behaviour change techniques in a supported environment. You will leave the course ready to put your skills into practice to help people effectively meet their nutrition goals.

    About this paper

    Paper title Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (HUNT 221, HUNT 222 and HUNT 223) or (Two of HUNT 241,HUNT 242, HUNT 243 or HUNT 245)
    Schedule C
    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.

    Teaching staff

    Dr Sara Styles

    Olivia Cornille

    Paper Structure

    The paper is organised into three major topic areas:

    1. Dietary behaviour
    2. Behaviour theories and models of behaviour
    3. Behaviour change techniques
    Teaching Arrangements

    Two 50-minute lectures per week. Lecture recordings will be available.

    Weekly 2-hour small interactive groups/practical seminars. Practical sessions are compulsory and not recorded.

    Students will complete an electronic workbook throughout the semester.


    Clifford D, Curtis L. Motivational interviewing in nutrition and fitness. New York: The Guilford Press; 2016. Available from:

    Key research papers will be used to complement lecture material. These will be available through Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of HUNT341 students should be able to:

    1. Apply theory to analyse their own dietary behaviour
    2. Create a behaviour change intervention to promote healthy eating principles
    3. Demonstrate the communication skills required to support dietary behaviour change
    4. Produce well-written critical reflections of readings and experiences applying HUNT 341 concepts


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Friday 09:00-10:50 9-12, 15-22
    A2 Friday 12:00-13:50 9-12, 15-22
    A3 Friday 15:00-16:50 9-12, 15-22
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