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    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)

    About this paper

    Paper title Nutrition and Health Promotion
    Subject Human Nutrition
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,879.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 background in biological sciences or health science.

    Teaching staff

    Dr Sara Styles

    Paper Structure

    NUTN402 addresses the following topics:

    • Dietary behaviour, behaviour theories and models of behaviour change
    • Behaviour change techniques
    • Motivational interviewing
    • The relationship between culture and health
    Teaching Arrangements

    The paper is is distance taught using Zoom.

    Zoom sessions run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on alternate Thursdays. The Zoom sessions run as a mixture of lectures and tutorials 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
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

    • Understand personal, environmental, and societal factors that influence dietary behaviour
    • Apply motivational interviewing skills
    • Create a dietary behaviour change intervention using theory and healthy eating principles



    Semester 1

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