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HUNT443 Practice in Public Health Nutrition

Students will apply public health nutrition knowledge, problem-solving, analytical, communication, and research skills creatively and collaboratively with peers and community partners to real-life or real-world public health projects.

Paper title Practice in Public Health Nutrition
Paper code HUNT443
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,748.85
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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HUNT 343
Students who have not passed HUNT 343 may be admitted with approval from the Postgraduate Coordinator or the Head of Department

Teaching staff

Dr Claire Smith (Paper Co-ordinator)
Ms Mary Spiers (Professional Practice Fellow)

Paper Structure

Students complete two practice-based projects including:

  • Planning, delivering and evaluating a community-based workshop
  • A project to meet the identified needs of a public health organisation and their community

By working on "real-world projects" students will develop skills in written and oral communication, teamwork, research, and problem-solving.

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

There is one 2-hour workshop facilitated by teaching staff every week, and one 2-hour self-directed class where students work in groups on the projects and meet with teaching staff.


There are no set textbooks for this paper. Readings from research papers and book chapters will be available via e-Reserve or the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Incorporate theories of behaviour change, and demonstrate cultural awareness to increase nutrition knowledge and promote health in a community setting
  • Translate scientific evidence, nutritional guidelines and concepts into messages that can be understood by non-science groups to promote health
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively and professionally with other students, teaching staff and community partners
  • Use research approaches (quantitative and qualitative) and analytical skills to make evidence-based decisions
  • Integrate knowledge of evaluation, needs assessment, and intervention planning to contribute to community and population health
  • Use reflective practice and critical thinking to evaluate and improve practice

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Semester 2

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

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system