Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, topics are organised into three groupings. In Population Health, content includes basic epidemiological concepts, Australian health patterns and trends, and diet and nutrition as risk factors for disease. In Health, Nutrition and Society, content includes sociological analyses of changing definitions of health and illness, nutrition-related inequalities in health, political and ethical issues in public health nutrition, socio-cultural understandings of food and eating, and environmental influences on nutrition. In Behaviour and Nutrition, content includes biological regulation of dietary intake, psycho-social factors that influence eating behaviours, physical activity, biopsychosocial aspects of obesity and eating disorders, and nutrition-related public health promotion.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJane Pierson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of nutrition-related aspects of population health.

Lectures; on-line test; individual assignment

02. Identify, describe, and analyse environmental and sociocultural influences on nutrition and nutrition-related health

Lectures; on-line test; individual assignment

03. Explicate the influences of biological and psychosocial factors that are relevant to: dietary habits and eating behaviours; overweight and obesity; eating disorders; and the fundamentals of nutrition-related health promotion

Lectures; on-line test; individual assignment

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size250

Enrolment information resource considerations via a restriction in student online on automatic self-enrolment into the subject

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJane Pierson

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,000-word assignment30 01, 02, 03
one 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03
one (2-part) online test20 01, 02, 03