phe3phn public health nutrition




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop an understanding of the key public health nutrition topics; how the complex interactions between social, cultural, economic, environmental and political factors affect dietary choices, and what is being undertaken to improve current and future nutritional health status of all Australians. Students will use a public health framework to become familiar with fundamental nutritional needs and their relationship to health outcomes. Students will explore current evidence of the nutritional health status of the Australian population; the social determinants of nutrition; and the settings in which practitioners can work to assist communities address nutritional needs. Examples of nutrition and physical activity strategies that aim to address current and future health issues such as chronic conditions, food security and food safety, will be examined.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicole Johnson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE2PHP or equivalent, or enrolled in EBPOEB or enrolled in EBOEXB or enrolled in EBPHEB or enrolled in LBBSB or Subject Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPublic health nutrition: from principles to practicePrescribedLawrence, M and Worsley, T 2007Allen and Unwin
ReadingsPromoting health: the primary health care approachRecommendedTalbot, L and Verrinder, G 2014Churchill Livingstone

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse the impact of socio-environmental, cultural, economic, political and behavioural factors on public health nutrition of Australians

Group presentation Individual Report, Examination

02. Examine current and future public health nutrition values through an exchange of ideas and information

Group presentation Individual Report, Examination

03. Analyse the evidence base for key Australian public health nutrition topics, and relate these to local and national policy and practice

Group presentation, Individual Report, Examination

04. Explore and critique social and health service responses to diet related health outcomes

Group presentation, Individual report, Examination

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size100

Enrolment information Staffing To manage staffing requirements

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole Johnson

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"One 2-hour tutorial per week."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1.5 hour examination3001, 02, 03, 04
Group oral presentation (10 minutes per member)2501, 02, 03, 04
Individual report (2,000-words)4501, 02, 03, 04