Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will learn about basic epidemiological concepts, nutrition-related health and disease patterns,trends, and associated risk factors. You will also explore the publichealth nutrition aspects of obesity, physical inactivity, and eating disorders.In addition, nutrition-related inequalities in health, political and ethical issues in public health nutrition, sociocultural understandings of food and eating, and environmental influences on nutrition will be covered.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFernanda Nava Buenfil

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of risk factors, patterns and trends associated with nutrition-related health conditions.

Lectures; on-line test; individual assignment

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

Lectures; on-line test

03. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about dietary habits, eating behaviours, physical activity, overweight and obesity as well as eating disorders.

Lectures; on-line test

04. Identify the diverse nutritional needs and nutritional recommendations across the life-span and life-course.

Lectures; on-line test

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size250

Enrolment information Quota due to limited resources. Enrolments accepted until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFernanda Nava Buenfil

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 individual assignment30 01
One 2-hour multiple choice individual examination (equivalent to 2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04
One (2-part) multiple choice individual online test. Each part 1hr and weighting 10% equiv 800 wds 20 01, 02, 03, 04