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NUTR71-107: Public Health Nutrition Practice September 2018 [Standard]

General information

This subject focuses on developing graduate competencies relevant to practice in public health nutrition, that field of public health service delivery concerned with the prevention of dietary related disease. This subject covers the methodology of assessing community/population needs, building community capacity, program planning, strategy implementation and evaluation relevant to diet-related disease prevention and health promotion. This subject includes the study of the educational, organisational, legislative and environmental change strategies used to improve the nutritional health of communities. This subject includes nutritional assessment skills development, consideration of food and nutrition monitoring and surveillance, health economics, food law, food security and systems analysis and development that support improved population health and well-being.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR71-107
Subject title:Public Health Nutrition Practice
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Lecture
  • Workshop: x9 (Total hours: 18) - Workshop (Weeks 4-12)
  • Workshop: x3 (Total hours: 9) - Workshop (Weeks 1-3)
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 70) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students must attend ALL sessions (lectures, workshops, field trips). Most sessions build on the work from the previous one. It is difficult to recover if a session is missed. Attendance in ALL classes will be monitored. If a student has a legitimate reason for non-attendance they must notify the subject convener as early as possible and provide documentation (i.e. medical certificate, statutory declaration). Participation in ALL classes is required in order to demonstrate professional competence. If a student fails to attend any less than 75% of the classes, they will not be eligible to pass the subject.


Prescribed resources:
  • Hughes R, Margetts B. (2011). Practical Public Health Nutrition. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell
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Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the history and evolution of public health nutrition as a field of public health practice
  2. Define the essential attributes of public health nutrition practice as conceptualized nationally and internationally
  3. Describe and critically analyse current public health nutrition practice contexts, priorities, strategies and initiatives at a national and international level
  4. Demonstrate capacity building strategy awareness and describe the role of capacity building as a core strategy in public health nutrition intervention development and implementation
  5. Identify and analyse public health nutrition problems as a prelude to intervention prioritisation and design
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of, and knowledge of the determinants of the major public health nutrition issues/priorities and at risk population groups, and how this knowledge is applied to intervention management
  7. Apply skill and knowledge in public health nutrition intervention management (planning, implementation and evaluation)
  8. Make recommendations on food and nutrition policy
  9. Apply knowledge of the various public health nutrition strategy options and applications.
  10. Demonstrate analytical skills relevant to public health nutrition practice.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Report Determinants analysis report - students will undertake an analysis of a public health nutrition problem and its determinants. 40% Week 4 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10.
Presentation Logic model presentation - students will present a logic model depicting the logic behind their selected strategies for a public health nutrition problem 30% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Project Plan Public health nutrition project plan - students will prepare a comprehensive project plan, incorporating feedback from previous assessment tasks, for a public health nutrition problem. 30% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Public health nutrition Intervention case study; Describing the attributes and historical development of public health nutrition practice, and the logic underpinning the bi-cycle model for public health nutrition practice.

Describing, conceptualising and applying community engagement and analysis in practice

Methods to identfy, analyse and describe the public health nutrition problem in practice; Methods for identifying and analysing stakeholders

Methods for identifying and analysing determinants of public health nutrition problems and conducting capacity analysis

Public health nutrition practice settings and opportunities for intervention and policy levers

Policies and frameworks to support public health nutrition action

Identify & justify strategy options to assist intervention design/ strategy selection; apply risk management concepts to manage potential positive and negative effects of interventions, and apply transparent decision making.

Introduction to critical theoretical frameworks that are useful for analysing public health nutrition problems

Drafting goals, objectives and demonstrating strategic logic in intervention planning.

Case examples of public health nutrition policy in practice

The practice of implementation and evaluation planning in public health nutrition practice

Methods of public health nutrition practice intervention evaluation

Case examples of public health nutrition strategy evaluation in practice

Other methods of evaluation to illustrate intervention success.

Professionalisation and diffusion of innovation in public health nutrition practice

Approved on: Jul 13, 2018. Edition: 1.2