PHPS40690 Public Health Nutrition - Food Science

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module will give you a basic understanding of the concepts of nutritional epidemiology, the methods employed to analyse the relationship between diet and nutrition status, focusing on specific nutrient deficiencies, dietary patterns, and growing chronic disease. The role of nutrition at each stage of the lifecycle will be examined while considering approaches to promote health and prevent adverse health outcomes. The effect of policy on dietary intake is also considered and its impact on over and undernutrition in both developing and developed countries. Psycho-social and cultural factors influencing dietary intake are explored throughout the module particularly in the context of developing strategies for improving nutrition at the population level.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Understand the basic concepts in nutritional epidemiology.
Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current findings from nutritional epidemiology studies on the determinants of diet-related disease.
Be familiar with current diet-disease trends and approaches to improve nutritional status as part of the Public Health Nutrition Cycle.
Critically identify the evidence for interventions and policies which address modifiable factors associated with diet across multiple levels of influence.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Short video lectures.
Live online tutorials/groups discussions.
Weekly required reading/reviewing of online resources. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

FDSC 10010
Human Nutrition 2 (HNUT20010) or equivalent

Learning Exclusions:

Public Health Nutrition (HNUT40230)

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40230 - Public Health Nutrition, PHPS40740 - Public Health Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition (FDSC40230), Public Health Nutrition - FS (HNUT40040)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Students will conduct a case study analysis and brief report on a selected Public Health Nutrition policy Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Students will work in small groups to propose an intervention that addresses a given topic. Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Students will work together in small groups to review the evidence for the determinants of a given public health nutrition topic. The group will present their findings in the form of a Concept Map. Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Rubrics in Brightspace will be used to provide feedback to students on their assessment.

Name Role
Ms Ellen Greene Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 10:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50