PHPS40720 Public Health Nutrition O/L

Academic Year 2023/2024

Public Health Nutrition builds on a foundation of nutritional science and applies the principles of epidemiology to measuring and describing health, food and nutritional problems. This module will give you a basic understanding of the core concepts of epidemiology and provide you with the skills to analyse current nutrition research and to evaluate nutrition programmes for improving public health. Approaches to promote health and prevent adverse health outcomes will be considered in view of nutrient recommendations and food based dietary guidelines for optimal health and nutrition. The development of interventions and role of policies will be explored to understand how they can impact nutritional status and population health and wellbeing.

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Learning Outcomes:

Understand the basic concepts and principles which underpin nutritional epidemiology and determinants of ill health.
Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current findings from population studies on the role of diet and chronic disease.
Understand and evaluate the evidence for effective public health interventions for key population groups.
Understand the process of developing interventions and policies.
Critically reflect on the impact of policies at a national and global level.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Short lectures
Group discussion
Independent reading
Written work 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40070 - Nutrients in theLifeCycle(O/L)

HNUT40090 - Pathways to Health (O/L)

Public Health Nutrition O/L (HNUT40140)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Concept map Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Written assignment Unspecified n/a Graded 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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online automated feedback given for the MCQ. Individual grades and group feedback will be provided for the following two assignments. All grading and feedback will be provided through the VLE.

Name Role
Dr Aideen McKevitt Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Isobel De Stanlaigh Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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