PHPS40740 Public Health Nutrition

Academic Year 2022/2023

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:

By the end of this modules students should be able to:
Understand the core concepts in nutritional epidemiology and be familiar with current diet-disease trends.
Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse current findings from nutritional epidemiological studies on the determinants of diet-related disease.
Apply public health frameworks to evaluate and improve nutritional status of populations 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.
Create coherent proposal outlines for solutions to key public health nutrition challenges.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Short video lectures.
Live online tutorials/group discussions.
Weekly recommended reading/review of online resources. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

FDSC 10010
HNUT 20060

Learning Exclusions:

HNUT 40040

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40040 - Public Health Nutrition - FS, PHPS40690 - Public Health Nutrition - FS

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Logic Model: Students will work together in small groups to identify the determinants of a public health nutrition problem and propose an intervention that addresses a given topic. Week 9 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Concept Map: Students will work together in small groups to review the evidence for the determinants of a given public health nutrition topic. Week 5 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Assignment: Students will conduct a case study brief report on a selected public health nutrition policy. Week 12 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?

Brightspace Rubrics will be used to provide feedback on summative assignments.

Name Role
Ms Ellen Greene Tutor