NUTR09013 2019 Public Health Nutrition

General Details

Full Title
Public Health Nutrition
Transcript Title
Public Health Nutrition
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Irina Uzhova, Laura Keaver
Programme Membership
SG_SPUNU_M09 201900 Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition

This module will provide learners with the competencies to critically evaluate the role of nutrition throughout the lifecycle, the relationship between diet and disease, the factors that influence the food choices we make and current nutritional issues of public health concern in Ireland and globally.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Evaluate the factors that determine nutritional needs throughout the life-cycle


Evaluate the role of nutrition in the aetiology of health problems of widespread importance globally


Appraise the role of cultural, social and psychological factors in shaping the eating habits of an individual


Appraise the global food system and the factors that influence and shape this


Critique and compare current nutritional issues at local, national and global level

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered online and will consist of weekly lectures of one hour duration.  The second hour will be used for asynchronous learning through discussion forums as well as facilitated group discussions. Learners are recommended to allocate an additional five hours a week for continuous assessment and required reading.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 60% continuous assessment and 40% final exam. The continuous assessment will consist of a debate or 'Ted Talk' style presentation and a critical review. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment and/or final exam if required. 

Indicative Syllabus

Determinants of food choice; food based dietary guidelines; nutrition and ageing; nutrition and chronic disease; global targets and goals; nutrition literacy; public health nutrition in the media; food poverty; nutritional issues of public health significance

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Debate or 'Ted Talk' style video or presentation on an emerging area within Public Health Nutrition Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % Any 1,2,5
2 Critical review of a nutritional issue of public health significance Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Any 2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Offsite Self-directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online One hour online lecture and one hour asynchronous learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
02/04/2017 Public Health Nutrition Wiley-Blackwell

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Buttriss, L., Welch, A., Kearney, M., Lanham-New, S.A., (2017). Public Health Nutrition . 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell


Journal Resources

Journal of Public Health Nutrition

Journal of Nutrition

European Journal of Nutrition

British Journal of Nutrition

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour

URL Resources

Healthy Ireland 


Food Safety Authority of Ireland 

Food Standards Agency 

Public Health England 

European Food Information Council 

World Health Organisation 

Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance 

Other Resources