Food and Nutrition 3: Public Health Nutrition
Area of Study
Life Sciences, Nutrition and Food Science, Public Health
Taught In English
For all study options, successful completion of intermediate university-level module in
food/nutrition such as LS5007 or equivalent.
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module will develop students? understanding of the concepts, theories and practice
of Health Promotion, focusing on diet & physical activity in developing and developed
countries. It will examine theories of motivation, behaviour and strategies of health
promotion. The role, influence and impact of policies on population and client groups will
be examined. This module will also provide students with an understanding of nutritional
issues in the developing world.
Autumn Semester content summary: Health promotion in developed countries
specifically in a nutrition-related context.
Spring Semester content summary: Health promotion in developing countries
with specific relation to nutrition.
Topics covered may include:
? Concept and Theories of Health and Health Promotion
? Definitions, models and theories of health
? Concepts and determinants of health and well being.
? Theories of motivation and behaviour change and their relevance to promoting
physical activity, good nutrition and health.
? Delivering health promotion - communication and counselling skills
? Assessment of health needs and the use of epidemiological data to determine
health needs and efficacy of interventions
? National and International Health Promotion
? Developing health promotion policies
? Ethical issues, settings and evaluation in health promotion
? Government role in food supply, production and development of policies
? Nutrition and physical activity policies in the UK
? Critical appraisal of research relating to health promotion and nutrition
? Food and nutrition needs during emergencies (indicators of famine, food
programmes, international aid)
? Early nutritional intervention (including nutrition education, improving
? Planning and implication of community based strategies for tackling nutritional
? Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
? Nutrition and Population Groups
? Policy related to specific populations / groups
? Inequalities in health including consideration of poverty and ethnicity
? Interaction between malnutrition and immunity (with reference to Human
Immunodeficiency Virus and Tuberculosis)
? Undernutrition in developing countries (with specific reference to protein energy
malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiency): causes and approaches to
treatment in adults and children
? Breastfeeding and infant health
? Food security
Teaching: Lectures (including online lectures), seminars, group tutorials, and practical sessions
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Coursework: Developing country project (50%) and developed country project
STUDY OPTION 2:
? Portfolio in two parts: part 1 is a health promotion proposal (20%) & part 2 is
a health promotion intervention based upon the proposal (80%).
STUDY OPTION 3:
? Portfolio based on developing countries (100%)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.