Nutrition Issues and Priorities

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nutrition Issues and Priorities

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Nutrition and Food Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course includes the study of the major nutrition issues and challenges confronting populations in Australia and internationally, with a particular emphasis on the exploration and analysis of the determinants of these issues and potential interventions. This course contextualizes public health nutrition challenges in the context of existing government and health system mandates and priorities, providing a basis for community and public health nutrition practice
    Course Introduction
    This course examines national and international nutrition issues and priorities. In considering the effects of nutrition on health, students will learn to consider the "big picture" of social, political, cultural, economic and environmental settings. This course will introduce the major nutrition-related problems in our society and anaylse community and public health nutrition strategies aimed at preventing and managing these problems. Students will learn about: the broad social and environmnetal context influencing population health, food systems and how this influences food consumption; populations at high risk of nutrition related disease, chronic nutrition related diseases, social justice and equity issues, food and health policy, intersectorial policy impacting upon nutritional health, dietary goals and guidelines, food behaviour and choices.
    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to ensure students have the ability to consider the social, political, cultural, economic and environmental circumstances that influence food systems, nutritional inatake, health behaviours and disease outcomes. Students will learn about malnutrition, obesity and chronic disease, from both a biomedical and public health perspective. Students will develop an appreciation of the impact of broad environment on the nutrition of vulnerable groups both nationally and internationally. Importantly students will learn about food and health policy, intersectorial action, policy and capacity building to improve the health environments and nutritional health.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Understand the background and values which underpin public health and health promotion. Be able to reflect on your own position in relation to these values.
    2 Understand the methods of studying population health and be able to use sources of data for public health nutrition including data relating to mortality and burden of disease.
    3 Understand the impact of political ideaologies and policy on nutrition of populations and the role of the public health dietitian in influencing policy change and development
    4 Recognise the social, cultural and environmental influences on food choices and nutrition and understand methods which can be employed in public health nutrition to change food intake in populations
    5 Critically analyse and articulate arguments for policies that impact upon nutrition in health both in Australia and globally
    6 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nutritional needs and risks for population groups in Australia
    7 Demonstrate an understanding of global nutrition-related health problems and their determinants.
    8 Understands the major health outcomes of poor nutrition in population groups
    9 Understand and describe the opportunities for public health nutritionists/dietitians in health promotion action in communities in Australia

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Written assignment


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Written Assignment, based on class discussion


    Exam - selected response


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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.