Community and Public Health Nutrition

DET60004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 49 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23


Admission to MA-DIET

Aims and objectives

This unit will build on students’ skills and knowledge in public health and community nutrition with a specific focus on the role of nutritionists/dietitians working with diverse communities including multicultural groups, indigenous populations and international groups/programs. Students will critically examine the evidence for, and implementation of, national nutritional policies and strategies aimed at improving population health and develop skills required for practice in community and public health nutrition including: needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of culturally appropriate nutrition-related health programs as well as advocacy.

Unit Learning Outcomes 
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Analyse the social and cultural factors which influence food choice, and health outcomes related to dietary behaviour.
2. Outline the social, ethical, political and economic considerations involved in promoting dietary change at the individual and population level.
3. Evaluate policies and related strategies/initiatives aimed at improving health and nutritional status of communities.
4. Analyse the program development cycle of community nutrition program planning and define the: needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation process of nutrition related health programs.
5. Produce a grant application proposing a detailed program plan aiming to impact on the nutritional status and health of a community group and advocating on their behalf.
6. Deliver a culturally appropriate health promotion presentation/activity.

Courses with unit

Master of Dietetics