Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Principles of Human Nutrition, Global Nutrition and Public Health Aspects

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Food Sciences and Nutrition

DESCRIPTION This study-unit revisits the basic principles underlying human nutrition and nutrition round the world (developing and industrialised) and then moves on to provide further detail on the burden of non-communicable disease, current global nutrition challenges such as hunger and malnutrition and areas of topical interest in the public health nutrition scene.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide a comprehensive overview of the main basic principles of nutrition;
- To cover aspects relating to population health and current nutrition issues in industrialised and developing countries, hunger and malnutrition, maternal and child nutrition; and
- To familiarise students with public health challenges in food and health, and policy and governance for public health nutrition.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain the basic underlying principles of the macro and micronutrients;
- Describe the global health scenario and regional trends in nutrition indicators with a focus on islands, small states and the Mediterranean region;
- Describe various dietary practices in different countries and the role of healthcare and education systems in public health; and
- Describe and report on critical issues and the interdisciplinary nature relating to world nutrition including poverty and undernutrition inequalities, food dumping, health economics, resilience, and other nutrition related topical issues pertinent to the 21st century.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critically appraise scientific literature and relevant policy documents relating to world health and be able to describe their implications to the public health scenario;
- Analyse and interpret data relating to the assessment of nutritional challenges at population and sub population levels and report on these nutritional problems; and
- Produce a detailed project describing a current policy document, its aims and main priorities and its relevance to public health.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Lawrence, M. & Worsley, T. (2007). Public health Nutrition from principles to practice. Open University Press.
- Stein, N. (2014). Public Health Nutrition Principles and Practice in Community and Global Health. Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Supplementary Reading

Relevant articles.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Group Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%
Research Paper SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Claire Copperstone
Julian Mamo

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