Dietetics and public health nutrition
Dietetics are involved in nutrition and health education programs. This can be at the local community level or for the population at a national level. Dietitians working in public health also assist with health planning, setting nutritional standards and developing and implementing nutrition policies.
What is public health nutrition?
Public health nutrition focuses on issues that affect the whole population rather than the specific dietary needs of individuals. The emphasis is on promoting health and disease prevention.
Public health nutrition exists within an extensive infrastructure of government and non-government organisations, service and program delivery systems and the food supply system, covering production through to consumption.
Public Health Dietitians/Nutritionists have skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation and food and nutrition policy development to help improve the health of populations.
Employment can be permanent or funded short term positions.
- health promotion
- community education and awareness campaigns
- program planning and implementation
- project management
- food regulation
- counselling and consultation
- Public and home health agencies
- Social service agencies
- Community health centres
- Federal, state and local government
- Department of human services
- Day care centres
- Health and recreation clubs
- Health maintenance organisations (HMO's)