Public health nutrition

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.

What do Public Health Nutritionists do?

Public Health 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.

Suggested electives

    If you wish to complete the Master of Human Nutrition (H714) with a public health nutrition focus, it is recommended you complete stream A as this allows for greater choice of the public health nutrition electives.

    Highly relevant electives

    HSN705 Public Health Nutrition

    HSN706 Food Policy and Public Health

    HSN708 Nutrition Promotion

    HSN714 Advanced Public Health Nutrition

    HSN734 Obesity Prevention

Graduate profile

Renee West [PDF 11KB] completed the Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition in 2006.

Prior to studying at Deakin, Renee completed a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Health and Physical Education and decided to undertake postgraduate studies in Human Nutrition to pursue her interest in nutrition, sports nutrition and the impact of nutrition on the body. Nutrition also forms part of her teaching load so it is imperative that she keeps up-to-date with developments in the area.

Expert in this area

Jenny Reimers  [video 20:06] Dietitian and Principal Program Officer – Healthy Eating at VicHealth, shares her story at the Careers in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics information evening.

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