HSN706 - Food Policy and Public Health


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

H511, H517, H616 and H714 students: enrol via Cloud (online) mode only.

H748 students: enrol via Campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) only.

Other Postgraduate students who wish to enrol in this unit:

If you are enrolled in an on-campus course, you can enrol in the on-campus unit offering and you will need to request a manual enrolment from your Student Adviser.

If you are enrolled in a Cloud course, you need to enrol into the Cloud unit offering.





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

5 x 2 hour seminars

All students: Online and collaborative learning activities.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

5 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminars


Food policy is essential for promoting healthy and sustainable food systems to help protect public health. This unit focuses on the core food policy reference standards (Dietary Guidelines, food selection guides, Nutrient Reference Values) and how food policy and its interventions can by developed, implemented and evaluated to achieve these reference standards. Food has health, economic, social and cultural meanings and consequently food policy often is contested and political - the unit explores the role of evidence and politics in food policy-making. Topical food policy case studies are used to illustrate these concepts, for example policy activities to: protect food security and promote healthy and sustainable diets; prevent obesity and other chronic diseases; and protect public health in food regulation related to food fortification and food labelling.

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