HSN745 - Community and Public Health Nutrition


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Semester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Semester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H718
Previously: Community Nutrition

HSN740 and HSN744

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 weeks part-time at Burwood (Melbourne) pre-placement, 7 weeks full-time community professional experience (placement).

Seminars, professional experience (placement) and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.


There is an enrolment quota for this unit.

Self-enrolment function is not available for this unit. Students wishing to enrol in this unit will need approval from the Unit Chair.

Note for All students enrolling into this unit:

You must complete your placement hours within your semester of enrolment of the placement unit, unless otherwise stated directly by the Unit Chair. If you are not able to complete the placement by the end your semester of enrolment in the placement unit, please email the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Professional Placement Office as soon as possible.

Note for International students only:

If you are not able to complete your placement by your visa expiry date, please note that you will be liable for any costs involved with extending your stay in Australia, for example: visa extension application cost and extra living expenses.

This unit has mandatory on campus attendance requirements, therefore students must be in Australia when enrolled in this unit.

Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of placement will not be able to undertake placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


This unit prepares students for community nutrition placements by developing skills in practical public health nutrition, including preparation of project proposals, budget submissions, project management and evaluation, report writing and addressing the needs of specific groups. Students then apply these skills to complete a community fieldwork project as a group project.

Hurdle requirement

  • Professional placement and competency based assessment (ungraded Pass/Fail)
  • Failure of the practicum component will lead to a fail in this unit and may lead to exclusion.

Travel commitment

Because of the need for professional practice at external sites, all students undertaking the course should be aware of the required need for travel to placement sites. The requirement to travel is very real and travel time up to 2 hours each way is considered normal. It is also likely that you will have to attend at least one rural placement during the course.

Unit Fee Information

Fees and charges vary depending on the type of fee place you hold, your course, your commencement year, the units you choose to study and their study discipline, and your study load.

Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

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