Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion 1


This module covers the concepts of public health, development of public health policy and key public health issues. It will provide also the fundamentals of epidemiology.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : an understanding of public health and an appreciation of the relationship between health care politics, policy making and population health.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Appraise Health Promotion models and interventions.

2.  Discuss implementation of food and nutrition policy in a range of community settings.

3.  Explain the main principles of epidemiology.

Indicative Content

1 Food & Nutrition policy

Framework of national and local policy and guidelines; models of good practice.

2 Health policy and public health

What is health policy? State intervention in health. Development of Green Papers/White Papers/Guidelines for health/Targets and implementation. Influences of global health policy. Structure of public health agencies.

3 Policy Implementation

Implementation of food and nutrition policy in educational establishments, community food initiatives, local authorities and health services.

4 Fundamentals of epidemiology

e.g. concept, measuring disease frequency, study designs for public health

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module is designed to introduce the concepts of public health nutrition and to look at how policies develop. Students will take part in interactive lectures and will work in small groups to discuss issues around these areas. There will also be input into the teaching of this module by invited speakers from various sectors who will talk about the relevant public health nutrition and policies within their fields. These will include but not be limited to community education and public health research.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 24
Assessment 40
Independent 112

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.