NUT301 Community and Public Health (8)


This subject emphasises the determinants of health as well as the principles and practices of primary health care. The subject also builds a foundation for community public health nutrition for dietitians and provides an introduction to the use of epidemiological, socioeconomic, and behavioural evidence-based data in community and public health. Additionally, attention is paid to community-based nutrition programs with a focus on groups of individuals at risk of poor nutritional outcomes, including those from disadvantaged and Indigenous communities. Consideration is also given to a range of other public health nutrition issues relevant to dietitians.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NUT301
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutriton and Dietetics) Honours
Bachelor of  Health Science ( Food and Nutrition)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the determinants of health, and an appreciation of the causes of health inequities
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of primary health care, community health and public health;
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles, theories and philosophy of health promotion and population/public health in the clinical and community setting;
- to use demographic, epidemiological and anthropological data in the development of health needs assessment to inform program development and nutrition issues
- conduct a health needs assessment
-demonstrate an understanding of evaluation of nutrition programs with population group
- apply the theories of health education, health promotion, health advocacy and community development to nutrition and dietetic related health issues;
- demonstrate an understanding of the nutrition related health problems in Australian communities from a primary health care perspective, with particular attention to the issues in indigenous and rural communities;
- identify the impact of health policy on public health;
- demonstrate an understanding of the nutrition and health issues in developing countries; and,
- demonstrate an appreciation of the role of the dietitians in community and public health


The subject will cover the following topics:
- determinants of health, and causes of health inequities
- primary health care, community and public health within the context of the Australian health care system
- theoretical perspectives in health promotion and population health: definitions, principles, multi- disciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches
 - the use of epidemiological, demographic and behavioural data in health promotion/ public health programs
- health needs assessments process
- planning and evaluating health promotion strategies, measuring outcomes of intervention using examples of existing nutrition health promotion/ public health programs
- food and nutrition policies and their potential impact on public health
- indigenous health issues, equity and access, community development, and cultural safety
- rural health strategies and practices as they relate to nutrition and dietetics
- introduction to nutrition in developing countries: background to (and basis for) the problems encountered, malnutrition, food supply, approach to prevention (in the context of a sustainable environment)


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.