NUT404 Community and Public Health Nutrition (16)


This subject examines the theory and practice of community nutrition and public health nutrition relevant to the delivery of effective nutrition programs to community groups and wider populations. Building upon the principles of effective nutrition education, students will be required to plan and to implement some aspect of a community nutrition program. Successful completion of this subject will involve a six week placement within a community setting supervised by an Accredited Practicing Dietitian to ensure meeting entry level competency for community nutrition practice.

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Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NUT404
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) and Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) Honours students only
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:
- describe the underpinning principles of the planning, implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs in a community setting
- develop and evaluate appropriate intervention strategies within community and public health settings for different population groups
- conduct a simulated focus group with a defined population group
- design a survey/ questionnaire suitable for nutrition education purposes
- demonstrate entry level skills in planning, implementing and evaluating a group education session
- identify and discuss issues which influence the nature of, access to and effectiveness of community nutrition programs
- provide evidence of reflective practice during the process of program planning, implementation and/or evaluation
- demonstrate entry level competencies following completion of  a six week  community nutrition practicum.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- the principles of community nutrition education programs: planning (eg. the health issue, target group, stakeholders, aims, objectives, performance indicators, resources needed), implementation and evaluation (using process and impact evaluation methods)
- communicating with stakeholders (the community, other government and non-government organisations, health professionals)
- setting aims, objectives and performance indicators for public health nutrition and population based nutrition programs
- methods for implementation and evaluation of nutrition education programs in different population groups
- the use of focus groups and surveys in community nutrition programs
- factors affecting the success of community nutrition programs in achieving sustainable outcomes
- the role of reflective practice in community and public health nutrition

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 30 days duration. The students undertake a community/ public health nutrition project in a community public health based setting supervised by a dietitian.


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.