NUT301 Community and Public Health (8)

This subject emphasises the determinants of health as well as the principles and practices of primary health care and health promotion. It builds a foundation for community and public health practise. It provides an introduction to the use of epidemiological, socioeconomic, and behavioural evidence-based data in community and public health and health promotion planning.  It focuses on community, health promotion and public health strategies and solutions targeting groups of individuals at risk of chronic disease and poor health outcomes, including those from disadvantaged and Indigenous communities. Special consideration is given to a range of issues relevant to food and nutrition professionals.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify examples of the determinants of health and analyse the causes of health inequities.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of primary health care, community health and public/population health;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles, theories and philosophy of health promotion and population/public health in the clinical and community setting;
  • be able to locate and present demographic, epidemiological and other data for a health needs assessment and to inform program development.
  • be able to prepare a health promotion program plan for a nutrition issue in population group including evaluation methods.
  • be able to apply the theories of primary health care, health promotion, health advocacy and community development to nutrition and health issues;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of food and nutrition related health problems and chronic disease in Australian communities from a primary health care perspective, with particular attention to the issues in indigenous and rural communities;
  • be able to identify current public health policies and other related health action mandates;
  • be able to clearly communicate and justify priorities for public health and chronic disease action to the general public and health professionals;
  • be able to identify roles for food and nutrition professionals in influencing community, public health and health promotion actions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • determinants of health, and causes of health inequities
  • primary health care, health promotion, 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, behavioural and other health needs 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, nutrition and health policies and their potential impact on public health
  • indigenous health issues, equity and access, community development, and cultural competency and safety
  • rural health priorities, strategies and practices as they relate to food, nutrition and health promotion
  • introduction to chronic disease prevention and management in the community and public health settings


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.