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Module

NUT3011 : Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Georg Lietz
  • Lecturer: Professor Ashley Adamson, Ms Susan Lennie, Professor Thomas Hill
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 15.0

Aims

To utilise recent literature to consider the relationships between diet, health and chronic disease, and how these relationships inform public health strategy and implementation.

Outline Of Syllabus

Research informed lectures will cover the following topics:
• An overview of nutritional epidemiology and research study design.
• Monitoring diet at a population level. Food-based dietary guidelines.
• The role of nutrition in the aetiology of common chronic diseases.
• The interaction of diet and other environmental factors (diversity, inequalities, socioeconomic factors) in determining behaviours, lifestyles, and the prevention of disease.
• Prevalence of global malnutrition including obesity and nutrient deficiencies.
• Population preventive and treatment strategies for nutrition related diseases.

Group based workshops will be used to facilitate delivery of the following topics:
• Determinants of health.
• Current public health policy and promotion.
• Theory and ethics of health promotion and health education including behaviour change strategies.
• Social marketing and needs assessment. Health promotion campaign models. The role of mass media.
• UK, international, government and non-governmental organisation policies.
• Relevant government white papers.
• Nutrition policy development and implementation.
• Planning and evaluation of health promotion campaigns.
• Working with communities.
• Health economics

However, as this is a constantly changing field with new health initiatives and advice, and more nutrition related diseases developing, the syllabus may change somewhat to reflect this fact.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Preparation for oral presentation evaluation of a public health campaign
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00To impart theoretical knowledge
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading102:0020:00Self-guided reading on workshop topics
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading202:0040:00Self-guided reading on lecture topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops102:0020:00Student centred workshops building on knowledge gained in lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00Self-directed study
Total300:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Research led lectures are used to delivery key information relevant to the subject. These are balanced with a diverse array of up to date resources where students are encouraged to explore topics in more depth. In the workshops the knowledge base on health promotion is built upon via a student centered approach, Critique of public health initiatives.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A60Answer 2 out of 3 questions set from 8 seen questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination2M40Oral presentation critique of an existing public health initiative/ health promotion campaign (t.b.c.)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests the students’ ability to produce clear and concise essays on topics which require integration of information from the lectures and additional reading and to justify the views expressed by reference to appropriate experimental evidence. Students will be given 8 exam questions at the start of the module and instructed that the exam will be made up of three of these exam questions, with a requirement that two of three questions would need to be answered. Students will not be informed which of the three questions will be chosen for the exam.

The oral presentation is designed to test students' abilities to integrate material across module boundaries with a focus to develop a deep understanding of public health intiatives/health promotion campaigns related to nutrition. Students will work in groups of 4-5 and will be assigned an existing health promotion campaign to critically evaluate its effectiveness.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above and achieve at least 35 in each component of assessment to pass the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable