Nutrition has long been recognised as a vitally important determinant of health status within both industrialised and industrialising countries. Significant changes are occurring in the profile of nutritional problems. Many countries continue to face problems of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, but countries in economic transition also face the public health challenge of rising rates of diet-related chronic disease, such as obesity and coronary heart disease. Also, many industrialised countries now face problems of food insecurity among low-income groups. These challenges have led to growing political resources to address nutrition.
There is now an increased need for trained public health nutritionists, to work in a range of contexts, to control and prevent diet-related problems. The United Nations Secretary-General has declared 2016–2025 the Decade of Nutrition. What better time to develop your skills in this crucial area?
The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.
Concepts and Principles of Nutrition
Diet and disease
Global Challenges for Food and Health
Nutrition Interventions and Programme Planning
Policy and Governance for Public Health Nutrition
Research Methods for Health Science I
Research Methods for Health Sciences II and Research Project
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition as partial fulfilment of the requirements for registration as an associate Public Health Nutritionist.
You should have an Honour's degree (at least a lower second class honours) from a UK university or equivalent from a non-UK university, in a relevant science or social science subject.
Students from a non-nutrition background are welcome to apply but they will be invited to complete our Essentials of Nutrition course, which has four short assessments.
If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with a score of 6.0 in each element.
There are numerous career paths our graduates follow, from working with Public Health England in writing policies to acting as nutrition advisers to the Department of Health or other nutrition-focused organisations.
Many of our graduates go on to work in international development with organisations such as Save the Children, Action Against Hunger, UNICEF, GAIN, FAO, WFP and WHO.
Other graduates continue their academic studies by moving on to a PhD or becoming a lecturer.
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