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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Julie Woods (Nutrition and Dietetics)


This unit will focus on understanding and application of theoretical frameworks from the behavioral sciences and education to design and deliver food and nutrition education to various groups and to facilitate the adoption of healthful behaviors. Students will gain practical experience by designing, implementing and evaluating a nutrition education program. To facilitate learning in relation to vulnerable groups most likely to require nutrition education and to develop an understanding of social justice issues related to nutrition education, students will be required to undertake voluntary work with community based organisations and complete a range of tasks.


  1. define and describe health and nutrition education and promotion and the role of education in dealing with nutrition related health problems in the community ;
  2. explain and apply the theories of learning and health behaviour and illustrate how these can be applied in nutrition education;
  3. plan, conduct and evaluate a group nutrition education session.
  4. develop a perspective on issues of social equity and justice, particularly as they relate to the practice of dietetics and nutrition education.
  5. apraise the operational philosophy and service delivery components of key agencies working in the areas of social action, social justice and advocacy;


Written health education report 3,000 words - 30%Oral group education presentation - 30%
Resource development as part of group education program -15%
Portfolio 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Claire Palermo

Contact hours

Equivalent to 4 hours per week (lectures and tutorials)


BND1010 or BME1130 or BND1032