Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Palermo


This unit will introduce students to epidemiology and biostatistics as the core of population health and nutrition research and practice. This will include consideration of basic statistics, study design, quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry and ethical issues related to research and population health interventions. Emphasis is placed on a population view of health, nutrition and disease and the social determinants of health and the application of epidemiology and statistics in assessment of disease in population and the effects of nutrition interventions. An introduction to the concepts and approaches to working in population health and nutrition will also be explored


At the completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret the demographics of the Australian population including indigenous, minority and disadvantaged groups
  2. Summarise the Australian health system and the political system and its operation at a national state and local level and outline the roles of the major bodies that provide government with scientific advice relating to food and also to health
  3. Identify and describe the main socio-cultural, economic, environmental and political determinants of health
  4. Define public health and discuss the origins and nature of public health as a discipline
  5. Compare and contrast the social versus the medical model of health and explain primary, secondary and tertiary prevention paradigms and strategies for individuals and populations
  6. Explain and compare the main study designs used in population health and nutrition research and explain the findings of key population health studies on the relationship between diet and chronic disease
  7. Perform basic methods of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  8. Search the scientific literature related to common questions on nutrition and health
  9. Explain common methods used to survey the nutrient intake and the nutritional status of populations.


Assignments (60%)
Exam (40%) (Hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

8 hours contact per week plus 16 hours self directed study.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



BND1102 and must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics or Bachelor of Nutrition Science.