Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Dr Claire Palermo



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Interpret the demographics of the Australian population including Indigenous, minority and disadvantaged groups, their nutrition and health issues.
  2. Explore the health and nutrition needs of priority population groups in Australia.
  3. Evaluate a socio-ecological approach to improving health.
  4. Analyse the socio-cultural, economic, environmental and political determinants of health, the social versus the medical model of health, level of prevention and public health as a discipline.
  5. Search the scientific literature related to common questions on nutrition and health.
  6. Critically evaluate the scientific literature, including all forms of study designs, related to nutrition and health and communicate findings.
  7. Design quality research questions on nutrition and health.
  8. Practise conducting statistical analysis using methods common to nutrition research.
  9. Perform basic methods of qualitative data collection and analysis.


Analysis of Indigenous program/policy (20%)
Critical analysis of a scientific paper (20%)
Analytical essay (20%)
Exam (40%)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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



NUT1102 and must be enrolled in courses 3404, 4530 or 3956.