Public Health Nutrition

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

Public health nutrition is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the medium of nutrition. The aim for those working as public health nutritionists is for everyone to achieve greater health and well-being by making healthier food and nutrition-related choices.

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Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length Full-time: 1 Year / Part-time: MSc: 2-4 Years / Postgraduate Diploma: 2-4 Years / Postgraduate Certificate: 1-2 Years
Start date September 2016

Public Health Nutritionists develop, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programmes, generating the evidence base and applying scientific knowledge to ensure understanding of the impact of food and diet on health and well-being of people and communities, and improving the diet, nutrition and health of people and communities around the world.

Why study Public Health Nutrition at Chester?

The aims of this postgraduate course are for students to develop as public health practitioners who will be equipped to advocate better health through diet and nutrition.

What is Public Health Nutrition?

  • Improving health and wellbeing in the population
  • Preventing nutrition related disease and minimising its consequences
  • Prolonging valued life through good nutrition
  • Reducing inequalities in health



The Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition has an excellent reputation in nutrition at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have considerable teaching and research expertise in the areas of nutrition and allied subjects, our staff are enthusiastic and helpful, and pride themselves on the extra help provided to those who require it.

 This popular course:

  • meets current training needs regionally, nationally and internationally to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to work as public health nutritionists
  • provides a wide range of career opportunities in health, education, food industry, government and non-government departments both in the UK and internationally
  • ensures a strong practitioner-based focus that is relevant to health and community environments
  • graduates will develop transferable public health skills aligned to Level 7 competencies stated in Public Health Careers and Skills Framework.

Scholarships and Bursaries for this course can be found here


Apply Online

 You can apply online for the Master's in Public Health Nutrition.


Fees for 2016-17

 UK and EU Students

 Per Module: £540

 Postgraduate Certificate: £1,620

 Postgraduate Diploma: £3,240

 MSc: £4,860

Non UK or Non EU Students

 Per Module: £1,300

 MSc: £11,700

 *This fee information is intended as a guide only

 *Fees can be paid in full or in interest free monthly payments.

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Course Structure:

The MSc course consists of seven taught modules and a research project.

  • Each taught module involves attendance at a three- to four-day course (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.15am to 5.00pm) followed by a period of campus or home-based learning and the submission of a 4,000-word written assignment, or its equivalent (eg. poster presentation, examination).
  • Following completion of seven taught modules, students commence the research project.

Students will study the following seven modules:

  • Key Concepts of Nutrition
  • Sociology and Psychology and Public Health
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Public Health Promotion and Policy
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Developing Healthier Communities
  • Professional Perspectives

The course involves nutrition laboratory work, investigative sessions, workshops and seminars, and focuses strongly on the research evidence on which public health nutrition is based.

Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment or its equivalent - e.g. poster presentation, examination. 

Research Project

Following the completion of seven taught modules, Master's students are required to undertake a programme of personal research. Projects may be based at the University, or work-based, and students are under the direction of an individually allocated supervisor.


Career opportunities in this field are developing rapidly for graduates with an understanding of the connections between nutrition and public health. Most focus on health improvement, health inequalities and the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

These include:

  • Advisory positions in weight management, healthy eating or similar
  • Broader roles in health promotion and health improvement
  • Project delivery or advisory work with government agencies e.g. NHS, local authorities, Public Health England
  • Research and data analysis at Public Health Observatory’s
  • Work in food industry e.g. Kelloggs; Nestle; Danone
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Food sustainability and poverty work e.g. Sustrans
  • Food in Schools e.g. Children’s Food Trust
  • Infant and maternal nutrition e.g. UNICEF, Healthy Start
  • Communications and Media e.g. Change 4 Life
  • Scientific or delivery work for charities
  • International work in public health e.g. World Food Programme, World Health Organisation, Action Against Hunger
  • Academic research positions

Student Profile - Luke Daley


Luke Daley is a Band 5 Public Health Nutritionist working for NHS Nottinghamshire County Health Partnerships. His job involves co-ordinating 3 areas of Nottinghamshire (Mansfield, Gedling and Rushcliffe). His job has involved setting up and booking people in to deliver cooking courses, one off talks on Eat well Plate i.e obesity, anorexia, weaning, cooking on a budget! All the things he learnt on his postgraduate programme at the University of Chester. Luke has also delivered workshops to primary and secondary schools and delivers training sessions to health care staff.

Luke recently studied the MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Chester. Luke says: The public health nutrition masters enabled me to greatly improve my Nutrition knowledge and how to apply the theory in community work practice.


One area of group work coursework for this module involved the topic of fish sustainability and how over fishing is affecting UK fish populations, these messages I now use in my job role and teach children about to prevent new generations from choosing fish that aren't suitable for the future and showing them which fish are. Being assessed on our ability to measure peoples BMI (Chester now leads a Service User project to do this with real people) and take diet histories from individuals as a competency have all been valuable skills which I use in my current role.

I had a good time studying the programme and made a lot of friends. Chester is a great place to study, the staff are approachable and know the field and I would recommend the programme to anyone who wants to develop a career in this field.

  • Entry level qualifications require candidates to have completed an undergraduate BSc (Hons) degree (minimum 2:2 or equivalent), in Human Nutrition or Biological/Health Science, including components of Biochemistry/Physiology.  
  • Applications will be considered from those with degrees that do not fall in the above categories, for example, Psychology, Sports Science, providing the applicant has a minimum 2:2 (or equivalent) BSc (Hons) and recent A-levels (within last 5 years) in Biology and/or Chemistry.
  • Applicants who do not have an undergraduate BSc (Hons) degree in Human Nutrition or Biological/Health Science must provide a degree transcript upon application together with further details of the modules they have studied which cover learning in biochemistry and physiology content.

Apply Online

You can apply online for the Masters in Public Health Nutrition programme.

Closing date for applications is 31st August but applicants are encouraged to apply early due to the popularity of the programme. You can apply on line here