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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.
|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|
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.
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?
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:
Scholarships and Bursaries for this course can be found here
You can apply online for the Master's in Public Health Nutrition.
UK and EU Students
Per Module: £540
Postgraduate Certificate: £1,620
Postgraduate Diploma: £3,240
Per Module: £1,300
*This fee information is intended as a guide only
*Fees can be paid in full or in interest free monthly payments.
The MSc course consists of seven taught modules and a research project.
Students will study the following seven modules:
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.
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.
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.
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