module specification

NF7011 - Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health II (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health II
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Presentation (10 minutes)
Coursework 70%   Report (2500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module introduce students to key organisations and individuals in the UK nutritional public
health areana. Students also develop their own nutritional epidemiology reseach proposal.

Prerequiste: NFP010N Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health I
Assessment: Reseach Proposal Report 100% (3500 words).

Prior learning requirements

NFP010N Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health I

Module aims

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of the application and limitations of nutritional public health initiatives, in a national and international context. The module will develop knowledge of the major national and international public health
bodies and their aim(s), field(s) of influence, terms of reference and sources of funding. Students will also develop skills to enable them to propose, design and analyse epidemiological studies.


The role of national, international, governmental and non governmental agencies in the arena of public health.
Public health funding: Types of funding bodies (national, international, governmental and non governmental), sources of income, policies, stakeholders and accountabilities.
Nutritional public health policies: theoretical basis, aims, effectiveness and evaluation; national and international; historical and contemporary.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through a combination of keynote lectures (12 hrs) and workshops (12 hrs) to underpin the theoretical aspects of public health. Tutorials and student led seminars (12 hrs) will be used to expand and explore the subject area. Student centred learning (114 hrs) will form the majority of the learning time.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the organisations involved in the public health arena, both nationally and internationally.
2. Critically evaluate the methodological approaches, outcomes, effectiveness and evaluation of public health initiatives.
3. Select appropriate bodies for the funding of nutritional epidemiology projects
4. Write a research proposal to a funding body.

Assessment strategy

Assessment will comprise of one major piece of coursework, a report to a funding body to propose a nutritional epidemiological study (3500 words).
This is to include: the selection of an appropriate problem, the research design and timetable, methodologies to be used, measurements to be made, outcomes expected, and how these will be analysed (appropriate statistical methods and power calculations) and evaluated. It will also include grant application to a suitable funding body, with a justification for the choice of
the body. (Learning outcomes 1,2,3 and 4).
The report must be fully referenced.


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4. Margetts, B. and Nelson, M. Design Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology, 2nd ed. Oxford 1997.
5. Willett, Walter. (1998). Nutritional epidemiology. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press.
Garrow, J and James, WPT: Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 10th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2000
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10. National diet and nutrition survey : people aged 65 years and over. Vol.1 : Report of the diet and nutrition survey / Steven Finch ... [et al.]. London : Stationery Office, 1998.
11. The Dietary and nutritional survey of British adults. London : H.M.S.O., 1990. (OPCS. SS1241).
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Public Health Nutrition
British Journal of Nutrition
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
British Medical Journal