Master of Public Health (Nutrition)

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About this course 2018/19


Are you keen to improve public health and improve health and wellbeing via food and nutrition? Do you want to develop the knowledge required to reflect on current concerns and practice issues linked to this field?

Popular with both UK-based and international students, the Master of Public Health (Nutrition) programme has been specifically designed for those who wish to develop their career within public health, with a particular focus on nutrition. Typically you will be from a nutrition, food science, bioscience, sport, exercise, nursing, midwifery or integrated health and social care background.

Guided by experts in the field of public health and registered nutritionists, you will combine practical experience with a thorough grounding in relevant areas of theory and research. The practical application of these academic skills will equip you with the knowledge and approaches necessary to implement a broad range of interventions to improve public health outcomes in different employment contexts and in particular relating to food and nutrition, for example tackling a range of relevant societal issues such as, health inequalities in nutritional wellbeing, the increase in diabetes and the high prevalence of obesity.

Upon successful graduation you will possess in-depth research and enquiry skills, and a critical understanding of their application in public health and in a range of employment contexts:

  • local authorities
  • the community and local partnerships
  • the private sector
  • charitable organisations
  • the NHS and further research

Teaching and assessment

This programme will provide you with the opportunity to explore and develop your skills and knowledge of public health fundamentals, public health intelligence and epidemiology,nutrition related diseases, public health nutrition and research project.

Teaching will be delivered via a mix of lectures and seminars, which will be supported by case studies, enquiry-based learning exercises, skills development sessions and independent study.

This programme will be assessed through written work, oral presentations and essays .

You will also produce an in-depth nutrition related dissertation project around a subject area of your choice. Undertaken under the supervision of a dedicated supervisor, this project will form the final stage of the assessment process.

Learn from the best

This programme is taught by a team of experienced lecturers with a practice background in public health and nutrition. We boast close links with local directors, commissioners and practitioners of public health and nutritionists, some of whom are employed as part of our teaching team to provide you with access to professionals that are actively working within public health and nutrition.

Teaching staff possess the accreditations and academic qualifications required to teach, in addition to professional registrations with the Association for Nutrition

We also welcome external visiting speakers from a variety of public health and food and nutrition contexts to contribute to lectures, enabling you to learn about the current issues that are defining the public health, food and nutrition sectors.

Our team have extensive experience of working with both UK and international students and will provide ongoing guidance to support you throughout every step of this course.

Learning environment

This programme is based at both our Coach Lane and City campuses and our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country and allow us to ensure your learning evolves in-line with the latest developments in the industry.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree and you will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists.

Research- rich learning

Research-rich learning is central to the structure of this programme and our research-active staff will use examples from the latest research publications as well as their own research to develop your critical understanding and thinking.

You will be encouraged to critically examine and comment on the philosophical underpinnings and methodologies applied to public health studies and begin to design a research proposal to form the basis for your dissertation - a project of self-directed study that requires you to undertake independent enquiry around a nutrition subject area of your choice.

More than 80% of research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Give your career an edge

Northumbria works in partnership with local and national services and organisations to produce independent public health and nutrition professionals who are competent, confident, compassionate and able to meet and exceed the professional, statutory and regulatory body standards required of them.

Our partnership with those actively involved in public health as well as nutrition, will enable you to interact and network with professionals who are currently working within the fields of public health, and nutrition allowing you to further understand how the skills taught on this course apply to a real working environment.

The Master of Public Health (Nutrition) programme provides a good foundation for you to develop a portfolio at the level required for your particular role, if you so wish. For those pursuing speciality training for consultants/ registrars / supervisors the learning from the programme will inform your portfolio development route (Faculty of Public Health 2015).

The modules on this programme have been aligned to reflect the core and defined areas of the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013) and the Faculty of Public Health’s (2015) six domains of public health practice.

Your future

Upon graduation you will possess the skills required for leadership, management and system-based thinking in public health and nutrition, all of which will enhance your ability to lead and manage in a variety of public health organisations in the UK and worldwide.

The Master of Public Health (Nutrition) qualification is a national and internationally renowned degree that will help you seek employment in public or government services, voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations and research posts both in the UK and abroad.

Completion of this Masters programme also provides an excellent grounding for progression to PhD or professional doctorate studies.

Roles may include:

  • policy development and implementation
  • assessing and scoping population or community needs
  • providing dietary and lifestyle advice to individuals or groups
  • nutrition consultancy
  • research
  • health promotion
  • community focused nutrition, health and wellbeing projects

Course info

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018

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