This course aims to provide comprehensive training in public health nutrition in a global setting with the choice of specialising in a number of topics and in a range of contexts. It provides an integrated programme covering dietary, epidemiological, public health, social and biological aspects of nutritional science.
Specialist topics include maternal and child nutrition, nutrition in emergencies, nutrition programme planning, evaluation and monitoring, and nutritional epidemiology. The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for public health nutrition research and teaching, operational work in the field or community nutrition programmes, work in public health nutrition, including health promotion and nutrition education, and for policy and programme planning in nutrition.
The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in developing countries and transitional societies.
Graduates work for local and national governments, NGOs, international agencies, academic institutions, and in fields ranging from food emergencies to research on nutrient-gene interactions. The MSc has been designed to focus on nutritional problems in developing countries and transitional societies.
By the end of this course students should be able to: demonstrate an advanced knowledge of public health nutrition, at biological, social and policy levels; assess critically, select and apply a range of appropriate research skills and techniques, from anthropometry and information on dietary intake to broader analytical skills; interpret and synthesise different types of data used to analyse and assess nutritional problems at population and population sub-group levels; evaluate critically the findings of scientific studies of public health nutrition; disseminate and present findings of research in a range of formats and contexts; identify and formulate appropriate responses and intervention strategies to address nutritional issues, taking into account the public health and social policy contexts, and apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals.
Students take five compulsory modules: Fundamental Public Health Nutrition (equivalent to 3 modules); Statistics for EPH; Basic Epidemiology.
In special circumstances a sixth module may be taken. Choice: Principles of Social Research; Health Promotion Theory; Health Policy, Process and Power.
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of six modules, one from each timetable slot. A typical selection of modules is given below; not all will be available in any one year. Some modules may be taken only after consultation with the Course Director.
C1: Vitamins and Minerals
C2: Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies; Statistical Methods in Epidemiology; Qualitative Methodologies.
D1: Maternal & Child Nutrition
D2: Nutrition-Related Chronic Disease
E1: Nutrition in Emergencies; Teaching for Health Professionals; Epidemiology & Control of Non-Communicable Diseases; Integrating Modules: Public Health; Health Promotion Sciences.
E2: Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health; Nutrition Programme Planning; History & Health.
Students complete a short research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practise skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work.
The course is accredited by the UK Nutrition Society and will contribute towards the accreditation of individuals as public health nutritionists in the UK. It should be noted that the course is not a dietetic qualification.
Full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Students taking the course over two years can choose to attend part-time throughout both years (this involves attending the School at least two days each week during term-time).
Alternatively, students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, and then undertake the remainder of their course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.
A minimum of an upper second class honours degree from a recognised university in science or a related subject or a degree in medicine. Applicants with an appropriate technical qualification and work experience, and evidence of equivalent academic qualifications, are also welcomed. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in health related activities in developing countries.
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