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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Public Health Nutrition
Module Code NS140
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Keith Rochfort
Semester 2: Keith Rochfort
Autumn: Keith Rochfort
Module TeachersKeith Rochfort
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
The repeats will be based on similar course work but slightly changed to reduce the risk of plagiarism

This module will promote knowledge of the recommended intakes of nutrients for good health, the relationship between nutrition and health and the policies and strategies currently in place to promote health through nutrition. Populations at risk and current priorities will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehend nutrient intake recommendations across the lifecycle (macro and micronutrients)
2. Understand the dietary guidelines for good health
3. Be familiar with the principles of nutrition epidemiology
4. Appreciate current trends in nutrition intake and status nationally and internationally
5. Be familiar with the methods employed in nutrition research
6. Appreciate the priority issues in public health nutrition at the current time
7. Understand policies and interventions currently implemented to improve public health nutrition, in national and international contexts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial3No Description
Independent Study98No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

In this module students will gain a good understanding of the components that make up a balanced diet across the life cycle. The module will cover the relationship between diet, health and illness. Contemporary issues such as climate change and nutrition will be covered.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer Questionsmoodle quiz10%Week 5
Fieldworkself assessment of nutrition status10%Week 8
EssayThis essay is based on a critique of the Eat - Lancet's report on Climate Change and Obesity80%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Judith L. Buttriss (Editor), Ailsa A. Welch (Editor), John M. Kearney (Editor), Dr. Susan A. Lanham-New (Editor): 2017, Public Health Nutrition, 2nd, Wiley-Blackwell, UK, 978-1-118-660
  • Jim Mann and Stewart Truswell: 2017, Essentials of Human Nutrition, 5th, Oxford, UK, 9780198752981
Other Resources

63596, Food Safety Authority of Ireland., 1999, Recommended Dietary Allowances for Ireland, https://www.lenus.ie/bitstream/handle/10147/44808/6367.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y, 63597, 0, The Food pyramid, https://www.safefood.eu/Healthy-Eating/What-is-a-balanced-diet/The-Food-Pyramid.aspx, 63598, 0, Healthy eating, food safety and food legislation - A guide supporting the Healthy Ireland Food Pyramid, healthy_eating_guidelines_28012019.html, 63599, 0, National Adult Nutrition Survey (NANS) 2008 – 2010 methodology, https://www.iuna.net/surveyreports, 63600, 0, The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland Findings from 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015, https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/healthwellbeing/our-priority-programmes/heal/heal-docs/cosi-in-the-republic-of-ireland-findings-from-2008-2010-2012-and-2015.pdf, 63601, 0, New findings from TILDA in a new Report - Health and Wellbeing of Ireland’s over 50s 2009 / 2016, https://tilda.tcd.ie/news-events/2018/1812-w4-key-findings/, 63602, 2019, The EAT-Lancet commission on food, planet and health., https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/, 63603, 2016, A Healthy Weight for Ireland Obesity Policy and Action Plan Ireland (September 2016), http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/A-Healthy-Weight-for-Ireland-Obesity-Policy-and-Action-Plan-2016-2025.pdf, 63604, 2016, Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/546588/Childhood_obesity_2016__2__acc.pdf, 63605, Heath Research Board., 2015, Health Effects of Water Fluoridation, https://www.hrb.ie/fileadmin/publications_files/Health_Effects_of_Water_Fluoridation.pdf, 63606, 2016, Update Report on Folic Acid and the Prevention of Birth Defects in Ireland, FSAI file:///C:/Users/sweenema/Downloads/Folic%20Acid%20Report%202016%20FINAL%20ACCESSIBLE%20(4).pdf, 63607, 0, SACN. Update on folic acid July 2017., www.gov.uk/government/publications/folic-acid-updated-sacn-recommendations,
Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society
Date of Last Revision17-JAN-12

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