Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Public Health Nutrition Specialisation MED5182

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students will study aspects of applied Public Health Nutrition.


Classes will meet several times a week during semester 2

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





A 90 min exam (50%).


A group coursework/set exercise consisting of a written report of approx. 2500 words (20%) and a performance report comprised of peer review and supervisor report (5%).


An individual poster presentation (12.5%) and interview (12.5%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The group work exercise cannot be resat.

Course Aims

To provide students with the skills to obtain, and critically evaluate, the scientific evidence regarding aspects of public health nutrition

To provide students with the skills required to conduct a needs assessment and plan, implement and evaluate a nutrition intervention.
To provide students with the opportunity to work as a member of a project team

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course students will be able to:


■ Analyse and prioritise nutrition problems of public health significance and design implement and evaluate a needs assessment using an evidence based approach

■ Critically review and evaluate nutritional epidemiological studies

■ Identify and interpret nutritional monitoring and surveillance data with reference to the literature

■ Identify nutritionally vulnerable groups and ways to use existing channels of communication to target and monitor these vulnerable groups

■ Communicate and present research evidence and ideas clearly in a style appropriate to a variety of different audiences using different media.

■ Work effectively in teams and project manage to complete complex tasks.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.