The course provides training in public health nutrition in a global setting. An integrated programme covers epidemiological, dietary, 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; nutrition-related chronic disease. The main programme focus is on nutritional problems in low and middle-income countries – although skills and learning outcomes are widely applicable to populations globally.
The course attracts graduates from many countries and various disciplines who wish to equip themselves for global 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 low and middle income countries. This course is not a dietetic qualification.
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.
Applicants who have worked in nutrition, health or other relevant global nutrition activities will be given preference.
Any student who does not meet the minimum entry requirement above but who has relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.
By the end of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate an advanced knowledge of nutrition for global health 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
- apply knowledge of effective teamwork and communication skills to solve problems and achieve goals
Term 1: All students take three compulsory modules:
- Fundamental Public Health Nutrition - Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health - Basic Epidemiology
One additional optional module may also be taken from: - Principles of Social Research - Health Promotion Theory - Health Policy, Process and Power
Term 2: Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules which can only be taken after consultation with the course director.
- Slot 1: Maternal and Child Nutrition (compulsory)
- Slot 2: Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies* Family Planning Programmes History & Health Qualitative Methodologies Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
- Slot 3: Current Issues in Safe Motherhood & Perinatal Health Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases Nutrition in Emergencies Tropical Environmental Health
- Slot 5: Advance Statistical Methods in Epidemiology Analysing Survey & Population Data Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries Nutrition Programme Planning Principles and Practice of Public Health
During the summer months (July - August), students complete research project which enables them to work on a subject of special interest, practice skills of analysis and presentation, and integrate different aspects of the year's work, for submission by early September.