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Course content

Nutritionists within the public health sector play an important role in promoting good health and preventing dietary related disease in the population. If you are a recent graduate or health professional, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to specialise in public health nutrition. You graduate ready to enter the profession or advance into a leadership role.

The course has been designed following Association for Nutritionist guidelines in consultation with public health partners, ensuring you are taught to a nationally recognised standard. You build your knowledge of • nutrition • behaviour change theories • physiology • biochemistry • food science • public health policy and practice.

It also provides opportunities for you to develop managerial skills, practical skills and counselling skills relevant to the public health sector.

The nutrition and public health sectors are the main focus of the course, but you also develop broader analytical and personal skills applicable to many careers. The student-centred approach to learning includes seminars, workshops and practical sessions. We also encourage you to attend conferences, external workshops and other sector related events. The blend of core nutrition and public health content and broader managerial and work-related learning enhances your employability in the public health sector.

The course is based on the following principles

  • excellent student experience
  • business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and the industry mentor scheme
  • flexibility

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Successfully completing an accredited course allows graduates to apply for Direct Entry Registration (at Associate Level) with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

Course structure

Postgraduate certificate

  • Life-course approach to nutrition (30 credits)
  • Food chain (15 credits)
  • Nutritional physiology and biochemistry (15 credits)

Postgraduate diploma

  • Public health management (15 credits)
  • Behaviour change in nutrition and health (15 credits)
  • Issues in public health and nutrition (15 credits)
  • Work-related learning (15 credits)


  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits)


  • literature reviews
  • poster presentation
  • dietary assessment report
  • counselling simulation
  • laboratory report
  • oral presentations
  • personal development portfolio
  • dissertation


With the knowledge and expertise you gain from this course, you will be in an ideal position to develop a successful career in nutrition and public health management.

Typical roles of graduates include • public health manager, such as obesity lead or healthy schools • food development co-ordinator • health promotion specialist • company nutritionist • nutritionist for international humanitarian organisations • nutrition researcher.

You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD.

Visit the Nutrition with Public Health Management MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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