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Nutritionists within the public health sector play an important role in promoting good health and preventing diet-related disease in the population. This course equips recent graduates and health professionals with the knowledge and skills to specialise in public health nutrition.

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). Read more about the accreditation for this course.

  • Gain in-depth knowledge and detailed understanding of the principles and practice of human nutrition.
  • Develop an appropriate level of competence in public health management including financial, organisational and applied management relevant to employment in the nutrition and the public health sector.
  • Enhance your ability to critically analyse current and developing theory.

How you learn

Develop and advance personal, professional and transferable skills that will equip you for a career in the rapidly evolving nutrition and public health environment and provide a foundation for employability and continuing professional development.

You learn through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • laboratory classes
  • counselling simulations
  • workshops

Applied learning

You complete the work related learning module to reflect on personal and professional development and produce an Action Plan. You're required to identify areas for personal development in your action plans and identify objectives and activities to undertake.

Typical activities include work shadowing/volunteering, attending nutrition and food-related conferences, events and workshops and undertaking online courses. You also produce a reflective portfolio where you map your developmental activities to the core competencies for nutritonists outlined by the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

We encourage you to attend conferences, external workshops and other sector related events.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as:

  • a public health manager such as obesity lead or healthy schools lead
  • a food development co-ordinator
  • a health promotion specialist
  • a company nutritionist
  • a nutritionist for international humanitarian organisation
  • a nutrition researcher


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).

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

City Campus map

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you:

  • prepare diets/meals in our modern kitchens
  • work in our specialised sensory feeding booths
  • analyse the nutrient content of foods and measure markers of health in our food and human physiology laboratories
  • use dietary assessment software


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules:

  • Behaviour Change In Nutrition And Health - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Dissertation - 45 credits - Coursework 
  • Food Chain - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Issues In Public Health And Nutrition - 15 credits - Coursework/Practical 
  • Life-Course Approach To Nutrition - 30 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Nutritional Physiology And Biochemistry - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Public Health Management - 15 credits - Coursework/Practical 
  • Work Related Learning - 15 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.


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





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