Public Health Nutrition MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST225

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

HLST225

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

January 2022

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

Overview

The MSc in Public Health Nutrition is designed to give you the opportunity to consider public health nutrition dilemmas by leading a culture that engages a shared responsibility for health, developing organised efforts to promote and maintain nutrition-related health / wellbeing and encourage the informed choices of society.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

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Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The course includes the CMI module, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Association for Nutrition

To benefit international employment and allow students eligibility to register as Associate Nutritionists with the Association for Nutrition UK, upon successful completion of the course, it has been designed and mapped to meet The Association for Nutrition (AFN) core competencies (2017)

It has also been mapped against the following competencies and frameworks:

The Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (PHSKF 2013)

The World Public Health Nutrition Associations Core Competencies (2012)

Our Facilities

Super Lab

SuperLab

The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Strength and Conditioning suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

Tasnim Zannat

I had a taste for further study

We have spoken to Tasnim about her experience of studying a postgraduate in Public Health Nutrition with us. Read her story.

Anthony Warner

Guest lecture from Anthony Warner

Coventry University’s Dietetics and Nutrition students had an inspirational guest lecture from Anthony Warner AKA, The Angry Chef who featured in The Telegraph’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food 2017 list. Anthony talked about his career journey from product development in the food industry to his work publishing blogs, books and articles tackling the pseudo-science and diet fads without any nutritional basis espoused by some social media influencers in the area of food and nutrition.

Course information

This course is designed to bring together the science of nutrition, consultancy and creativity to provide you with the chance to expand your horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to public health nutrition.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to work across multiple agencies championing a shared responsibility for health to ultimately open avenues for becoming leaders in public health nutrition. The course is designed to provide a broad-based approach to public health nutrition drawing upon a range of disciplines and staff expertise, which aims to expose you to a novel amalgamation of nutrition, public health, research, commercial and media insight.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

All modules are mandatory

Modules

  • Science of Nutrition for Public Health

    This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the science of human nutrition and metabolism. Concepts of nutrient/dietary adequacy and dietary guideline development will be critically considered and an international perspective will be used to critically explore dietary guidelines and nutrient requirements through the lifecycle.

  • Psychology of Eating Behaviour

    The aim of this module is to give you the chance to stretch your understanding beyond nutritional requirements based on physiological need, to explore the impact of cultural, social, psychological, religious and spiritual needs on eating behaviour and nutritional intake. Concepts relating to food choice and theories of behaviour change will be considered and applied to the role of nutritional practice with individuals and within public health.

  • Influencing action: A Review of Public Health Policy

    This module allows you the opportunity to consider and critically evaluate policy decisions that drive public health nutrition actions. The consideration of social determinants of health and how policy contributes to health equity or inequality will be examined. You will explore how to plan and conduct health needs assessments (with nutrition focus) and how to include hard to reach groups in this process.

  • Entrepreneural Nutrition - Media and Buisness

    Successful completion of this module introduces you to potential opportunities to influence public health nutrition and engage with the public through media and by making an impact in the retail and service industry. It aims to achieve this through using journalism as a channel of communication and by encouraging you to use your entrepreneurial skills to explore creating and bringing to life a new business idea.

  • Disease Prevention: Public Health Nutrition Approaches

    This module introduces and considers public health nutrition approaches to disease prevention. You will have the opportunity to critically review nutrition and lifestyle factors and how they may contribute to disease and evaluate preventative strategies targeted towards nutritional and lifestyle interventions.You will have the chance to critically review group / population based nutritional interventions, nutritional screening and nutrient based or food based nutritional standards / guidelines and their suitability for population based disease prevention.

  • Research Methodology, Design and Methods

    The focus of this module is to provide an overview of the key approaches to designing practice healthcare research. It will consider the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of research and critically appraise different design and methodological approaches used in health, social sciences and their related fields of practice. The module will give you the opportunity to develop your ability to prepare a detailed research proposal relevent to your field of academic study, area of professional practice or service improvement area. The importance of ethical, social, legal, political and economic aspects of research studies will be considered.

  • Leading and Creating Organisational Health and Wellbeing

  • Masters Dissertation – Public Health Nutrition

    This dissertation module is designed to allow you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth individual study in an area of interest relevant to your practice which will demonstrate research at an advanced level. The study will be supervised but independently undertaken. Within the study you will be expected to demonstrate understanding of the research process including ethical, theoretical and methodological issues associated with the subject and demonstrate critical evaluation. It aims to build on the foundation provided by previous modules on the course.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • The changes within the public sector means that it is important that students are made aware of and appreciate the opportunities available to them in the private sector and the value of their transferable skills. This is addressed through the development of their own business plan and through the CMI module; upon successful completion of this module you can also gain a postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership and postgraduate Award in Professional Consultancy which enables you to apply for Chartered Manager status (subject to additional fees).
  • This course aims to ensure graduates have the knowledge and skills to enable them to work in public health nutrition, including providing the opportunity to develop health promotion campaigns/projects as part of the course.

Study throughout the course is designed to bring together the science of nutrition, consultancy and creativity to give you the chance to expand your horizons beyond the more traditional approaches to public health nutrition.

The course attracts students from a number of different professional backgrounds from the UK and internationally and therefore the teaching and learning across the course aims to reflect this. The course team aim to foster an environment whereby experiences of public health, nutrition, health and disease are shared within the classroom to create a community of students that can understand their differences. We believe that this creates confident graduates who should have the ability to work nationally and internationally with cultural sensitivities, upon successful completion of this course.

The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms.  The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with government and public health guidance.  Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use. 

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments, presentations,  or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course you will graduate with MSc Public Health Nutrition.

Students who successfully complete the 10 credit Chartered Management Institute (CMI) module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain a Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

A combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops form the teaching contact hours and students. Most modules run over 13 weeks involving 2-3 hours taught time per week.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

The course aims to recruit students with different world views and experiences and allows them the opportunity to build their own identity as both a student and a future public health nutrition professional. Modules are aimed at exploring nutrition issues nationally and internationally drawing on the experiences of the multinational and multicultural cohorts the course usually attracts. The peer to peer opportunity of learning between students of differing nationalities is designed to strengthen the internationalisation of the course. Assessment case studies are designed to include intercultural aspects which should equip you to work at a national and international level.

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree in a Nutrition/Dietetic/Health Science/ Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate course – and students will normally have achieved a second class (2.ii) classification or above, or equivalent qualification.

Applications from students who do not meet the above entry requirements may be considered, but their degree and experience will be assessed for appropriate content by the Course Director.

An Honours degree in a Nutrition/Dietetic/Health Science/ Sports and Exercise Science undergraduate course – and students will normally have achieved a second class (2.ii) classification or above, or equivalent qualification.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 or above, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2022

£10,400 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2022

£16,600 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Public health nutritionist graduates may work in a variety of settings to improve or enhance public health through the prevention and secondary prevention of nutrition and diet related diseases.

Government and local government, health authorities and hospitals, charities and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) all employ public health nutritionists. The food industry including manufacturers and retailers utilise public health nutritionists to facilitate social responsibility or to gain a competitive advantage through using nutrition as a unique selling point. Successful completion of this master’s could also act as a launchpad for further academic study including PhD.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.