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Public Health Nutrition / Cothú Sláinte Poiblí


During this programme you will come in contact with food and applicants with a medically diagnosed food allergy (note: not a food intolerance) should be aware of this.

What is... Public Health Nutrition?

Public Health Nutrition involves the promotion of good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition related illness in the population. It focuses on the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to improving the optimum nutritional health of the whole population and high risk or vulnerable subgroups within the population. This public health nutrition degree will have an international perspective and will examine how global, national and local community programs might be designed to improve the nutritional status of the population as a whole and those at particular risk.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Employment opportunities exist for nutrition experts within the agri-food production and retail industries. Opportunities also exist for employment in nutrition product sales and marketing. A number of government agencies and bodies are employing expert nutritionists. The growing appreciation of the role of nutrition in public health amongst health professionals, industry, the general public, and at Government level is resulting in a growing demand for graduates in Public Health Nutrition.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to register as Associate Nutritionists with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) conferred by the Association for Nutrition. Three years further relevant experience enables graduates to apply for Registered Nutritionist status. Students who successfully complete the programme will also be eligible to undertake MPhil and PhD degrees in laboratory or community-based research.

Learning Outcomes: What will I learn on this programme?

Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, the role of nutrients in the body and the relationship between diet, health and disease. The study of nutrition draws on a range of subjects including the basic sciences, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology and physiology. The programme is designed to provide an integrated training in the science of nutrition and its applications to human health and wellbeing both at the individual and community level.

Competence will be developed based on theoretical knowledge, the application of the core sciences to human nutrition, the development of scientific and analytical skills and the integration of theory and practice. To ensure a capacity for evidence-based practice, emphasis will be placed on the development of problem-solving skills, the ability to seek, review and critically evaluate and summarise scientific data and information and the ability to undertake research and development in Public Health Nutrition. These skills and competencies will be further developed/reinforced by the inclusion of a research project (year 3) and a 36-40 week professional placement (year 4) and to ensure our graduates have real-life work experience and are fit for purpose. Strong emphasis is placed on developing additional transferable skills such as computer literacy, interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work as a team and adaptability.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry for Human Nutrition
  • Food Studies
  • Nutrition Science-Macronutrients
  • Nutrition through the Lifecycle
  • Physiology
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Professional Practice, Communications & Behavioural Science
  • Research Methodology & Statistics

Year Two

  • Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • Nutrition Science-Micronutrients
  • Control & Integrative Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Public Health Microbiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Professional Practice for Public Health Nutrition
  • Practice Placement (4 weeks)

Year Three

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Global Food Issues
  • Food Safety, Food Policy & Regulatory Affairs
  • Invention, Innovation & Commercialisation
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • Professional Development for Placement
  • Research Project

Year Four

  • Professional Placement (36-40 weeks)
  • Consolidation

Special requirements for first year:

During year one of the programme yo will be required to obtain the followi items to complete the course work (approximate prices are included): Lab Coat, Safety Goggles and Manual (€60), Hepatitis Vaccinations (€90), Immunity Testing (€20), Chef’s Uniform & Shoes (€100) and Knife Set (€30)

Are there study abroad options?

Currently students in the School of Biological Sciences have an opportunity to undertake their research project in Europe as part of the ERASMUS programme or in the United States. The opportunity may also be available to undertake the Professional Placement in Europe.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4562