Postgraduate Admission Pathway - Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) - 2 year pathway

Western Sydney University Postgraduate Admission Pathway Code: A4041.1

This version of the specialisation is available to new and continuing students.

Related Courses

3749.1 Master of Science

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : NO

The Master of Science specialising in Public Health Nutrition is designed for human nutrition graduates seeking to further their career in public health and health promotion; working in a variety of settings, such as local, state or national health organisations, non-government organisations, population health units, community health centres, and international aid agencies. Roles may include, health promotion officer, research and evaluation officer, monitoring and surveillance officer, and health policy officer. The program draws on and complements the Master of Public Health, providing an attractive postgraduate pathway for students with prior nutrition knowledge. This specialisation build an integrated understanding of relevant aspects of community and public health nutrition and its interrelation with other relevant disciplines including, behavioural sciences and nutrition/health education, social sciences, economics, politics, food and nutrition systems, and public health systems. A capstone unit involving a public health nutrition research project allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills developed from the whole program and build on research skills that are scaffolded through the curriculum.


Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Dr Mark Williams

Postgraduate Admission Pathway Structure

Applicants must have a Bachelor Degree in any science, health science, or engineering discipline;


A Graduate Certificate in food science, food technology, food engineering, human nutrition, dietetics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, health science and a minimum two years full-time equivalent work experience in food, human nutrition, dietetic, or related industries professions may be considered for entry.

Recommended Sequence

Master of Science (Public Health Nutrition) 160 credit points

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points which include five core units, one capstone unit (selected from two options), and two alternates.

Core Units

Students must complete the following core units

301186 Community and Public Health Nutrition
401077 Introduction to Biostatistics
401076 Introduction to Epidemiology
301184 Nutritional Assessment Methods
301185 Nutrition Promotion
400416 Public Health, Policy and Society

Capstone Research Unit

Students must complete at least 20 credit points from the following units

401079 Dissertation (Full Time)
401282 Dissertation (Part Time)

401282 Dissertation (Part time) is completed over two teaching sessions, thus students will need to enrol twice in this unit.

400850 Professional Topic
401078 Research Project
401080 Research Protocol Design and Practice

Alternate Public Health Nutrition Unit Pool (all Level 7)

Students select up to 80 credit points from the ‘Alternate Public Health Nutrition unit pool’ to complete 160 credit points

400841 A Global Perspective on Social Determinants of Health
401175 Analytic Approaches in Epidemiology
400846 Building Organisational Capacity in Health Care
201022 Customer Experience

Note: Unit 201022 - Customer Experience replaces 200823 Buyer Behaviour from Autumn 2019

400840 Communicable Diseases
401178 Controversies in Epidemiology
401179 Data Management and Programming for Epidemiology
301044 Data Science
101636 Developing Sustainable Places
401174 Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases
400975 Ethics in Health Research
301181 Food Evaluation
301180 Food Preservation and Packaging Technologies
301183 Food Product Design
301182 Food Quality Management
301118 Genomic Data Science
400418 Health Advancement and Health Promotion
400837 Health and Socio-political Issues in Aged Care
400967 Health Economics and Comparative Health Systems
400844 Health Services and Facilities Planning
400843 Health Workforce Planning
200852 Innovation, Creativity and Foresight
200851 Innovation for New Markets
401173 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology
401081 Organisational Governance and Performance Management
400238 Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision
51240 Project Management
401238 Qualitative Research Methodology in Health
301387 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies

Note: Unit 301387 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies replaces 301004 Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies from Autumn 2021.

301116 Social Media Intelligence
401176 Statistical Methods in Epidemiology
400847 Surveillance and Disaster Planning
301114 The Nature of Data
102180 Translation from Theory and Research to Policy
301112 Visualisation

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