Public Health Nutrition

Robert Gordon University


Food and nutrition policies for improving health and preventing chronic disease are required worldwide. Undernutrition and obesity are global public health problems, and food security and sustainable diets are of increasing importance as we adapt to feed a growing population whilst mitigating the effects of climate change on food production.

This course provides teaching and learning around the role of food and nutrition in health and disease, and how this knowledge can be applied to improve public health. We will support you to develop the professional skills required for a career in public health nutrition – working to improve the diet and nutritional status of individuals, communities and populations, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing, and reducing the burden of disease.

PgCert Nutrition (Stage 1)
You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the major food commodities, energy and nutrients, and the factors that influence their intake and requirements throughout the lifespan in order to identify dietary improvements for human health. You will also evaluate the anthropometric, biochemical, clinical and dietary assessment methods for determining nutritional status, and develop professional skills in the design, analysis, interpretation and critical appraisal of research studies.

You can exit after stage 1 with PgCert Public Health Nutrition

PgDip Public Health Nutrition (Stage 2)
You will apply the principles from Stage 1 to examine the associations between diet and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and obesity. You will evaluate the key issues relating to public health nutrition policy in the UK and internationally, and apply the health psychology theories of behaviour change to health promotion. Finally, you will examine the key challenges to food security and propose practical solutions to improve the global food system and produce sustainable diets.

You can exit after stage 2 with PgDip Public Health Nutrition

MSc Public Health Nutrition (Stage 3)
You will undertake a self-directed, supervised, research project relevant to public health nutrition. The aim is to enable you to demonstrate critical, integrated and applied understanding of planning, execution, analysis and reporting of independent research in public health nutrition.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold at least a 2:2 undergraduate science-based honours degree (or its equivalent) in biological or life sciences, which includes Chemistry and Biology within the course

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry qualifications but have relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Full time

Course Length

12 months


School of Health Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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