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MSc Nutrition with Public Health Management

Specialise in public health nutrition on a course developed following Association for Nutrition (AfN) guidelines. You cover the scientific background of human nutrition at a subcellular and population level, and professional aspects such as policy implementation. Graduates of this course can join the AfN as an associate public health nutritionist, enhancing their professional status.

Course length 1-2 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

Nutritionists within the public health sector play an important role in promoting good health and preventing dietary related disease in the population. If you are a recent graduate or health professional, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to specialise in public health nutrition. You graduate ready to enter the profession or advance into a leadership role.

The course has been designed following Association for Nutritionist guidelines in consultation with the British Nutrition Foundation and other public health partners, ensuring you are taught to a nationally recognised standard. You build your knowledge of • nutrition • physiology • biochemistry • food science • public health policy and practice.

It also provides opportunities for you to develop managerial skills, practical skills and behaviour change theories relevant to the public health sector. The work-related learning module gives you a valuable insight into the various roles of a nutritionist, stresses the importance of continuing professional development and allows you to practically apply the skills you learn during the course.

The nutrition and public health sectors are the main focus of the course, but you also develop broader analytical and personal skills applicable to many careers. The student-centred approach to learning includes seminars, workshops and practical sessions. We also encourage you to attend conferences, external workshops and other sector related events. The blend of core nutrition and public health content and broader managerial and work-related learning enhances your employability in the public health sector.

The course is based on the following principles
• excellent student experience
• business engagement and employability – through the work-related learning module and the industry mentor scheme
• flexibility – through option modules and the bespoke work-related learning module

Professional recognition

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).

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically, you should have one of the following

• an honours degree or equivalent in food, wellbeing, health or biological science

• an HND in a related subject with significant relevant experience

• substantial relevant experience at a senior level – with evidence from referees, performance on training courses or further education qualifications, showing you are capable of gaining a postgraduate qualification

We also expect at least one A level in science or equivalent. If you do not have this but are capable of masters level study, you will be considered individually.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – two years

Starts September

Typical modules may include

Postgraduate certificate

Life-course approach to nutrition (30 credits)
This module aims to review disease states relevant to particular ages and stages of the lifecycle, with a particular focus on key dietary and nutritional factors involved in health and disease. You develop your ability to appraise and organise information, themes and concepts from a variety of academic sources.

Food chain (15 credits)
This module links food ingredients and food processing to food quality. This includes understanding nutrient sources and their functionality but also the regulatory framework in which the food industry operates.

Nutritional physiology and biochemistry (15 credits)
This module introduces you to core principles in physiology and biochemistry with a specific emphasis on homeostasis, the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and the metabolism of micro and macronutrients.

Postgraduate diploma

Public health management (15 credits)
This module gives you an understanding of the principles and practices necessary to improve population health and well-being, with a particular focus on the role of nutrition in addressing contemporary public health priorities. You develop the knowledge and skills required within the field of public health and critically evaluate their application from local, national and international perspectives.

Behaviour change in nutrition and health (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to provide an overview of dietary reference standards, individual and population differences in diet,,and to introduce you to behaviour change theories.

Issues in public health and nutrition (15 credits)
Public health nutrition is one of the core areas of specialism for Registered Nutritionists (AfN). This module widens your appreciation and understanding of a range of contemporary and developing issues in public health and nutrition at local, national and international levels.

Work-related learning (15 credits)
Nutritionists registered with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) need to act professionally. This module aims to outline key issues relevant to professional conduct and ethics in the nutrition profession, and to facilitate the development of a reflective CPD portfolio to carry through into professional life. You also gain practical skills relevant to nutrition practice, such as budgeting, funding procurement, partnership working or project evaluation.


Research methods (15 credits)
This module introduces you to a wide range of methodologies and research techniques. You focus on developing critical research skills including critical examination and evaluation of published research.

Dissertation (45 credits)
You complete a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your work or interest.

  • individual and group coursework
  • essays
  • examinations
  • management project
  • dissertation


With the knowledge and expertise you gain from this course, you will be in an ideal position to develop a successful career in nutrition and public health management.

Typical roles of graduates include • public health manager – obesity lead • public health manager – healthy schools • food development co-ordinator • health promotion specialist • company nutritionist.

You can also continue with further study by completing a PhD.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,300

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,800 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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