Dietetics and Nutrition

Public Health: Nutrition and Society

Integrated course, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

The course unit provides basic knowledge and skills in the fields of public health nutrition and nutrition sociology.

The students
• are familiar with and understand different health concepts and models
• explore the sociocultural determinants of lifestyle and nutrition and the associated systems of public discourse (economic-political and social structures and megatrends, sociocultural identities and roles, nutrition and the public - media, policies)
• understand the contributions and perspectives of different scientific disciplines on the topic of health and nutrition (sociology, health science, public health, cultural science, anthropology, nutrition and medical sociology; food studies)
• are familiar with the tasks of public health nutrition
• are familiar with the principles of health metrics, epidemiology, health promotion and prevention
• are familiar with the tasks, characteristics and problems of healthcare systems, health promotion programmes and occupational health promotion

Learning outcomes

Students acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge of sociology, ethics, health economics, ecology, public health, anthropology and professional principles, which allow them to recognise and understand the responsibilities, responsibilities, possibilities and limits of their independent medical-therapeutic work in the context of ethical, social, economic-political, ecological and institutional frameworks and developments. The students are also prepared for complex counselling situations (clients from other cultural backgrounds or in exceptional situations).

The students
• are enabled to work in multi-professional teams to develop sustainable solutions in the fields of preventive health care and public health and to provide nutritional advice as part of health promotion and prevention
• understand the interrelations between individual health and diet on the one hand and social, cultural, economic and ecological factors on the other and can communicate this understanding to others
• understand how their profession is embedded in the Austrian healthcare system
• are able to realistically assess their own skills in terms of the technical, organisational, coordination and administrative requirements of the profession
• are able to take cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into account in their professional work
• are able to work in accordance with economic and ecological principles
• contribute to the further development of the profession

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant current primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Counselling Technique 2

Assessment methods and criteria