Dietetics and Nutrition

Public Health

Integrated course, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

Fundamentals of health science and public health, health promotion and prevention, healthcare systems, health promotion programmes, corporate health promotion

Recommended literature
Specialist literature (latest editions):
Rosenbrock, Rolf & Gerlinger, Thomas (2004): Gesundheitspolitik. Eine Systematische Einführung. Verlag Hans Huber,
BernRose, Geoffrey (1985): Sick Individuals and sick Populations. Int. J. Epidemiology 2001 (30): 427-432
Badura, Bernhard & Hehlmann, Thomas (2003): Betriebliche Gesundheitspolitik. Der Weg zur gesunden Organisation. Springer Verlag
Schwartz, Friedrich Wilhelm (Hrsg.) (2003): Das Public Health Buch. Gesundheit und Gesundheitswesen. 2. Aufl., Urban und Fischer; München, Jena
Marmot, Michael & Wilkinson, Richard (Eds.): Social Determinants of Health (Paperback). Oxford University Press, USA

Lecture, projects, group work, presentations

Learning outcomes

Students acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge of professional principles, sociology, ethics, health economics, ecology and public health, which allow them to recognise and understand the responsibilities, competences, possibilities and limits of their independent medical-therapeutic work in the context of ethical, social, political, economic, ecological and institutional frameworks and developments.
They learn 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.
They understand the interrelations between individual health and diet on the one hand and social, cultural, economic and ecological factors on the other. They understand how their profession is embedded in the Austrian healthcare system.

On completion of the module students will be able to:
--> realistically assess their own skills in terms of the technical, organisational, coordination and administrative requirements of the profession;
--> take into account cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values;
--> work in accordance with economic and ecological principles;
--> contribute to the further development of the profession.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Assessment methods and criteria

written/oral exam