GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Public Health Nutrition (Level 8)

Code: GA791 Level: 8

Why Study Public Health Nutrition? This exciting new degree programme is the first of its kind in the West of Ireland. Public Health Nutrition focuses on the promotion of good health through nutrition and the primary prevention of nutrition-related illness in the population. Students on this course will: • Develop, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programmes • Apply scientific knowledge to understand the impact of food and diet on health and wellbeing • Work to improve the diet, nutrition and health of individuals and communities What will I study? Year 1: • Learning and Innovation Skills • Mathematics/Statistics • Fundamentals of Biomechanics and Anatomy • Human Physiology • Cell Biology/Genetics • Chemistry • Principles of Food and Nutritional Science Year 2: • Human Nutrition and Metabolism • Human Physiology • Food Science and Technology 1 Year 3: • Nutrition Through the Life Cycle • Personal and Professional Development for Nutritionists • Applied Research Methods in Nutrition • Community Nutrition and Food Policy • Professional Placement Year 4: • Clinical Nutrition • Health Promotion • Current Research in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition • Advanced Food Science - food commodities and ingredients

What are my career opportunities? Career opportunities in this field are developing rapidly for graduates with an understanding of the connections between nutrition and public health. Graduates will be able to work in areas such as: • Advisory positions in weight management, healthy eating or similar • Advisory positions in food safety and health, e.g. Food Safety Authority of Ireland • Broader roles in health promotion and health improvement • Project delivery or advisory work with government agencies, e.g. HSE or Local Authorities • Research and data analysis at public health observatories and various higher education institutes • Work in food industry, e.g. Kellogg's, Nestlé, Danone, Glanbia • Food in Schools initiatives • National nutrition assessment groups • Infant and maternal nutrition, e.g. UNICEF, Healthy Start • International work in public health, e.g. World Food Programme, World Health Organisation Further study: Graduates will be eligible to pursue research MSc/PhD programmes in Nutrition and related areas as well as taught masters' programmes in cognate areas. GMIT School of Science and Computing intends to develop in-house taught masters’ programmes for Public Health Nutrition graduates.

Student experience

• Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health • Evaluating the Evidence for Public Health Nutrition • Molecular Biology • Immunology • Food Science and Technology 2 • Biochemistry

• Nutrition Controversies • Research Project in Public Health Nutrition • Global Perspectives in Nutrition • Nutritional Epidemiology

Emer Mc Donagh (Current Student)

I had the opportunity to have my third-year placement with the Coeliac Society of Ireland . I had a very positive and insightful experience on placement. The mix of learning and self-development has given me an excellent grounding for both future employment and further study. I received

training on communication skills, IT skills, networking skills and marketing skills. My placement was very varied as I was working both in a clinical setting and in community populations. The experience has also given me a fantastic opportunity to see how the skills and knowledge I have acquired in college can be applied in the workplace.

Note: Students enrolling on to the first year of the Public Health Nutrition programme will be eligible to transfer into the Sport and Exercise Science programme upon successful completion of the first year if places are available.

School of Science and Computing

Places 32

Duration 4 years

Campus Galway

Talk to us: Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of Department of Natural Sciences Tel: +353 91 742556 | E-mail: lisa.ryan@gmit.ie

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