International Nutrition

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Throughout this online unit in International Nutrition, offered by Open Universities Australia and Curtin University, you will become familiar with a range of issues relating to food and nutrition around the globe. Emphasis will be placed upon the nutritional status of vulnerable populations, though you will also gain an awareness of the nutritional issues and challenges which have arisen from urbanisation and modernisation.

You will learn about the external determinants of malnutrition, and will gain an understanding of how social, environmental, political and economic factors can play a role in hunger and malnutrition. You will become familiar with how and why malnutrition varies across age groups, and will discuss its causes and effects in infants, children, adolescents and adults.

International Nutrition will also include segments which focus on how nutritional issues can be tackled. The unit examines nutrition in emergency situations, the current capacity of international nutrition work, international program approaches to the prevention and treatment of hunger and malnutrition, and the scope for research and policy to be part of the solution.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol, applicants must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in International Health
  • Graduate Diploma in International Health
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health
  • Master of Public Health

Areas of study

In this International Nutrition unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction, major nutritional challenges and scope of international nutrition work
  • Malnutrition in infants, children, adolescents and adults
  • Micronutrient deficiencies: iron, iodine, vitamin A and zinc
  • Nutrition transition: the effects of modernisation and urbanisation
  • Nutritional assessment of vulnerable populations
  • Determinants of hunger and malnutrition: social, political, economic and environmental considerations
  • Nutrition in emergency situations
  • Program approaches to prevention and treatment of malnutrition
  • Future challenges: policy and research implications

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in International Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in International Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Over the course of this unit you will develop a range of knowledge and skills which will be beneficial to you if you aim to pursue a career relating to public health, particularly if you intend to work within the international community.

You will gain an understanding of the causes and effects of malnutrition, what the priorities for research and policy are, and be able propose potential solutions to combat international nutrition issues.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in International Nutrition from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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