Syllabus | PAPER II-PUBLIC NUTRITION AND HEALTH | M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics | Third Semester

SEMESTER-III
PAPER II-PUBLIC NUTRITION AND HEALTH

Total-40 hrs

S. No. TOPICS TO BE COVERED

DOMAIN

TEACHING HOURS

Module 1
  • Concept of public nutrition
  • Introduction to public nutrition & health.
  • Relationship between health and nutrition.
  • Role of public nutritionists in the health care Delivery.
Must Know
Public health Nutrition and nutritionists in the delivery of health care services.

3

Module 2
  • Sectors and Public Policies relevant to nutrition &health.
  • Sectors and Public Policies relevant to nutrition and health.
Must Know
Various sectors /policies relevant to nutrition.

2

Module 3
  • Primary Health Care of the Community
  • National Health Care Delivery System.
  • Determinants of Health Status.
  • Indicators of Health.
Must know
Health care delivery system& indicators of health.
Desirable to Know
Determinants of Health.

5

Module 4
  • Population Dynamics
  • Demographic transition.
  • Demographic processes.
  • Demographic cycle & concepts.
  • Population structure.
  • Fertility behaviour.
  • Population policy.
Must Know
Population policy, structure and its dynamics.
Desirable to Know
Fertility behavior.
 

6

Module 5
  • Food and nutrition Security
  • Food production, Access, Distribution, Availability, Losses and consumption.
  • Food Security
  • Socio-cultural aspects of dietary patterns and their implications for Nutrition and Health.
Must Know
Concept of Food & nutrition security and its component.
Desirable to Know
Socio cultural aspects of nutrition and its implication for health.

4

Module 6
  • Nutritional Status Assessment,Determinants of nutritional status of individual & populations.
  • Nutrition and Non-nutritional indicators: Socio-cultural,Biological,Environmental, Economic.
  • Assessment of nutritional status of individuals of different ages- MUAC, Weight for age, Height for age, Weight for height,Ponderal index, BMI.
  • Applications & limitations in different field situations choice of an indicator.
Must Know
Assessment of nutritional status of individual & population.
Desirable to Know
Determinants of nutritional status.
Applications & limitations/choice of  of indicators in different field situation.

5

Module 7
  • Major nutritional Problems – etiology, prevalence, clinical manifestations, preventive and therapeutic measures for: Macro and micro nutrient deficiencies.
  • Other nutritional problems- etiology, prevalence, clinical manifestations, preventive and therapeutic measures for: lathyrism, dropsy, aflatoxicosis, alcoholism and fluorosis.
  • Overweight, obesity and chronic degenerative diseases.

 

Must Know

 

3

Module 8
  • National Food, Nutrition & Health Policies.
  • Plan of action and programmes.

Must Know

3

Module 9
  • Approaches and Strategies for improving nutritional status and health.
  • Programmatic options- their advantages and demerits, Feasibility Political support Available resources (human, financial, infrastructural).
  • Health-based interventions Food-based interventions including: Fortification and genetic improvement of foods, Supplementary feeding, Nutrition education for behaviour change.
Must Know
Approaches for improving nutritional status & Health, programmatic and food based interventions.

5

Module 10
  • Introduction of Health economics.
  • Cost-Benefit, Cost effectiveness, Cost efficiency.
  • Economics of malnutrition.
  • Impact of Health economics on productivity and national Development.

Must Know

2

Reference Books:

  • Michael J. Gibney, Barrie M. Margetts, John M. Kearney, Lenore Arab, Public Health Nutrition, Wiley India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sharda Gupta, Santosh Jain Passi, Rama Seth, Ranjana Mahna & Seema Puri Kumud Khanna, Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014.
  • K.Park,Park’s Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine (English) 23th Edition,201
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