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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Public Health Nutrition

This new, four year, honours degree prepares graduates to work in the area of public health nutrition and health promotion

Discipline: Natural Sciences

Programme Code: 

GA 791

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 32

CAO Round 1 Points: 368 (2020)

Why Study?

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.

Public Health Nutritionists develop, implement and evaluate nutrition policies and programmes, generating the evidence base and applying scientific knowledge to ensure understanding of the impact of food and diet on health and wellbeing of people and communities, and improving the diet, nutrition and health of people and communities.

With the increased number of the population suffering from, or at risk of developing, lifestyle-related chronic diseases, more individuals require assistance with nutritional management. 

As a result, there is an urgent need for suitably qualified individuals to work in the health sectors.

Public health nutrition has been gaining popularity as an area of study to meet this growing demand.


Programme Modules

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

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

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in this field are developing rapidly for graduates with an understanding of the connections between nutrition and public health.

Specific job opportunities for public health nutrition graduates have included health improvement, addressing inequalities in nutrition and health, nutrition advocacy, the prevention of non-communicable diseases, developing/commissioning and implementing policies and programmes, monitoring, evaluation and assessment of diet in groups/communities, education and generating research evidence linking food/nutrients and health across a range of employers.

These include:

  • 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, local authorities
  • Research and data analysis at public health observatories and various higher education institutes
  • Work in food industry, e.g. Kellogg's, Nestle, 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

Post-graduate Studies: 

Graduates will be eligible to pursue research MSc/PhD programmes in Nutrition and related areas as well as taught master’s programmes in cognate areas.  

GMIT School of Science and Computing intends to develop in-house taught master’s programmes for Public Health Nutrition graduates.

Essential Information: 

Course Transfer:

Students enrolling on to the first year of the Public Health Nutrition programme will be eligible to transfer into GMIT's Sport and Exercise Science programme upon successful completion of the first year, provided that places are available.


Accreditation and Registration:

Nutritionists and nutritional therapists are different roles, with different sets of professional standards expected of those who practice in each field.

There are fundamental differences between the work, and the registration requirements, of nutritionists and nutritional therapists.

The Association for Nutrition (AfN) is committed to the promotion of strong evidence-based nutrition, and registrants must meet science based competencies in nutrition and agree to abide by the rigorous Code of Ethics.

The proposed BSc (Hons) in Public Health Nutrition will be submitted to the AfN for accreditation.

Contact Us

Dr Lisa Ryan,

Head of Department of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Tel: +353 91 742556

Email: Lisa Ryan

Dr Lisa Ryan, GMIT