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MEDI6074 Food Systems

Module Overview

This module provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the direct and indirect links between agricultural production, food availability, access to food and public health nutrition in both developed and developing countries

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

In particular, • To develop your understanding of the links between agriculture, food and public health nutrition and how risk assessment is undertaken. • To develop your knowledge and understanding of the need for and practical constraints to countries being food secure. • To develop your understanding of the need for food standards, laws and regulations to assure good public health nutrition. • To develop your skills and understanding of the associations between commercial interests, food ethics (public-private sector partnerships) and public health nutrition

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Explain what influences and determines food production at the global, regional and national level and how this can affect public health nutrition.
  • Explain the importance of and difference between food and nutrition security and how they relate to public health nutrition.
  • Demonstrate the role and importance of food standards, laws, and regulations to enhance public health nutrition and minimise nutrition risk.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of retaining the nutritional integrity of food as it moves from ‘farm to fork’ and the implications for food-based interventions
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess how globalisation can affect public health nutrition at the national and local levels.
  • Critically examine the need for and constraints to develop a national food security strategy.
  • Critically analyse public-private sector partnerships that can be used to develop food-based options to enhance the population’s nutrition related health and well-being.
  • Provide information on how local and national level food-based interventions can affect the population’s health and wellbeing.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compose and communicate conceptual frameworks.
  • Extract and manipulate data from global data bases and communicate them effectively though charts and tables


• Agriculture, health and public health nutrition. • Globalisation and chronic diseases. • Data sources and limitations. • International and national influences and determinants of food security. • Food standards, health claims, food laws and regulations. • Food-based interventions. • Commercial interests and public health nutrition.

Special Features

This module will give you the opportunity to develop your Excel skills

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning strategies will include: formal lectures, workshops, and practice based learning. The emphasis will be on student centred learning in which you will be supported by a wide range of resources. Staff, tutors and colleagues will support your professional learning

Independent Study105
Total study time125

Resources & Reading list

Transform nutrition.

Global Panel on agriculture and food systems for nutrition.

Global food security: sustainable, healthy food for all website.

2017 Global nutrition report.

Nutrition and food systems.


Assessment Strategy

There will be two components to the assessment i) team debate and ii) written gap analysis. The pass mark for the module and all components is 50%. The written gap analysis must be passed to pass the module. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50% or more in all components, you may still pass by compensation for the debate. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% in this component. Each of the component marks is then combined, using the appropriate weighting, to give an overall mark for the module. If this overall mark is greater than or equal to 50% you will have passed the module. If your overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, you will have failed the module. If you have not achieved 40% or more on all components, you cannot use compensation and have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%.


MethodPercentage contribution
Team debate  (60 minutes) 20%
Written gap analysis  (1250 words) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Viva  (30 minutes) 20%
Written gap analysis  (1250 words) 80%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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