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Dr Penelope Nestel BSc, PG Dip, MSc, PhD

Principal Teaching Fellow, Programme Director MSc Public Health Nutrition

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Dr Penelope Nestel joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2006 and is a Principal Teaching Fellow. Since being at Southampton she has led the development of the MSc in Public Health with its four pathways and is the Programme Leader for the MSc in Public Health and the Public Health Nutrition pathway.

Before coming to Southampton she worked in international nutrition for over 25 years and was involved in research, programme implementation and managing large research portfolios on dietary diversity, micronutrient supplementation, food fortification and biofortification when working for Tulane University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

After completing her undergraduate degree in nutrition at the University of London, she went on to study Tropical Agricultural Development, specializing in Agricultural Economics at Reading University. She completed her PhD in London working with the International Livestock Centre for Africa on nutrition in the Maasai tribe in Kenya.

She is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist in the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists.


BSc, Human Nutrition, University of London (1978)
PG Diploma, Agricultural Economics, University of Reading (1979)
MSc, Tropical Agricultural Development (Agricultural Economics), University of Reading (1981)
PhD, Human Nutrition, University of London (1985)

Dr Nestel is a regular reviewer for various nutrition journals






Research interests

Dr Nestel research is around operational issues to improve the nutritional wellbeing of vulnerable groups.

Integrated management of severe acute malnutrition and its impact on child mortality

Mild and moderate malnutrition underpin about 60% or some 2.2 million deaths and 21% of disability-adjusted-life-years of children under the age of five years in low income and middle income. The majority of these children live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-Central Asia. Severe acute malnutrition is a public health problem, yet it has been neglected by many national governments. The WHO has developed guidelines for the management of severe acute malnutrition, but they are frequently not fully or appropriately implemented, thus the risk of mortality remains high. To better understand the why best practices are not followed, research is being conducted to understand the systems and structures in place to manage severe acute malnutrition in Uganda.

Enhancing public health nutrition interventions in the UK

Policies and strategies to control and manage overnutrition exist, yet limited evidence exists to know what makes programmes work. Working with local service providers, research is being conducted locally to understand end-user needs for programmes related to prenatal care, school food environments and health trainers so as to develop appropriate tools and resources to enhance service delivery to achieve better nutritional outcomes.

Academic unit(s)

Human Development and Health Academic Units

Affiliate academic unit(s)

Human development and physiology Research group

Postgraduate student supervision


Florence Turyashemererwa, PhD

MSc students.

Faculty of Medicine

Programme Director, MSc in Public Health Nutrition
Faculty Education Staff Development Committee
Faculty Taught Programmes Management Committee
Faculty Student Progress Committee
Faculty of Medicine Ethics Committee
Faculty Assessment and Exams Committee


Book Chapter

MSc Public Health Nutrition. Leads and lectures in the Assessment of Nutritional Status, Food Systems, Nutrition Health Improvement and Policy & Programmes module. Lectures in Making Nutrition Work module.

BMedSci. Supervises nutrition-related international student projects.

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. Lectures in nutrition

Dr Penelope Nestel
Room Number SGH/LE111
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
Mailpoint 113, Southampton General Hospital
Tremona Road,
Southampton SO166YD
Tel: 023 8120 8923

Room Number:SGH/LE11/MP113

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