Nutrition 531: Community Nutrition

Tuesday/Thursday Course Syllabus


Date Topic Guests & Student Responsibilities Reading
1/8 Introduction to Public Health Nutrition


Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 21st Century

Essential public health services

Prevention for a Healthier America

The good of the whole vs. the freedom of the individual

1/10 Systems Thinking for Public Health Nutrition Student Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Guide 1

Systems Thinking to Improve the Public's Health

Public Health and Nutrition - Our vision: where do we go?

Healthy People 2020 Framework

Creating Healthy Food and Eating Environments: Policy and Environmental Approaches

A Framework for Public Health Nutrition

1/15 Assessing  Nutritional Health in Populations & Determinants of Nutritional Health  

Student Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Guide 2


Sortable Risk Factors and Health Indicators

For Discussion Guide:

General Resources:

Washington State Health Data

King County Health Data

The Health of Washington State:

Individual Level Indicators of Population Health:

National Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System

National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

Washington State Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System Data

Washington Healthy Youth Survey

National Immunization Survey Breastfeeding Data

Food Security Data

Policy Data:

School Health Policies & Practices Survey

Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC)

Food Access Data:

Food Environment Atlas

1/17 Assuring Nutritional Health



Student Facilitated Discussion


Discussion Guide 3

The Role of Public Health Nutrition in Obesity Prevention

The Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century

Who Will Keep the Public Healthy?

Aligning Food Systems Policies to Advance Public Health 

Berkeley Media Studies Group

Prevention Institute:  Supporting Health Food and Activity Environments - ENACT

1/22 Policy Development   A Legal Primer for  Obesity Prevention


Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN)



Food Insecurity



Facilitated Discussion

Discussion Guide 4

Position of the American Dietetic Association: Food Insecurity and Hunger in the United States.  J Am Diet Assoc. 2010. March.  1101368-1377.

Household Food Security in the United States, 2011

Hunger in America: Suffering We All Pay For

Sweet Charity: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement

Hunger and Nutrition in America:  What's at Stake for Children, Families and Older Adults?

Toxic Stress and Child Hunger Over the Lifecourse:  Three Case Studies

1/29 Communicating  to Assure Conditions for Nutritional Health   Writing Policy Briefs: A Guide to Translating Science and Engaging Stakeholders

Policy Brief Checklist

Strategic Communications Planning

1/31 Science to Policy 

Student Lead Discussions

Students Present Proposals for Science to Policy Papers:  Bring 4 copies of Completed Proposal Template to share and upload to dropbox.

Infrastructure, Programs & Systems for Public Health Nutrition

2/5 Federal Systems for Public Health Nutrition Student Presentations

Blueprint for Nutrition & Physical Activity

Nutrition Assistance Programs


2/7 Federal Systems, continued Student Presentations  
2/12 Associations, Coalitions and Initiatives  Student Presentations  



2/14 Non-Governmental Organizations Student Presentations Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments

Public Health Functions in Communities

2/19 Community Nutrition Assessment  

Moving to the Future

2/21 Community Strategies   Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

Implementation Guide for Recommended Community Strategies

Population-level Intervention Strategies and Examples for Obesity Prevention in Children.

Center TRT

What Works for Health?

2/26 Theories of Change


  Theory at a Glance:   A Guide for Health Promotion Practice.  Karen Glance.  NIH, NCI.


Social Marketing for Nutrition and Physical Activity

Getting Equity Advocacy Results

2/28 Context for Public Health Nutrition Practice:  Cultural Competence, Coalitions/Partners, Community-based


Starting Steps for Improving Cultural Competence

Building Culturally Competent Organizations

3/5 Goals, Objectives, and Logic  Models  

Sample logic models

University of Wisconsin: Logic Mode templates

Enhancing Program Performance with Logic Models:




  Framework for Program Evaluation  

Center TRT Evaluation Framework

Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan

Advocacy Evaluation



Addressing Disparities & Inequities in Nutrition and Physical Activity

Marilyn Sitaker, MPH

Principal Research Scientist,  Battelle Memorial


Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts

Pampel, FC, Krueger, PM, Denney, JT Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Behaviors. Annu Rev Sociol Aug 2010, 36:349-370.


Social Determinants of Health: The
Community as an Empowered Partner

Health Inequalities: Trends,
Progress, and Policy



3/14 Policy Development in Action in WA State Erin MacDougall  

Final 10:30-12:20 Student Project Presentation  


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