Public health nutrition

Public health nutritionists integrate a sound understanding of the science of nutrition with expertise in consumer behavioural science, public health policy, effective health promotion strategies, risk assessment, population demographics and economics, regulation of food standards and food product development. Determining how our diet affects disease risk is important for improving public health and is the basis for sound health promotion policy.

Human nutrition researchers within the Human Nutrition and Dietetics division carry out a range of public health studies and are active in the fields of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics, which investigate the relationship between our genes and our nutritional environment.

Research staff

Examples of research

  • Development and validation of dietary assessment tools
  • Strategies to optimise metabolic and cardiovascular health
  • Pathways to healthy ageing
  • Women’s iron status
  • Impact of policy change e.g. iodine fortification and fluoridation
  • Vitamin D status, insulin resistance and bone health
  • Nutrient supplementation and biomarkers of inflammation
  • Profiling body composition and related metabolic and lifestyle risk factors.


For more information contact Dr Janet Weber or Dr Carol Wham.

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