This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts from psychology and sociology and explores their contribution to understanding and changing of food-related behaviour.
The course also provides an introduction to fundamental concepts from sociology (including social divisions, social inequalities, social structures and social practices) and their contribution to the understanding of health behaviour, as well as presenting a sound theoretical underpinning to facilitate health behaviour change.
The course is designed for practising dietitians and other healthcare professionals wishing to update individual knowledge and skills.
Depending on professional background, a combination of these courses can lead to either a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or masters qualification in Advanced Dietetic Practice.
On successful completion, you should have learned:
- Fundamental psychological and sociological concepts.
- The contribution of fundamental psychological and sociological concepts to the understanding of health behaviour.
- Theories underpinning the facilitation of health behaviour change.
- The ability to apply fundamental theories from sociology and psychology to practice to behaviour change interventions.
- The ability to reflect upon the influence of theories from sociology and psychology on your own practice.
- Approach the management of health behaviour in an ethical manner.
Our programmes are specially developed by professionals in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. We have a dynamic teaching team and offer the opportunity to learn under the guidance of expert practitioners, educators and researchers.
During your studies with us, you will have the opportunity to:
- Gain a thorough knowledge of the principles of professional development.
- Develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice.
- Develop practical skills in relation to accepted theories.
Fees and Funding
Please contact the course administrator for fees information.
Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through Health Education East Midlands. Funding is available for individual courses and full programmes, with the exception of the 60 credit Research Project/Dissertation required on the Masters course, which would be self-funded.
All candidates must complete an LBR funding form or self-funding form. To check if you qualify for funding and obtain the appropriate form, please contact the course administrator.