Enrolment will soon open for the 2023 healthy food retail short course that will again be run for the third consecutive year in collaboration between RE-FRESH, Monash University and the Global Centre for Preventive Health (GLOBE).

This innovative short course will be delivered by world experts in the field – starting on July 27, 2023.

Course participants will be provided with nine weeks of online professional development, featuring weekly Zoom workshops with the researchers who have paved the way in this emerging field.

No other course of this type exists – addressing a knowledge gap for a workforce engaged in the complex systems change needed to improve the health of food retail environments for population health benefit.

It will teach the power of marketing and retail merchandising, evidence-based tools needed to enact change and provide the skills and knowledge to influence consumer decision-making and intervene to facilitate better retail practices for public health.

The learning package includes pre-reading, quizzes, videos and the weekly interactive two-hour Zoom workshops with the world leaders in this field. Theory and practice are combined, with a focus on case studies for real-world application.


The course is aimed at who can directly influence food retail environments for health, such as public health practitioners/health promotion professionals, local government officers, dietitians, nutritionists, public health policy makers and those with influence on public health policy. Students studying public health/nutrition at a Masters level would also benefit.


The course has been designed to be the equivalent of a Masters level unit (ie. participants can complete the micro-credential (assessed) version and apply for credit – extending the course to 12 weeks). The unassessed version finishes after 9 weeks. The short course may also be included in professional development hours. For details of the requirements of the micro-credential, please visit the Monash University course detail and enrolment page.


On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

■ Evaluate the role of retail food settings in population diet

■ Critique the key theories used in food retail marketing practice and their influence on consumer food choices

■ Distinguish the relationships between food retailers, suppliers and manufacturers in the array of retail food settings

■ Explore Australian and international regulations, laws and social responsibility agendas that influence food retail marketing practice

■ Critique the evidence used to inform practice and policy intervention

■ Design a monitoring and evaluation framework from a food retail setting, to inform best practice in relation to health

■ Plan an approach to modify a selected food retail setting to be health enabling


This course is delivered by world experts in healthy food retail research. Meet your course lecturers here.


LEARN MORE ABOUT: Time investment to complete course, topics and other frequently asked questions



Start Date: Thursday 27 July, 2023 – Thursday, September 21 (without micro-credential; add 3 weeks with micro-credential)

Duration: 9 weeks (12 weeks with micro-credential)

Delivery: Online

Cost: $1800 with micro-credential (assessed); $1300 withour micro-credential (non-assessed)

Enrolment end date: Thursday, July 20, 2023

For further information, please email: re-fresh@deakin.edu.au


For the answers to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, please CLICK HERE.

To read about the experience of a 2022 short course participant CLICK HERE





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