Human Nutrition

Study mode:Part-time Languages: English Duration:18 months
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This is an advanced course in human nutrition which draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.
Throughout the course you will develop:

* advanced knowledge of human nutrition and the complexity of current issues relating to food and human health;
* an understanding of the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition;
* skills that will enable you to practise effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings including the food industry, public health nutrition, private practice and business environments; and
* skills in evaluating the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

This course provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, thus giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. Students looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Careers website to ensure the elective units they select will meet their career development needs.

This course requires completion of 12 credit points - two core units and ten electives. Eight of the ten electives must be from the list of electives below. Up to 2 credit points may be chosen from approved postgraduate units offered by any faculty of Deakin University (subject to approval by the course director).

Core units

Trimester 1

* Principles of Nutrition

Trimester 2

* Lifespan Nutrition

Elective units

Trimester 1

* Diet and Disease
* Public Health Nutrition
* Sports Nutrition
* Food, Nutrition and Behaviour
* Advanced Public Health Nutrition
* Trends and Innovation in Food Science

Trimester 2

* Food Policy and Public Health
* Nutrition Promotion
* Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment
* Obesity Prevention
* Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum
* Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence
* Nutrition Research Project Part B

Trimester 3

* Principles of Nutrition
* Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies (offered alternate years in 2014, 2016)
* International Nutrition (offered alternate years in 2015, 2017)
* Nutrition for Healthy Ageing
* Nutrition Research Project Part A
* International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Deakin offer a wide range of scholarships to assist students from many different backgrounds pay for their university fees.


Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a Register of Nutritionists to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an Associate Nutritionist as the criteria for eligibility is a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in nutrition or equivalent. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for Registered Nutritionist status.

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