The Bachelor of Human Nutrition requires three years of full-time study. The award is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The award is offered both as a distance course and also as an alternative study path, or exit degree, for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who can deliver quality nutritional practice within a wide range of settings including nutrition, public health, health education or health promotion. 

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, students are expected to have:

  • the knowledge, skills and attitudes to undertake nutrition practice in a range of settings including public health and health promotion;
  • an understanding of the principles of primary health care and the impact of social, political, economic, environmental and cultural factors on food choice and the health of individuals, families and communities;
  • proficiency in various aspects of communication including group work, oral and written communication;
  • developed independent learning and reflective practice skills to allow capacity for self-evaluation and management that is strategic and focuses on quality nutrition practice;
  • an understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to the promotion of nutritional health and well being;
  • an understanding of the scope and potential of the discipline of nutrition;
  • an understanding of the importance of a commitment to the nutrition discipline including individual and collective professional development; and
  • the ability to promote informed and critical questioning and thinking.

Credit

Students from the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics who transfer into the Bachelor of Human Nutrition after successful completion of Years 1 and 2, may be eligible for two years of credit.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Human Nutrition a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to one of the following pathways:

  • Pathway 1 – for students commencing in Year 1
  • Pathway 2 – for students transferring from the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or failure to complete the award within six consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.

Pathway 1

Core - Year 1 topics

BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
CHEM1202  Chemistry for the Life Sciences  (4.5 units)
HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
HLTH1004   Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
NUTD1105  Food Systems  (4.5 units)
NUTD1106  Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health  (4.5 units)               

Plus one of:

CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units)
CHEM1201  General Chemistry  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units chosen from the option topics listed below. Students are encouraged to select the following topic:

NUTD1101 The Australian Table: An Introduction to Food and Food Culture (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

BIOL2771  Biochemistry  (4.5 units)
HLTH2102  Indigenous Health for Health Sciences (4.5 units)
MMED2931  Human Physiology  (4.5 units)
MMED2932  Integrative Human Physiology  (4.5 units)
MMED3933  Biochemistry of Human Disease  (4.5 units)
NUTD2101  Nutrition Across the Lifecycle  (4.5 units)
NUTD2102  Food Products and Preparation  (4.5 units)
NUTD2105  Individual, Social and Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective (4.5 units)
HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research (4.5 units)
HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research (4.5 units)
NUTD3101  Fundamentals of Nutritional Epidemiology  (4.5 units)
NUTD3102  Nutrients Role and Function  (4.5 units)
NUTD3107  Public Health and Community Nutrition  (4.5 units)
NUTD3203  Nutrition for Sports Performance (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics chosen from any topic offered by the University provided topic prerequisites are met. Students are encouraged to select one of the following topics as their elective:

NUTD3110  Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics (4.5 units)
Enterprise 1001 (New Ventures Institute New Topic) (4.5 units) tba

Option - Year 1 & 3 topics

NUTD1101 The Australian Table - An Introduction to Food and Food Cultures (4.5 units)
NUTD3110 Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics (4.5 units)
NUTD3111 Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics (9 units)
DSRS1202 Lifespan Development (4.5 units)
DSRS1206 Health Issues and Disability (4.5 units)
DSRS1209 Human Diversity (4.5 units)
DSRS1210 Interpersonal and Group Skills (4.5 units)
ESOL1101 English as a Second Language 1 (4.5 units) International students only
HLTH1101 Health Promotion for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
HLTH1305 Health Practitioner Practice 1 (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Health Practitioner Practice 2 (4.5 units)
MMED1005 How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure (4.5 units)
PSYC1101 Psychology 1A (4.5 units)
PSYC1102 Psychology 1B (4.5 units)

or other topic approved by the Course Coordinator.

 

Pathway 2 - Exit award

To qualify for the Bachelor of Human Nutrition a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or failure to complete the award within six consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.

Core - Year 1 topics

BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
HLTH2102  Indigenous Health for Health Sciences (4.5 units)
NUTD1105  Food Systems  (4.5 units)
NUTD1106  Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health  (4.5 units)              

Plus one of:

CHEM1101  Chemical Structure and Bonding  (4.5 units)
CHEM1201  General Chemistry  (4.5 units)

Plus

CHEM1202  Chemistry for the Life Sciences  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of option topics from the Option - Year 1 & 2 topics list.

Core - Year 2 topics

BIOL2771  Biochemistry  (4.5 units)
MMED2931  Human Physiology  (4.5 units)
MMED2932  Integrative Human Physiology  (4.5 units)
MMED3933  Biochemistry of Human Disease  (4.5 units)
NUTD2101  Nutrition Across the Lifecycle  (4.5 units)
NUTD2102  Food Products and Preparation  (4.5 units)
NUTD2105  Individual, Social and Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of option topics from the Option - Year 1 & 2 topics list.

Option - Year 1 & 2 topics

DSRS1202  Lifespan Development  (4.5 units)
DSRS1206  Health Issues and Disability  (4.5 units)
DSRS1209  Human Diversity  (4.5 units)
DSRS1210  Interpersonal and Group Skills  (4.5 units)
ESOL1101  English as a Second Language 1  (4.5 units) International students only
HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units)
HLTH1101  Health Promotion for Health Professionals  (4.5 units)
HLTH1304 Communication for Health Practitioners (4.5 units)
HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units)
MMED1005  How Your Body Works: Human Physiology and Structure  (4.5 units)
NUTD1101 The Australian Table – An Introduction to Food and Food Culture (4.5 units)
PSYC1101  Psychology 1A  (4.5 units)
PSYC1102  Psychology 1B  (4.5 units)
PSYC1108 The Psychology of Surviving and Thriving (4.5 units)

or other elective topic approved by the Course Coordinator.

Core - Year 3 topics*

NUTD3101  Fundamentals of Nutritional Epidemiology  (4.5 units)
NUTD3102  Nutrients Role and Function  (4.5 units)
NUTD3103  The Nutrition Care Process  (4.5 units)
NUTD3104  Communication and Nutritional Counselling  (4.5 units)
NUTD3106  Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics  (9 units)
NUTD3107  Public Health and Community Nutrition  (4.5 units)
NUTD3109  Food Service and Professional Practice  (4.5 units)
NUTD3110  Independent Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics  (4.5 units)##

##For students requiring an additional 4.5 units to meet the degree requirements, this topic is highly recommended, but not compulsory.

* In place of 18 units of NUTD Year 3 topics specified, Year 3 may include other topics of relevance to the practice of nutrition, subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Human Nutrition may also be studied in a combined degrees program with a:

Bachelor of Exercise Science