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 only offered as an alternative study path for students currently enrolled in The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Admission requirements

This award is only available for students who are currently enrolled in The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students from Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics will only be eligible for transfer into The Bachelor of Human Nutrition after successful completion of Years 1 and 2 and after completing at least 24 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in Year 3. Transfer must be approved by the program coordinator. Students will be granted credit for completed units.

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
  • obtained an understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to the promotion of nutritional health and well being;
  • obtained an understanding of the scope and potential of the discipline of nutrition
  • obtained and understanding the importance of a commitment to The Nutrition discipline including individual and collective professional development
  • the ability to promote informed and critical questioning and thinking.

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 the following program of study.

Core - Year 1 topics

 BIOL1102  Molecular Basis of Life  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1304  Communication for Health Practitioners  (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)


 CHEM1202  Chemistry for the Life Sciences  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units of option topics from the Option - Year 1 & 2 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 elective topics from the Option - Year 1 & 2 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)
 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 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 9 units of NUTD Year 3 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics topics specified above, Year 3 may include other topics of relevance to the practice of nutrition, subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator.

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.