Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and Dietetics are two separate but overlapping fields of study. Human nutrition combines the study of food choice and consumption, the digestion and metabolism of food into nutrients and the effect that nutrients have on our physical, social, mental and environmental wellbeing.
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Dietetics focuses on the application of food and nutrition knowledge in assisting individuals, groups and populations to change their food choices and dietary intake to help treat disease and improve health.
The Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics offers undergraduate studies in Human Nutrition, and postgraduate coursework studies in Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as research projects for Masters and Doctoral degrees.
Bachelor of Human Nutrition
The Bachelor of Human Nutrition provides students with strong scientific knowledge of the human sciences. Subjects include human physiology, biochemistry, nutritional science, food science and psychosocial factors influencing eating behaviours in maintaining health and wellbeing. Graduates of the degree work in nutrition education, food regulation, research and in the food industry, or may seek entry to our two year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics to become qualified as a Dietitian.
Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours)
The course is designed to offer an opportunity for students with a major in Human Nutrition to refine their interest in food and nutrition, provide further employment opportunities within the field of food and nutrition, in particular the areas of food science, nutritional genomics and public health nutrition and/or explore the possibilities of higher research degrees. The course provides a clear pathway for students keen to enrol for higher degree awards by research and to prepare them to gain entry to these degrees by strengthening their knowledge and research skills through supervised independent study and research work. The aim is to induct groups of students into a research-rich culture.
There is also a four year double degree in Nutrition and Coaching Science for those interested in working in the field of sports nutrition.
Graduates of nutrition and nutrition science degrees from recognised institutions can apply to continue their nutrition studies at the postgraduate level. Our Graduate Diplomas are programs aimed at enhancing studies in food and nutrition or nutritional science for those who wish to go on to further studies or research in this field. We also have the Master of Nutrition and the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, Graduates of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics are recognised as Dietitians and the course is accredited with the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Certificates & Diplomas
- Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition
- Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition
- Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science
Master of Nutrition
The Master of Nutrition degree prepares students for a variety of health related careers, including government departments, community health, food industry or higher education. The Master of Nutrition provides students with an advanced program in nutritional science and public health. The range of nutrition and food-related subjects provides for a diversity of graduates from biomedical and nutrition sciences to develop a program of study tailored to their professional development needs. This includes graduate level nutrition subjects, advanced specialist nutrition subjects, including epidemiology, community and public health nutrition, and research. There is also an opportunity for students of the Master of Nutrition degree to undertake practical experience in a workplace setting. The course can be studied full-time (2 years) or part-time (4 years).
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics produces graduates who are eligible to be Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs). APDs provide individuals and groups with dietary advice to manage particular diseases or promote health to communities and populations. This course prepares graduates for work in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, government departments and the food industry. The course can be studied full-time (1.5 to 2 years) or part-time (4 years).
Additional requirements for Nutrition and Dietetics
All students in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course are required to complete 24 weeks of full-time clinical education in a range of settings including clinical (hospital), community or public health and food service. Students must undergo a Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience in community health or hospital settings. All students are also required to present an immunisation history and must have all immunisations completed prior to commencing clinical experience.
Applications for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics require the standard UC application form as well as the supplementary form and two references. Applications close on 30th October every year. For more information please refer to the Information for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Course below.
- Master of Nutrition & Dietetics
- Supplementary form for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (221Kb PDF)
- Supplementary form for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (2.6Mb RTF)
- Information for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Course(250Kb PDF)
- Information for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Course (1.2Mb RTF)
For information on requirements relating to registration of health professionals in Australia or recognition of prior qualification from an overseas institution please use the following link: http://daa.asn.au/membership-of-daa/
The Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Canberra aims to contribute to Best Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics through the combined research efforts of their academic staff.
The academics conduct research aimed at increasing applied knowledge in Nutrition and Dietetics. Current projects range from:
- the area of medical nutrition therapy – asking questions such as 'How many hospital patients are malnourished?'; to
- public health nutrition – asking questions such as 'What does a socially sustainable food system look like?'
We welcome graduates of nutrition degrees at UC or elsewhere to apply to undertake higher degrees by research on our projects.
The Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics is engaged with the community in several ways. Staff are professionals in their area (Accredited Nutritionists or Accredited Practising Dietitians) and contribute to the work of professional organisations (Nutrition Society of Australia and The Dietitians Association of Australia). Staff liaise with community organisations in organising student placements and projects.
The Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts a student-led clinic on the UC campus, providing dietary advice to members of the community at a fraction of the cost of a usual consultation through supervised students of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Select from our staff below for their biographies, qualifications, publications, grants and awards.