Dietetics

Why study Dietetics?

Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health. They have a key role in the management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergy and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. You will gain practical experience in clinical and other dietetic environments and study chemistry, human biosciences, public health, research, food science, nutrition and dietetics.

Career opportunities

There is a growing demand for dietitians in Australia and overseas. Graduates are prepared for work in a range of fields including private practice, patient/client care in hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, community nutrition and public health, food service management, research, teaching and training, management, writing, media, marketing, public relations and the food industry (including product development, food regulation, safety, consumer nutrition education and nutrition marketing).

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice

Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 93.25
Year
2015
Course description
This combined degree prepares you to work as a dietician through both theoretical knowledge and professional experience. You'll graduate with the skills you need to work in a diverse range of areas, from counselling patients to developing food products to optimise sports performance.

Your first year includes a range of health and human bioscience subjects as well as chemistry and food fundamentals, paired with electives in your area of interest. In second year, you'll deepen your scientific knowledge through subjects in biochemistry, nutrition and disease, physiology, and how food functions in society.

In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings through more than 100 days of professional placement. This comprises 60 days in medical nutrition therapy (managing individual cases), 25 days of community or public health nutrition and 25 days of food service management.

You'll study with staff who are paving the way in dietetics and nutrition research. They include Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, a renowned researcher in the area of Mediterranean diet for metabolic health, and Dr Sue Shepherd, one of the world's leading experts in gastrointestinal nutrition and the founder of the Low FODMAP Diet, which has revolutionised the management of irritable bowel syndrome.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
After graduation, you may work in hospital patient care or in private practice. You could also specialise in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, or go into research, food regulation and safety, product development, nutrition promotion or public relations.
Professional recognition
The degree will be submitted to the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) for accreditation. Once accreditation is finalised, you'll graduate with eligibility for full membership of DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian program.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$20 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in this course, plus A$150 for a kitchen chemistry and safety kit, A$10 for a name badge, A$15-30 anthropometry kit, and A$15-20 for a hospital access card.. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$20 - $400. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC to start this course in 2015. Year 12 students can also apply through our Aspire Early Admissions Program to receive a conditional offer as early as September.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Applied Science/Dietetic PracticeMelbourne

Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 73.35
Year
2015
Course description
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, to prepare you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

Over three years, you'll study the value of food and the importance of assessing the right food choices through food chemistry and nutritional bioscience studies.

The first two years focus on human biosciences and foundations in nutritional science, such as food chemistry, nutrition and disease. In third year you focus on food science, nutrition through the lifecycle and nutrition research methods. You can study a major in human physiology, genetics, microbiology or biochemistry, or choose subjects in public health and other disciplines.
Career opportunities
Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist. This course also provides prerequisites for entry into postgraduate courses, including those professionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Business equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel - may also apply.
How to apply
Apply through VTAC to start this course in 2015. Year 12 students can also apply through our Aspire Early Admissions Program to receive a conditional offer as early as September.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Human NutritionMelbourne

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Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2015

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice (083317C/071313F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
28 390
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This combined degree prepares you to work as a dietician through both theoretical knowledge and professional experience. You'll graduate with the skills you need to work in a diverse range of areas, from counselling patients to developing food products to optimise sports performance.

Your first year includes a range of health and human bioscience subjects as well as chemistry and food fundamentals, paired with electives in your area of interest. In second year, you'll deepen your scientific knowledge through subjects in biochemistry, nutrition and disease, physiology, and how food functions in society.

In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings through more than 100 days of professional placement. This comprises 60 days in medical nutrition therapy (managing individual cases), 25 days of community or public health nutrition and 25 days of food service management.

You'll study with staff who are paving the way in dietetics and nutrition research. They include Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, a renowned researcher in the area of Mediterranean diet for metabolic health, and Dr Sue Shepherd, one of the world's leading experts in gastrointestinal nutrition and the founder of the Low FODMAP Diet, which has revolutionised the management of irritable bowel syndrome.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS (75%) PG2a) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least two As including an A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - 93.25
International Baccalaureate - 35
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
MICSS (UEC) - 2.5
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 85
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG/MVG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 9
Indonesia (SMA) - 9
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.6
WASSCE - 3
Mayatom (Thailand) - 3.4
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Two of Biology, Chemistry, Year 12 Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$20 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in this course, plus A$150 for a kitchen chemistry and safety kit, A$10 for a name badge, A$15-30 anthropometry kit, and A$15-20 for a hospital access card.. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$20 - $400. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change.
Professional recognition
La Trobe University will be submitting the degree to the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) for accreditation. Once accreditation is finalised, graduates will be eligible for full membership of DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian program.
Career opportunities
After graduation, you may work in hospital patient care or in private practice. You could also specialise in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, or go into research, food regulation and safety, product development, nutrition promotion or public relations.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Applied Science/Dietetic PracticeMelbourne

Bachelor of Human Nutrition (075872J)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 910
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, to prepare you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

Over three years, you'll study the value of food and the importance of assessing the right food choices through food chemistry and nutritional bioscience studies.

The first two years focus on human biosciences and foundations in nutritional science, such as food chemistry, nutrition and disease. In third year you focus on food science, nutrition through the lifecycle and nutrition research methods. You can study a major in human physiology, genetics, microbiology or biochemistry, or choose subjects in public health and other disciplines.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe Melbourne's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe Melbourne's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Academic entry requirements
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies - 75
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2014 (indicative only) - 73.35
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - ABB
STPM - 9.33
MICSS (UEC) - 4
Canada Secondary School (or CPU) - 70
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
WASSCE - 5
Mayatom (Thailand) - 2.7
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Two of Biology, Chemistry, Year 12 Mathematics or Physics.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel - may also apply.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist. This course also provides prerequisites for entry into postgraduate courses, including those professionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Career opportunities
Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
Human NutritionMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Dietetics placements

You will undertake supervised professional placements in a variety of dietetic workplaces, including clinical environments such as hospitals; community care, food service and advocacy. The third and fourth years of the course include a substantial component of professional placement.

Alternative pathways

If you have completed part or all of an undergraduate degree at another university, apply through VTAC for entry into the first year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Dietetic Practice. If you have completed the first year of another course in our faculty, you may apply to transfer into the course.

We also offer a two-year graduate entry Master of Dietetic Practice.

Dietitian versus nutritionist?

The difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist

In Australia, there is a distinction between the occupations of dietitian and nutritionist and only those who have completed a recognised course in dietetics can be employed as a dietitian.

Nutrition science involves the role of nutrients in growth, development, health and well-being in humans and animals. Nutritionists apply their knowledge of nutrition science and other sciences such as physiology and biochemistry to promote health and well-being.

A dietitian is also considered a nutritionist because they have studied human nutrition. In addition, dietitians have done specialised studies and supervised professional placements in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, evidence-based practice and food service management. These studies qualify a dietitian to assess nutritional status, make nutritional diagnoses, and implement and monitor nutrition management plans.

For more information on practising as a dietitian, see the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences or focus on staff in Dietetics.

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