Human nutrition

Why study Human nutrition?

Nutritionists help translate nutrition science to the lay public and advise the community about good food choices for healthy eating. To do this, nutritionists consider the nutritive value of foods, the nutrients bodies need at different stages of development, and the role nutrients and diet play in health promotion and disease prevention.

Nutritionists also work in research: for example developing new food products, or examining the relationships between nutrients or dietary patterns and disease. However, they do not help treat disease through nutrition - this is the role of dietitians. This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of human nutrition, as preparation for careers in various fields related to the promotion of health and nutrition at individual and community levels. 

We also offer a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice.

Human Nutrition at La Trobe

Career opportunities

Graduates will have a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, as preparation for careers in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. Graduates may work as advisers to the food industry, sports clubs, government, research, non-government organisations and the biotechnology and health education industries.

Courses

Local students

2016 - apply now

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent May be completed in less than three years with enrolment in more than two study periods per year
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR:
Online n/a
Year
2016
About this course
The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition aims to give you a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, and prepare you for a career in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. You'll study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and social and public health aspects of nutrition. When you complete the course, you may self-register with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist.
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.
Prerequisite
To be eligible for entry into this course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Successful completion of two of the four open enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102.
- A Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*.
- A minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English).

* Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.
Fee amount
Fees are paid per unit. An up-to-date listing of unit fees for full-fee paying and Commonwealth Supported students can be accessed from Open Universities Australia.
Additional information
This subject is delivered via Open Universities Australia. All enrolment and application enquiries should be directed to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page at Open Universities Australia.

Open enrolment (i.e. no entry requirements) is available for four units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102. Successful completion of two of these four units meets the entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

Open Universities Australia offers four study periods each year. Subjects run for 12 weeks with study periods commencing in March, June, September and December.

Refer to the La Trobe University Handbook Entry for the course structure.
How to apply
Enrol in single subjects and apply for entry to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition at the Open Universities Australia Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Food and NutritionOnline

2017

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. This course may be completed in less than three years with enrolment in more than two study periods per year.
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR:
Online n/a
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition aims to give you a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, and prepare you for a career in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. You'll study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and social and public health aspects of nutrition. When you complete the course, you may self-register with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist.
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.
Prerequisite
To be eligible for entry into this course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Successful completion of two of the four open enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102.
- A Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*.
- A minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English).

* Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.
Fee amount
Fees are paid per unit. An up-to-date listing of unit fees for full-fee paying and Commonwealth Supported students can be accessed from Open Universities Australia.
Additional information
This subject is delivered via Open Universities Australia. All enrolment and application enquiries should be directed to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page at Open Universities Australia.

Open enrolment (i.e. no entry requirements) is available for four units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102. Successful completion of two of these four units meets the entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

Open Universities Australia offers four study periods each year. Subjects run for 12 weeks with study periods commencing in March, June, September and December.

Refer to the La Trobe University Handbook Entry for the course structure.
How to apply
Enrol in single subjects and apply for entry to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition at the Open Universities Australia Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
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Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 66.75
Year
2017
About this course
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, preparing 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 lab coat ($30) and a dissecting kit ($40). These can be purchased anywhere and remain the students' personal property.

Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel may also apply.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Human NutritionMelbourne

Bachelor of Human Nutrition - Hallmark Program

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 90.3
Year
2017
About this course
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, preparing you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

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

You will also join the La Trobe Hallmark Program, an elite undergraduate research program for high-achieving students. As a Hallmark student, you will complete a special sequence of subjects designed to develop your leadership and research skills alongside your degree in human nutrition. In addition, you will receive mentoring support and a scholarship valued at AUD$10,500 over four years, enabling you to undertake an international study tour, work with students and researchers from a diverse range of study areas and an Honours year.

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.

Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, 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.

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.
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.
Additional information
Applicants interested in applying for this course are also encouraged to consider applying for our 'Human Nutrition' degree. Hallmark program
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Human Nutrition - Hallmark Program Melbourne

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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

2017

Bachelor of Human Nutrition (075872J)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, preparing 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) 2015 (indicative only) - 65.85
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - ABB
STPM - 9.33
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
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
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.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a lab coat ($30) and a dissecting kit ($40). These can be purchased anywhere and remain the students' personal property.

Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel may also apply.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
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
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.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

A range of flexible elective options enables students in the Bachelor of Human Nutrition to participate in La Trobe's student exchange program.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

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 College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Human nutrition.

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