Master of Dietetic Practice
Dietitians have a key role in the nutrition management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergies and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. Once you have graduated, you will work in all areas of dietetics, including in hospitals, private practice, community health and the food industry.
Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in a health or science related area, completed within the last five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Subject prerequisites in the Bachelor's degree or postgraduate course, or taken as single subject (non-award) studies are:
- Two full semester subjects of human physiology at second year tertiary level or higher
- Two full semester subjects of biochemistry at second year tertiary level or higher
- Two full semester subjects of human nutrition science at any tertiary level.
Note: Each subject must be equivalent to at least 0.125 Effective Full-time Study Unit (EFTSU). Prerequisite subjects specified to be at second year tertiary level or higher must be at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 6 or higher or equivalent.
Biochemistry studies must have included fundamentals of molecular biology, protein structure and function, cellular metabolism and regulation, energy and macronutrient metabolism.
Physiology studies must have included systemic physiology and/or pathophysiology, including homeostatic mechanisms and at least six of the following eight systems: body defences (immune system), gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems.
Nutrition science must have included macronutrients and micronutrients (food sources, metabolism, storage and function), principles of energy balance, nutrient analysis of foods and aetiology of nutrition-related diseases.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Graduates may find work in all areas of dietetics, including patient/client care in hospitals, private practice, sports associations, community nutrition, and public health and food service companies. Dietitians also work in research, teaching and training, management, writing, media, marketing and public relations.
The Master of Dietetic Practice has provisional accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Graduates of the Master of Dietetic Practice may apply for membership with the DAA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
$33,400 per 120 credit points.
Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. A kitchen chemistry and safety kit will cost approximately A$120. A National Police Check will cost approximately A$15.50 per year, and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional placements in clinical and community settings in this course.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
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