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.


Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

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Start dates: OUA Study Period 1 (March), OUA Study Period 2 (June), OUA Study Period 3 (August), OUA Study Period 4 (November)

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 – subject to approval.

Master of Applied Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Shepparton

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)See additional information

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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