Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Why study human nutrition and/or dietetics?

Nutritionists help translate nutrition science to the lay public and advise the community about food choices for healthy eating. To do this, nutritionists consider the existing evidence-based research, nutritive value of foods and the bodies needs at different stages of development for health promotion and disease prevention.

Dietitians apply the science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health. They play a key role in the management of disease and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, malnutrition, food allergies and intolerances. Dietitians also play a key role in nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy.

In Australia, there is a distinction between a dietitian and nutritionist. Graduates from the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Bachelor of Food and Nutrition are eligible to apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist. Only those who have completed a recognised course in dietetics, such as the Master of Dietetic Practice can be employed as a dietitian and register as an Accredited Practising Dietitian with Dietitians Australia .

Courses

Find out more about our courses on the Dietetics and Human Nutrition courses page or by looking at the specific courses below.

Bachelor of Nutrition Science

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science has been carefully designed to give you a thorough understanding of food and nutrition science where 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 the social and public health aspects of nutrition.

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition is a fully online degree delivered in partnership with Open Universities Australia. During the degree, students will study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and the social and public health aspects of nutrition.

Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours)

The Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Honours) allows you to enhance essential employability skills or take your first step to a career in research, academia and beyond. Graduates will gain a deeper understanding of research theory, design and practice principles. Students will apply their knowledge and research skills by undertaking an original research project under the supervision of staff from La Trobe's Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition to produce evidence-based solutions.

Master of Dietetic Practice

The Master of Dietetic Practice provides graduates with a background in individual case management, clinical dietetic practice, community and public health nutrition and food service management, with a focus on evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics. Teaching in the last 18 months takes place in a range of sites. Placements are located throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria and in some cases, you may have the opportunity to take a placement interstate.

Our staff

The team in Dietetics and Human Nutrition bring a wealth of experience in food and nutrition research as well as expertise in a wide range of dietetic practice areas including clinical, community and public health, food service management, writing, consulting and media. The Dietetics and Human Nutrition team are experienced academics who are committed to providing a great learning experience for students.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Bachelor of Food and Nutrition will equip you to work in a wide range of roles and careers required knowledge of nutrition, individual and population health, food intake analysis, food policy, nutrition for disease prevention and product development including food quality and safety. Graduates can perform a range of roles including advocacy, nutrition promotion and policy, nutrition media and quality assurance.

Graduates from the Master of Dietetic Practice are prepared for work in a range of fields including private practice, patient care in hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, community nutrition and public health, food service management, research, teaching, public relations and the food industry.