Dietetics and human nutrition

It is an exciting time to study and research in the area of food and nutrition. Almost everywhere you look these days people are interested in and talking about food and nutrition. At La Trobe University the Dietetics and Human Nutrition team offer a range of study and research opportunities. Undergraduate on-campus study includes the Bachelor of Human Nutrition and the combined Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Dietetic Practice. Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Nutrition have the opportunity to study a one-year research Honours program. For off-campus, online study, the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition run through Open Universities Australia is available. Postgraduate on-campus study includes the Master of Dietetic Practice and in research the Master of Applied Science or Doctor of Philosophy.

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 .

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.

Nutrition and Dietetics Research at La Trobe

Within the Dietetics and Human Nutrition Discipline at La Trobe University, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of communities through food and nutrition, with contemporary academic education, innovative and translatable research and leading-edge partnerships.

Our strength lies in our breadth of methodological research skills and cross-disciplinary collaborations. We have strong links with health services, medical schools, sports groups and industry partnerships.

The research our discipline focuses on ranges from fundamental research through to translation science and falls under the following themes:

  • Food, culture and communities
  • Clinical nutrition therapy
  • Chronic disease prevention and management
  • Food and performance
  • Nutrition through life

For available graduate research scholarship opportunities please see our scholarships page.

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