Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition

Learn about nutrition in a broad context with a Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition at Deakin University. Start your career by enrolling today.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year, please refer to course structure below

Campuses

This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode Cloud (online)

Course information

Learn about nutrition across many interesting contexts from metabolic studies and food science to social and behavioural nutrition.

This course allows you to explore areas such as nutritional physiology and biochemistry, nutritional requirements, food composition, and the social, cultural and economic aspects of nutrition.

Designed as a postgraduate introduction to nutrition, this course draws from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and sociology.

Students looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Careers website to ensure the elective units they select will meet their career development needs.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition students must attain 4 credit points. All four 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory).

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Students must enrol in the Cloud offerings of all units

Trimester 1

  • Principles of Nutrition HSN701 (also available in Trimester 3)
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology HSN749
  • Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN702
  • Essentials of Food Science HSN735
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    H511
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Workload

    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    The minimum entry requirement to this course is completion of a three year bachelor degree or postgraduate degree in any discipline or equivalent qualifications from an approved university or other educational institution, or at least three years relevant professional experience.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    Not applicable

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

    • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
    • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Professional recognition

    Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

    As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers. Please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia website for further information or queries about registration.

    You can find additional careers information about this course here

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply key principles, concepts and evidence-based knowledge of nutrition and health to nutrition related health problems.

    Communication

    Select and use appropriate modes of communication to obtain and share evidence based nutrition knowledge.   

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to analyse and interpret nutrition information, and to share knowledge, skills and ideas.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and synthesise information and problems in nutrition, to inform high level independent judgements.

    Problem Solving

    Apply best practice and evidence to identify problems and generate practical solutions to a range of nutrition issues.

    Self-management

    Employ personal accountability and demonstrate effective work practices, responsible judgement, adaptability to new situations and responsibility as a nutritionist. 

    Teamwork

    Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in relationships with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance nutrition sciences.

    Global Citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, within diverse contexts in nutrition sciences.

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

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    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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