Postgraduate coursework

Master of Nutrition and Population Health

A Master of Nutrition and Population Health at Deakin will draw content from related disciplines such as biochemistry and food science.

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Key facts

Duration

1 - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

This is an advanced course in human nutrition which draws content from related disciplines such as public health, food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.

Throughout the course you will develop advanced knowledge of human nutrition, an understanding of the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition, and skills that will enable you to practise effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Nutrition and Population Health students must attain 16 credit points. All units are equal to 1 credit point completed over five trimesters of full-time study and/or part-time equivalent undertaken in campus mode of study. All units are core units (these are compulsory). There are no elective units.

Key information

Award granted
Master of Nutrition and Population Health
Year
2018 course information
Deakin code
H748
CRICOS code
092729G
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
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 9.

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:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Additional course information

Delivery of course content will be flexible and all unit content will be available in CloudDeakin; learning modules will consist of recorded cloud concepts available in CloudDeakin. Learning activities in each unit will be further supported by face to face learning activities with academic staff.

All units within this course structure are core and all will include the required 22 hours of on-campus study. The on campus delivery methods will vary by unit but include either of the following:

  • Addition of 2 hours per week of seminars to the existing learning experiences
  • Intensive interactive workshops across the trimester.

These on campus learning activities complement the existing high quality cloud delivered learning experiences which include the use of video, articulate storylines, screen captures and videonote already established within these units.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

Each unit will require 11-13 study hours per week that may include some or all of the following: guided learning with online learning resources, participation in Blackboard Collaborate (online seminars), individual study, research of the nutrition literature, learning activities in the workplace, assessment activities and participation in CloudDeakin discussions. Each unit will be further supported by face to face learning activities on campus with academic staff.

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
$28,600 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 the first year of this course. 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 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

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

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

As a graduate of this course, you will find opportunities in a wide range of nutrition positions in government departments, non-government organisations, community sector agencies, food industry and private consulting.

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 food and nutrition and health knowledge from a range of perspectives.

Communication

Select and use a variety of engaging communication modes to disseminate knowledge to individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations and health professionals.

Digital Literacy

Select and use appropriate technologies to source, understand, evaluate, and communicate information to professional networks and communities.

Critical thinking

Source and critically analyse the food and nutrition literature to apply an evidence-based approach to the field.

Problem Solving

Identify and apply practical solutions to a range of changing and complex food and nutrition and health issues.

Self-management

Employ self-directed, reflective work and learning practices in a responsible manner to professionally contribute to food and nutrition sciences.

Teamwork

Work collaboratively as part of interdisciplinary teams with a range of stakeholders to advance the field of food and nutrition sciences.

Global Citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of, and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in food and 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.

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Entry pathways

If you have a bachelor in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a Bachelor (Honours) in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline following a Bachelor degree in a different discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points).  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline following a bachelor degree in a different discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).

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Duration of H748 will be 8-16 credit points based on past experience and qualifications, recognition for prior learning will be assessed on a case by case basis. A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A 'same discipline' award for this course is any tagged Bachelor degree (min 3 years) or Bachelor degree (min 3 years) with a major sequence in science, health sciences, nutrition, food science, exercise science, biomedical science, medicine, allied health or nursing.

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

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

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