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Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year part time
Deakin course codeH511

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Course overview

This course is designed to be a postgraduate introduction to nutrition in a multidisciplinary context. It includes relevant material from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.


Students looking to align their units of study with a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science Careers website to ensure the units they select will meet their career development needs.

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’ as the criteria for eligibility is a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in nutrition or equivalent. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. For details about the registration process, please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia website.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course consists of four credit points completed as: two core units plus two electives. Both electives must be selected from the nutrition elective list included in the course structure.

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Course structure

Trimester 1

HSN701 Principles of Nutrition  *


Trimester 2

HSN702 Lifespan Nutrition  


Elective units

Trimester 1

HSN703 Diet and Disease  

HSN705 Public Health Nutrition  

HSN709 Sports Nutrition  

HSN713 Food, Nutrition and Behaviour  

HSN735 Trends and Innovation in Food Science  


Trimester 2

HSN706 Food Policy and Public Health  

HSN708 Nutrition Promotion  

HSN719 Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment  

HSN734 Obesity Prevention  

HSN746 Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence  


* Unit also available in Trimester 3 2015


Trimester 3

HSN701 Principles of Nutrition  

HSN715 Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies  (offered alternate years in 2016, 2018)

HSN738 International Nutrition  (offered alternate years in 2015, 2017)

HSN743 Nutrition for Healthy Ageing  


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