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Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH616

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Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition provides the opportunity to learn about nutrition in a broad context ranging from metabolic studies and food science to social and behavioural nutrition. It will enable you to understand and learn to apply knowledge in the areas of; the physiological basis of nutrition; nutritional requirements; the nature and composition of foods and food groups; nutritional assessment; and social, cultural and economic aspects of nutrition.

This course provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, thus giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. 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.

This course also provides a pathway for application to the Master of Human Nutrition (H714) which enables you to further your studies to enhance your employment prospects and/or research skills in nutrition.

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

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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 eight credit points, completed as: two core units and six elective units. At least four of the six electives must be chosen from the Nutrition elective list (below). Up to 2 credit points may be chosen from approved postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to approval by the course director).


For students completing both a postgraduate human nutrition course (H511, H616 or H714) and the Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition (H517), a maximum of 2 credit points of credit for prior learning can be shared between both awards.

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Course structure

Core units

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  

HSN727 Advanced Public Health Nutrition  

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  

HSN741 Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum  

HSN746 Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence  

HSN751 Nutrition Research Project Part B  


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  

HSN750 Nutrition Research Project Part A  

HSN760 International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition  


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