Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition

Course summary for current students

Year2014 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition
Deakin course codeH616

For continuing students only. From 2015 this course is an exit point only from H714 Master of Human Nutrition.

Course sub-headings

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.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The course consists of 8 credit points completed as: 6 core units (1 credit point each) and 2 electives (two 1 credit point units or one 2 credit point unit, 2 credit points in total). The 2 electives may be chosen from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the Course Director).

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HSN701Principles of Nutrition

Trimester 2

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

Elective units

Trimester 1

HSN703Diet and Disease

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN709Sports Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

HSN727Advanced Public Health Nutrition

HSN735Essentials of Food Science

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN719Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN741Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum

HSN746Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence

HSN751Nutrition Research Project Part B

Trimester 3

HSN701Principles of Nutrition

HSN715Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies (offered alternate years in 2016, 2018)

HSN738International Nutrition (offered alternate years in 2015, 2017)

HSN743Nutrition for Healthy Ageing

HSN750Nutrition Research Project Part A

HSN760International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition