Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition

Course summary for current students

Year

2016 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

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

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 eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

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

HSN735Essentials of Food Science

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN719Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research

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 2017, 2019)

HSN743Nutrition for Healthy Ageing

HSN750Nutrition Research Project Part A

HSN760Unit description is currently unavailable