Master of Human Nutrition

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Human Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH714

Course is under review and may be subject to change.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This is an advanced course in human nutrition which draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.
 
Throughout the course you will develop:

  • advanced knowledge of human nutrition and the complexity of current issues relating to food and human health;
  • an understanding of the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition;
  • skills that will enable you to practise effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings including the food industry, public health nutrition, private practice and business environments; and
  • skills in evaluating the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

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.

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

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

Course rules

This course requires completion of 12 credit points - two core units and ten electives. Eight of the ten electives must be from the list of electives below. Up to 2 credit points may be chosen from approved postgraduate units offered by any faculty of Deakin 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.

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

HSN735Trends and Innovation in Food Science

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN719Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN741Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum

HSN746

Nutritional 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

 

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