Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition

Postgraduate coursework

Study a postgrad Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition and learn a broad range of content from metabolic studies to behavioural nutrition.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Learn about the composition of food and explore the social, cultural and economic aspects of nutrition with the Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition. Take your new skills into the community to provide nutrition advice that make a real difference to the lives of people you work with.

Ready to inspire positive change through evidence-based nutrition?

A history of teaching and research excellence, world-class facilities, pioneering academics and a long list of industry partners make Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition one of the leading human nutrition courses in Australia. The course attracts high-achieving students from a broad range of sectors. It caters for those looking to turn their lifelong passion for nutrition into sustained career growth, as well as professionals from other areas of health who want to enhance the quality of their care with expertise in human nutrition.

To truly understand the connection between nutrition and health, you’ll draw on studies from a variety of related disciplines, such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, public health and politics. Combining this knowledge allows you to examine nutrition from different angles, which is particularly beneficial when providing advice to audiences from diverse backgrounds. Better still, everything you learn is evidence-based, giving you the confidence to combat the dissemination of nutrition misinformation.

A highlight of the course is having the freedom to choose up to four elective units. This allows you to create a degree built for you and your unique career goals. Some of your elective unit options include:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Food Policy and Public Health
  • International Nutrition
  • Diet and Disease

If you’re looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway, you might like to visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' careers website to ensure the elective units you choose meet your career development needs. This course can also be used as a stepping stone into the Master of Human Nutrition, and includes four core units from the masters program.

While the course is conveniently offered on our premium online learning platform, there are many opportunities to engage in practical learning. During the course you can:

  • go on an international study tour to gain a global perspective of food and nutrition
  • leverage the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences’ extensive list of industry partners to secure work and placement opportunities
  • develop your practical research skills with a nutrition research project.

There is growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health, and as a result there are increasing demands from the public for reliable, evidence-based 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’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers. Please refer to the NSA website for further information or queries about registration.

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Course structure

The course consists of 8 credit points completed as: 4 core units (1 credit point each) and 4 credit points of elective units listed below. You may choose to undertake 2 electives from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the Course Director) and 2 electives from the elective units listed below.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

4

Compulsory units

4

Elective units

8

Total

Core units

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Principles of Nutrition (also offered in Trimester 3)
  • Biochemistry and Physiology for Human Nutrition
  • Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Essentials of Food Science
  • Elective units

    Trimester 1

  • Diet and Disease
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition Promotion
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Nutrition Research Project Part A
  • Trimester 2

  • Food Policy and Public Health
  • Systems Thinking in Public Health Nutrition
  • Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum
  • Nutritional Issues from Early Childhood to Adolescence
  • Nutrition Research Project Part B
  • Trimester 3

  • Principles of Nutrition
  • Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research
  • International Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Healthy Ageing
  • Nutrition Research Project Part A
  • Research Practice in Human Nutrition
  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition (next offered Trimester 3 2019)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H616
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    Trimester 2 - July

    Trimester 3 - November

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Applicable only to students undertaking practicum units, who will therefore require a Working With Children Check. Not mandatory for all students.

    Workload

    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning principles are embedded within all units. A Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum unit is also available for students to elect to undertake. Specifically designed Careers modules are available on the Course specific cloud Deakin site.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    The minimum entry requirement to this course is:

    • completion of a three year bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate in any discipline from an approved university or other educational institution or equivalent qualifications

    OR

    • at least three years relevant professional experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As the prevalence of global health issues like obesity, malnutrition and mental illness grow, so too has the public’s interest in the relationship between nutrition and health. As a result, there are increasing demands for health professionals who can provide reliable, evidence-based nutrition advice. So much so that jobs in nutrition are expected to grow 17.6% by 2023*.

    As a graduate of this course, you will have the practical skills, knowledge and real-world experience to take advantage of this demand. You can confidently enter the role of a nutritionist, nutrition promotion officer or nutrition consultant, and explore roles across a variety of sectors including:

    • the food industry
    • state and federal health departments
    • NGOs with a focus on nutrition
    • news and media
    • education
    • private business.

    You will be trained to provide dietary advice in community settings. And you’ll be equally as comfortable working on large-scale nutrition campaigns that impact the health and wellbeing of whole populations.

    * Australian Jobs 2019, Department of Jobs and Small Business

    Professional recognition

    There is growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health, and as a result there are increasing demands from the public for reliable, evidence-based 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’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers. Please refer to the NSA website for further information or queries about registration.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced and integrated knowledge of nutrition and health to nutrition related health problems.

    Communication

    Select and use appropriate modes of communication to obtain and share evidence based nutrition knowledge.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to analyse and synthesise complex nutrition information and problems, and to interpret and share knowledge, skills and ideas.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information and problems in nutrition, to come to well-reasoned conclusions.

    Problem Solving

    Apply best practice and evidence to identify problems and generate and evaluate practical solutions to complex nutrition issues.

    Self-management

    Employ high level personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability to new situations, effective work practices, and responsibility as a nutritionist.

    Teamwork

    Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in relationships with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance nutrition sciences.

    Global Citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, within diverse contexts in nutrition sciences.