Human nutrition


Sort the fact from fiction to understand the complex ways nutrition supports health. Our courses draw on a cross-section of disciplines, including food science, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and sociology.

International study tours: from Hershey's in the US to organic farms in the Netherlands
Postgraduate nutrition courses: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere

Career opportunities

Following your study you'll have the knowledge to pursue a career in the diverse field of nutrition or to enhance and complement work in other health or related fields.

Career fields include:

  • corporate nutrition
  • food and retail industries
  • health journalism, media and communication
  • health programs with local councils
  • research institutes or universities
  • schools and community health centres
  • state and federal health departments
  • state, local government and community settings.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

In my undergrad, I completed nutrition and psychology major streams as I wanted to know the thinking behind people's food choices.



Study and learn from home

Fit your studies around your work and lifestyle commitments. The postgraduate nutrition course is taught via Deakin’s Cloud Campus, requiring no physical attendance for ultimate flexibility.

Webinar: Study postgraduate human nutrition

Do you have a passion for food and nutrition? Are you looking to expand your health expertise? Find out about the impact of food on the human body and the role of nutrition in the health sector.

Research with us

Do your research with one of the best faculties in Australia. We have six relevant strategic research centres to assist you, including the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

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Our research partners

While researching at Deakin, you'll have access to our industry and public-health research partners. These include:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dairy Australia
  • Diabetes Australia – Vic
  • Disability Sports Victoria
  • Food Australia
  • Geelong Football Club
  • Heart Foundation
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.


As a graduate of human nutrition from Deakin, you may be eligible for registration as an associate nutritionist through the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Following three years of relevant work experience, associate nutritionists are able to apply for registered nutritionist status.

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If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in human nutrition, we'll help get you there.

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