Food, nutrition and dietetics

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With increasing community interest in food, nutrition and health, there’s a real demand for specialists across a range of industry sectors. At Deakin you’ll gain the sought-after knowledge and skills required to work in this rapidly growing industry.

 

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Intrigued about the scientific links between food, nutrition, human health and disease prevention? Whether it’s sports nutrition or health sciences you’re interested in, turn your curiosity into a career with an industry-leading qualification from Deakin. Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into the development of our courses, cementing our reputation as true leaders in this space. Combined with extensive fieldwork and placement opportunities, you’ll graduate highly skilled and work-ready.

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Get access to our respected industry partners

You'll experience hands-on learning with placements through our industry partners. Plus, you'll gain insights from our unique focus on teaching and research in both food and nutrition.

Professional recognition

As a graduate you'll be eligible for membership to and professional recognition from the key professional organisation, e.g. Dietitians Australia, Accredited Practising Dietitian program and Nutrition Society of Australia.

Strong links to industry

You'll get access to our numerous placement partnerships with respected teaching hospitals, as well as our partners in preventive healthcare and our food industry partners.

Research excellence

We have collaborative relationships with numerous industry partners, hospitals, clinics and healthcare centres, including Dairy Australia, Vic Health and Diabetes Australia.

I chose to pursue nutrition and dietetics at Deakin because of its reputation for delivering a holistic, well-rounded education.

Sophie Jamieson

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (Honours) and Master of Dietetics

Gain real-world experience in health

Our courses offer extensive placement opportunities, so you can gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners, to ensure you graduate work ready. For example, in the final year of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, you can enhance your employment prospects and consolidate your knowledge and skills by undertaking at least 75 hours of placement within the Food and Nutrition Practicum unit. The practical experience you’ll complete is a core feature of this course, and all of our coursework programs, and sets you apart from other graduates. You also have the opportunity to experience nutrition science from an international perspective by choosing an elective study tour unit International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition.

A unique focus, unlike any other university in Australia

Our focus on teaching and research – in both nutrition and physical activity – sets us apart. This could give you the edge to help create groundbreaking research.

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Careers in food and nutrition

Learn about the vital role of food and nutrition in human health and disease prevention, and discover how you can follow your passion for food and nutrition into a variety of careers.

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Get an experience at Deakin that is like no other. Join us to see for yourself why our students have voted us #1 for student satisfaction in Victoria for 12 years running^.

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^Year on year, our undergraduate students are the most-satisfied students of all Victorian universities. Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2021 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).