The major in Human Nutrition will prepare graduates for careers in areas including the food industry, government regulatory authorities, dietetics and secondary school teaching (the latter two requiring further qualifications), as well as a pathway to higher degrees in nutrition research and many other health related fields. Basic sciences underpin this major, which connects the science of agriculture, to food production and processing, the nutrient composition of foods, the interaction of those nutrients with our biochemical and physiological make up and the impact of diet in general on health and disease at the individual and population level. The major may also form a pathway into Masters of Dietetics at universities within Australia. Completion of the Nutrition Major will qualify students for registration within the Nutrition Society of Australia's Voluntary register of nutritionists. Students completing the major may be eligible to apply for Honours in Human Nutrition.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to demonstrate:
- A broad knowledge of human nutrition and the interactions between nutrients and the human physiology and biochemistry.
- Capacity for scientific reasoning, problem solving and research skills to enable data collection, investigation and application of the key scientific processes and technologies related to nutritional science
- Capacity to integrate, synthesise and apply prior learning from the course to real-world problems
- A broad knowledge of the need for a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving
- Ability to communicate scientific, technical and management concepts to diverse audiences with differing cultural backgrounds
- Capacity to evaluate the major nutritional challenges impacting on human health and disease, and the role of nutrition research in addressing these challenges
- Ability to apply food and nutrition survey information to understanding global issues in malnutrition
- Professional values and an ability to work with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, giving and receiving feedback
Last updated: 15 September 2023