Human Nutrition

The major in Human Nutrition prepares people for careers in a multitude of areas including the food industry, government regulatory authorities, dietetics and secondary school teaching, as well as a pathway to higher degrees in nutrition research and many other health related fields.

The major in Human Nutrition prepares people for careers in a multitude of 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 is structured to optimise acceptance into Masters of Dietetics at universities within Australia and to qualify students for registration within the Nutrition Society of Australia’s Voluntary Register of Nutritionists. Some first and second year subjects are prerequisites for final year major units and other agriculture, food, biochemistry and physiology subjects are recommended depending on what emphasis students wish to have in their Human Nutrition major.

  • Career Options

    After completing a Human Nutrition major, students may go on to graduate study in the Master of Biomedical Science or the Master of Food Science. Other pathways include the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) Master of Biotechnology or the Doctor of Medicine. The right prerequisite subjects are required to become a doctor.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Students with a Human Nutrition major can follow academic, research or applied science careers in hospitals, universities, research institutions and biotechnology laboratories. Graduates may consider careers in scientific imaging, museums, publishing, science journalism and the public service, or work as research assistants, sales representatives, health consultants, occupational health and safety managers, and managers in companies supporting health and research..

    Honours
    Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

    Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
    For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.

    Research Higher Degrees
    For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.

    MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.

Sample Course Plan

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Human Nutrition Major

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST10011
Experimental Design & Data Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
LING10002
Intercultural Communication
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
THTR10019
Clear Speech and Communication
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
FOOD20003
Food Chemistry, Biology &
Nutrition
MGMT20001
Organisational Behaviour
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
FOOD20008
Food, Nutrition and Health
MULT20011
Communicating Science and Technology
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
NUTR30003
Lifestage Nutrition
NUTR30002
Monitoring Food and
Nutrient Intake
MULT30014
Leading Change in a Complex World
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
NUTR30004
Advanced Topics in Nutrition
NUTR30001
Nutrition, Policy and
Public Health
MGMT30018
Business Communication

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects