Dietetics involves the study of those medical aspects of disease which have a dietary component in prevention or treatment. It is concerned with the science and art of providing medical nutrition therapy and public health nutrition programs for individuals and groups differing widely in economic, social, psychological and physiological conditions.
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The Master of Dietetics is a postgraduate-level, four-semester professional training program that builds on your undergraduate skills and knowledge in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition. This training will provide graduates with the competencies in tackle the dietary management of disease, promote health through public health nutrition programs and improve the nutrition quality of a range of food services.
The dietetics program in the School of Public Health has developed strong links with the profession of the years and provides extensive practical experience which helps ensure graduates are ready for the workforce. Our graduates have many interests and are prepared to obtain employment in hospitals, aged-care facilities, community and population health units, non-government organisations and private practice.
Dietitians study the medical aspects of diseases that have a dietary component in prevention or treatment. The field is concerned with the science and art of providing medical nutrition therapy and public health nutrition programs for individuals and groups differing widely in economic, social, psychological and physiological conditions. Dietitians are recognised members of a health team in areas such as hospitals, aged care, community and population health organisations. They also work in food service, the food industry, research teams and private practice. Employment opportunities are available throughout Australia, particularly in rural areas, and are very competitive.
The School of Public Health has been graduating dietitians for 40 years for the Australian market and 20 years for Singapore and other overseas countries. Our graduates find employment in a wide range health and food related industries. See our graduate stories below for a snapshot of the opportunities a degree in dietetics can provide you.
In November 2015, our new Master of Dietetics was granted accreditation by the Dietitians Association of Australia as part of the quality assurance processes of the professional association. Graduates from accredited courses are eligible for full membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Accredited Practicing Dietitian program.
(Please note: Curtin’s previous one year Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics had full accreditation status until May 2016).
“Curtin University provided a fantastic study environment and excellent networking opportunities. I found the degrees very challenging and the staff were always trying to get the best out of their students[...]I have met a lot of great friends through this degree. Dietetics is a challenging and rewarding job; I highly recommend it as a career! My advice to future students is the experience you gain through university sets you up for the workforce so make the most of it!...”