Nutrition

Promote and improve healthy food choices in the community.  The School of Public Health has been training and educating highly employable nutrition graduates for 25 years. In addition, the School of Public Health has strong state government and industry links which help to ensure graduates have extensive hands-on experience in the working life of nutritionists.

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What is nutrition?

Nutrition is the science of how the human body obtains and uses nutrients from food for maintenance, growth and renewal of body tissues necessary for life.

Nutrition is one of the newest biological sciences and its study integrates basic science, such as biochemistry and physiology, with the latest research findings in nutrition in order to understand how the human body uses nutrients from foods to sustain life. Highly trained professionals in nutrition are needed to provide expert advice on the nutrition, safety and health benefits of foods for individuals, the community and the food industry.

What does a nutritionist do?

Nutritionists advise individuals and the community about food choices for a healthy and nutritious diet. Nutritionists do this by using their extensive knowledge of the nutritive value of foods, the important nutrients required by the body at different stages of development, and the role of nutrients and diet in health and the prevention of disease. Nutritionists can be involved in the delivery of public health nutrition programs to communities and can also research the role of nutrients and dietary patterns in health and disease.

Career Opportunities

Nutrition graduates may find careers in Australian or overseas as a public health nutritionist, nutritionist, research assistant, or a project officer. They are found working in health agencies, community food groups, the food industry, educational institutions, in the government. Most graduates undertake an additional year of study in order to provide a clear career path. The most common postgraduate courses are in health promotion, dietetics, food science, research or education.

“Having dual qualifications in Nutrition and Health Promotion has given me the change to work in some amazing areas in Australia, and overseas, with some fantastic people and experiences and these are the qualifications that I, and many other team leaders, now look for when recruiting staff to public health nutrition positions.”

Kym Blechynden, Nutrition Graduate