The Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition is a 36-unit full-time coursework program which is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition is offered only as an alternative award for students currently enrolled in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics who choose not to complete that program.
Entry to the Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition is by transfer from the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics. To be eligible to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition, students must have successfully completed at least 18 units of Year 1 of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics program.
The Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition is a one year postgraduate course which offers an alternative study pathway for students who commence the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics but elect not to complete that degree. It ensures that such students are not disadvantaged and can complete a postgraduate qualification which can lead to careers in such areas as nutrition, public health, health education or health promotion. Students who complete this degree will not be eligible to be full members of the relevant professional body and thus will not be recognised to practise as a dietitian.
At the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition, students are expected to:
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to analyse and synthesise nutrition issues.
- Reflect critically on theory and professional practice in order to arrive at innovative and creative solutions to nutrition practice challenges.
- Demonstrate proficiency in various aspects of communication and the ability to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences. Demonstrate autonomy and selfdirection in strategically managing her/his own learning and professional development
Program of study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition a student must complete 36 units with a grade of NGP or P or better in each topic, according to the following program of study. Topics completed satisfactorily in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics will be credited to the Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition.
Core - Year 1 topics
NUTD9160 The Nutrition Care Process (4.5 units)
NUTD9161 Communication and Nutrition Counselling (4.5 units)
NUTD9167 Food Service and Professional Practice (4.5 units)
Plus 22.5 units of elective topics selected from the following:
A maximum of 13.5 units of the following topics
MHSC8111 Managing Chronic Conditions: Self-Management Support Approaches (4.5 units)
MHSC8112 Implementing Change in Healthcare Systems Supporting Chronic Condition Management (4.5 units)
MHSC8114 The Persons Experience of Self-Management (4.5 units)
PHCA9501 Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing (4.5 units)
PHCA9507 Health Promotion in Public Health ( 4.5 units)
PHCA9510 Leadership and the New Public Health (4.5 units)
PHCA9516 Introduction to Cancer Prevention (4.5 units)
PHCA9518 Food Democracy for Public Health Practice (4.5 units)
The balance of topics from the following list, to make up the 22.5 units of elective topics
NUTD9111 Nutrient Role and Function (4.5 units)
NUTD9145 Independent Studies in Nutrition (4.5 units)
NUTD9163 Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (9 units)
NUTD9166 Food Studies and Skills (4.5 units)
NUTD9225 Independent Studies in Nutrition (9 units)
NUTD9226 Public Health and Community Nutrition (4.5 units)
Other topics may be approved at the discretion of the course coordinator.
Except with the permission of the Dean (Education), the course must be completed within two consecutive years or, where credit has been granted for previous work, a period determined by the Board.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University Policy on Student Progress.