The Bachelor of Health Sciences Nutrition major is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.
This major aims to educate professionals who are able to:
- apply scientific principles of nutrition with other health sciences to promote health & prevent illness in communities & individuals
- integrate knowledge and skills of nutrition with other health sciences to promote health & prevent illness in communities & individuals
- contribute to the development of social, ethical and culturally sensitive solutions to complex health problems for the benefit of society.
by completion of the course, students are expected to have:
- obtained the knowledge, skills & attitudes to undertake quality nutrition practice in a range of settings
- developed independent learning and reflective practice skills to allow capacity for self-evaluation and management that is strategic and focuses on quality nutrition practice
- the skills to practice in a changing work environment in which accountability at the individual & organisational level is becoming increasingly important
- obtained an understanding of the principles of primary health care and the impact of social, political, economic, environmental & cultural factors on food choice & the health of individuals, families & communities
- understood the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to the promotion of nutritional health & well-being
- understood the importance of a commitment to nutrition promotion through lifelong learning
- the ability to promote informed & critical questioning & thinking.
Program of study
To qualify for the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nutrition major) a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with the permission of the Course Committee, a student may not proceed to higher year core topics unless they have satisfactorily completed the previous year's core topics.
Core - Year 1 topics
27 units comprising:
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)
HLTH1305 Australian Healthcare System(s): Concepts and Controversies (4.5 units)
HLTH1306 Contemporary Health Issues in Australia (4.5 units)
NUTD1105 Food Systems (4.5 units)
NUTD1106 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health (4.5 units)
Plus one of:
HLTH1004 Human Bioscience (4.5 units)
HLTH1304 Interpersonal and Interprofessional Communication (4.5 units)
Plus one of:
CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)
CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
BIOL2771 Biochemistry (4.5 units)
HLTH2102 Indigenous Health for Health Sciences (4.5 units)
MMED2931 Human Physiology (4.5 units)
MMED2932 Integrative Human Physiology (4.5 units)
MMED3933 Biochemistry of Human Disease (4.5 units)
NUTD2101 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle (4.5 units)
NUTD2102 Food Products and Preparation (4.5 units)
NUTD2105 Individual, Social & Environmental Perspectives on Food Consumption (4.5 units)
Core - Year 3 topics
36 units comprising:
HLTH1003 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care (4.5 units)
HLTH2101 Critical Social Analysis of Health (4.5 units)
HLTH2106 Project Management for Health Promotion (4.5 units)
HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods in Social Health Research (4.5 units)
HLTH3105 Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research (4.5 units)
NUTD3101 Fundamentals of Nutritional Epidemiology (4.5 units)
NUTD3102 Nutrients Role and Function (4.5 units)
NUTD3107 Public Health and Community Nutrition (4.5 units)