Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science – 174JA

University of Canberra

Get a taste for the science of nutrition Learn more about human physiology, biochemistry and how nutrition affects the human body from a social, biochemical, disease and life cycle-oriented context with a UC Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition course. In this course, you will study a diverse range of subjects that will give you a deeper understanding of human nutrition while offering a clearer understanding of what health-related study options are available to you moving forward. This course is perfect for students from a broader health science background looking to specialise in nutrition science, or those looking at entering the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics program and need additional pre-requisites to gain access. This course also offers an alternative exit pathway for students who commence the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics but due to lifestyle or career changes, choose not to complete the degree. Get a taste for nutrition science. Register for the UC Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition course today. Study a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition at UC and you will: develop knowledge, skills, and attitude to examine health within the framework of nutrition. understand the application of food in a social, pathophysiological and biochemical health context. cultivate critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and apply evidence-based approaches to address a nutrition-related health issue. demonstrate expert communication skills to transfer complex nutrition knowledge to a variety of audience. develop autonomy and self-direction in progressing your learning and professional development. gain the necessary scientific background and specific knowledge and skills to address concepts and opinions relating to human nutrition. identify the links between diet, health, and disease at different life stages. discuss ways to improve the delivery of nutritional information. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Depending upon your chosen academic pathway you may have additional opportunities to participate in dietetic placements (Master of nutrition and dietetics) or research (e.g., Honours, Ph.D.). Career Opportunities A graduate diploma in nutritional science is a foundation course that opens a variety of future career and study options for students. Successful completion of this course will allow students to either progress to further study or move into any one of the following career pathways: nutritionists health promotion officers project Officer or Research Officers nutrition consultant Or opens opportunitites to work in any of the following industries: fitness industry cooking industry community, state or government media industry NGO and NPO sector Potential advanced academic pathways: Study a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics and go on to register as a dietitian with the Dietitian Association of Australia and open higher research pathways such as Ph.D., MPhil. Professional recognitions: This course establishes eligibility for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) as a nutritionist. Course-specific information Students must have a recognised undergraduate degree in science or a related field, have completed biology and chemistry, and have some knowledge of introductory statistics.

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 072530M
Institution Name University of Canberra
Campus Location UC - Canberra, Bruce
Institution Type University
Course Duration N/A
Course University University of Canberra

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