How many health stars do you look for when buying food? What do you wish you could change about the health and nutrition of our society?

Human nutrition involves the science of food production and processing, the nutrient composition of foods, the interaction of nutrients with our biochemical and physiological make-up, and the impact of diet on health and disease.

After studying a major in Human Nutrition, you’ll be well-placed to apply for a graduate degree in dietetics, to qualify you as a dietitian.

Studying human nutrition is also a great first step towards careers in food manufacturing, public health or food policy. Or, with further study, you could pursue a career in teaching health or science.

When you take this major together with a track of subjects in a related field, you’ll be eligible for registration as a Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

This major can be completed through the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]


  • Career Outcomes

    This major will open up career opportunities in areas including the food industry, public health, or food policy and regulation. With further study, you could consider a career as a dietitian or secondary teacher ofscience or human health and development.

    In the food industry, a broad range of roles may be suitable, including product development, consumer affairs, and food law compliance, all of which require extensive knowledge of the science of human nutrition, as well as policy and practice at the population level.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Qualifying as a dietitian

    Follow this major with a Master of Dietetics degree for professional accreditation as a dietitian.

    Note that different Master of Dietetics degrees have different prerequisites, some of which will be additional to the subjects in this major. If your goal is to move onto one of these courses, be sure to do your research and plan your undergraduate course accordingly.

    Graduate degrees

    You can complete an honours year, or you can immediately move into graduate studies.

    If you wish to continue your studies at graduate level, this major is a great lead-in to many specialist science and health degrees. Graduate degrees you could consider include:

    •          Doctor of Medicine
    •          Master of Biomedical Science
    •          Master of Public Health
    •          Master of Science (BioSciences)
    •          Master of Teaching (Secondary).

    Depending on the subjects you take in your undergraduate degree, a range of other graduate degrees may be possible – in fields as diverse as science and technology, health sciences, teaching, law, business, humanities and more.

    Graduate research

    If you complete an honours year or a masters course with a significant research component, you can go on to study a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), or another graduate research program.

    This will set you up for a rewarding career in research with a university, research institute, hospital or company.