Nutrition Science

Nutritionists provide advice on food and its impact on health. Employed across community healthcare settings, they have the expertise to provide evidence-based consultancy services. Studying Nutrition Science will prepare you for a variety of careers, including health education, teaching, and public health.

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Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Wide range of career opportunities

Open up career pathways in Nutrition, Public Health and Dietetics

Make a positive impact

Understand food security and work to build healthier communities.

Help build better communities

Have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our community through evidence-based nutritional advice

Study options in this degree

A major is an area of focus in your degree. During your studies, you’ll choose an area that interests you, and then study a group of units related to that area. Find out more at What is a Major?

This pathway will allow you to study units which align to the prerequisite requirements for application to postgraduate programs including a Master of Dietetics or a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics in Australia. If you are interested in working with individuals or larger populations, this major will help you understand why and how the foods we eat impact on our health and wellbeing.

Along with foundation nutrition science units, this major prepares you to understand the reasons why many health conditions have poor eating practices at their core, and provides an evidence-base for appropriate nutrition in chronic disease prevention. As a graduate of the dietetic pathway major, you may be eligible for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) and, after further completion of relevant work experience, as a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr).

The focus of this major is on the prevention of diet-related disease and the promotion of optimal nutrition and health in populations. Whether you are interested in working at the grass-roots community level or on the global stage, this major will provide you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to protect and improve the health of communities.

This major provides a pathway to the Master of Public Health at the University of Tasmania, and a career in public health and health advocacy, working with government, non-government organisations, industry, and community groups. As a graduate of the public health nutrition major, you may be eligible for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) and, after further completion of relevant work experience, as a Registered Public Health Nutritionist (RPHNutr).

Functional foods are foods and beverages with ingredients that have evidence for providing beneficial effects on human health. The focus of this major is on developing practical and theoretical knowledge of the functional food industry from a nutrition and evidenced-based health perspective. Advances in technology and research are influencing food production practices resulting in human nutrition innovations that change the variety of food available to the consumer with health benefits.

This major provides students with knowledge of the chemical composition of foods and their biological effects on the human body. Students will develop skills that prepare them to work in food science, health, supplement and nutrition industries, and government and regulatory agencies.

Further study options

The Public Health Nutrition study option provides a pathway for postgraduate study, please visit Public Health for further information.

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

On graduation you’ll be ready to undertake an exciting career in the health sector. Your career could range from working alongside professional athletes and providing training and programs, to delivering health and well-being initiatives within the community.

You'll be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge of nutrition and health, such as health education and counselling, community engagement and development, health service planning , food policy and regulation, and many more areas.

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science is also a pathway into postgraduate studies for Dietetics, Public Health and Functional Foods.

Nutrition Science skills are in high demand. Here are some of the careers projected to grow into 2025.^



Predicted job growth to 2025


Weight Loss Consultant:
Future Demand

National Skills Commission -
2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)


Future Demand

National Skills Commission -
2021 Skills Priority List (June 2021)

^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

Study experience

Three majors. Three careers. Take five with a nutrition scientist

Now with three majors, offering three possible career routes, we had a chat with Dr Matt Sharman, who is the lead academic in nutrition science, as well as the senior lecturer and course coordinator about how to choose your major.

What major to choose

Student story

Starting a food revolution on campus

Margaret McGowan is helping students eat healthier.

“I’ve loved it here in Tassie. I can escape to nature easily when I need a break from study and the culture at the Launceston campus is extremely supportive".

Read Margaret's story