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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, and work on policy and research to improve health outcomes.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Functional Foods and Nutrition is structured to provide you with key insights into fundamental areas of nutrition science including health information and determinants for well-being, basic nutrition (chemistry and biology) and food as complementary medicine. On completion of this course, students may be eligible to articulate to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science is a pathway into postgraduate studies for Dietetics, Public Health and Functional Foods. Graduates of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science will be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge of nutrition and health, and will be well suited to careers in areas such as health education and counselling, community engagement and development, health service planning , food policy and regulation, and many more areas.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Nutrition Science

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.
Launceston CRICOS 098361J

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Bachelor of Health Science with Honours

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Launceston, Online CRICOS 058513G

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Make Tasmania your classroom.

Learn to understand the food security of Tasmanians.

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

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees


At the University of Tasmania, we'll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Diploma of University Studies: Health Sciences

Study options

Dietetic Pathway

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).

Public Health Nutrition

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 and Health

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.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Nutrition Science (300 credit points)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

Core units (100 credit points)

You’ll complete eight units of core knowledge to learn the underpinning principles of nutrition science.

Choice of major (100 credit points)

You’ll choose a major area of study made up of eight units. This will develop your specialised knowledge in a particular nutrition science discipline.

Elective units (100 credit points)

These eight units will allow you to select units to further expand your knowledge across the health care sector.


Year 1

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B
  • Health: Determinants and Analysis
  • Human Nutrition
  • Plus two units from your chosen major
  • Plus two elective units


Year 2

  • Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutrition and Disease
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing
  • Plus two units from your chosen major
  • Plus two elective units


Year 3

  • Four units from your chosen major
  • Four elective units

Career outcomes

Starting a food revolution on campus

Margaret McGowan is helping students eat healthier.

Read more about Margaret's story

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 wellbeing initiatives within the community.

You can also move into postgraduate studies in Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Professional Recognition

Nutrition Society of Australia has a voluntary system of registration for nutritionists. Applicants undergo a rigorous assessment to confirm their qualifications and experience before they are granted registration.

Study Experiences

From the canteen to the community

Raquel wants to help create healthier kids and communities.

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Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.