Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition

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  • Qualification:
    Graduate Certificate
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year full-time
  • Start date:
    2 intake dates each year - enquire today!
  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Nutrition Advisor | Nutrition Counsellor | Nutrition Assistant |

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Course Rundown

Take the first step towards your new career working in nutrition and health with this online Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition course from Deakin University. 

A part-time, online course with a broad range of units available, this course is the ideal starting point for a student seeking a career change, or looking to formalise existing experience with academic study.  

A holistic qualification grounded in a broad range of related scientific fields, this course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to work in nutrition. 

You’ll learn about the role of nutrition and diet in health, and consider broader intersections, including biology, social and political considerations as they relate to health. With a broad range of subjects available, you’ll be able to try a variety of areas of nutritional health, in order to best understand your interests and abilities and plan your next career step. Delivered entirely online and part-time, this qualification adapts to your lifestyle and advances your career without taking over.

If you like working with people, have a scientific mind and want to use your skills to help others, a career in nutritional science is for you – and it starts with this course.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher; OR
  • Have two years of relevant work experience; OR
  • Demonstrate evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

English language proficiently requirements also apply.

In this nutrition course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Academic integrity
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Biochemistry and physiology for human nutrition
  • Lifespan nutrition

Elective subjects:

  • Diet and disease
  • Public health nutrition
  • Nutrition promotion
  • Food, nutrition and behaviour
  • Food policy and public health
  • Sports nutrition
  • Systems thinking in public health nutrition
  • Obesity prevention
  • Postgraduate nutrition practicum
  • Nutritional issues from early childhood to adolescence
  • International nutrition
  • Nutrition for healthy ageing
  • International perspectives in food and nutrition


Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition from Deakin University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in the nutrition industry, including working as a nutrition assistant or coach, in community health, or in health policy and programming. 

This course offers a pathway to the Master of Human Nutrition from Deakin University, providing a compelling pathway to an exciting and rewarding career contributing to and advancing our understanding of good health and nutrition. 

Curious about where a career in nutrition could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The estimated cost for this course is $14,300.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees. Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you! 

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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