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Nutrition Major


This major complements many other disciplines and is suited to students who aspire to be employed as a community or corporate nutritionist offering general nutrition advice, for employment in public health and health promotion roles.

The major provides practical science-based knowledge about nutrients and the non-nutrient substances in food, the assessment of nutritional status, nutritional needs during the lifecycle, community nutrition issues, the psychology and sociology of food habits, and current controversies in nutrition. Students undertaking this major should undertake a second major in Health Promotion, Addiction Studies or Occupational Safety and Health.



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online


Students can apply for membership with Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Graduates, who complete this nutrition major within a science degree, are eligible to apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia's Register of Nutritionists.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUT1121Human Nutrition15
NUT1111Food and Nutrients15
NUT1112Nutrition and Public Health15
NUT2210Nutrition in the Life Cycle15
NUT2220Nutritional Assessment15
Plus 3 units from:
NUT3215 ^Exercise Nutrition15
NUT3231 ^Food Habits and Trends15
NUT3221 ^Community Nutrition15

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad human nutrition knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical health and nutrition science situations.
  2. Communicate health and nutrition science knowledge and uphold values in a range of community and professional contexts.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy and accountability for own learning and self-reflective professional practice.
  4. Demonstrate global perspectives and diverse cultural competence.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate health and nutrition science solutions.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex health and nutrition problems.
  7. Use digital technologies, numeracy and food literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social, sustainable and ethical nutritional and health science values.

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Community Nutritionist, Corporate Nutritionist, Research Nutritionist, Sports Nutritionist, Child Health Nutritionist, Health Promotion Nutritionist, Health Lifestyle Nutritionist, Aged Care Nutritionist

This Major can be studied in the following courses


"I'm so grateful I was able to do a practicum placement – it was significant to my success and led to paid employment."
Reearna Morgan
Reearna MorganBachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Health Promotion majors) graduate

I chose Nutrition and Health Promotion as I was interested in the idea of helping people become aware of how easy healthy eating could be and empowering vulnerable populations to make healthier choices.

The lecturers were engaging, knowledgeable and most importantly approachable, and I felt comfortable asking for help when I needed it.

The highlight of my degree was the practicum placement I undertook. I was able to use my knowledge in a practical setting and it kick-started my career, which led to a number of amazing opportunities. I am so grateful I was able to do a practicum placement as it was significant to my success and it led to paid employment.

Following on from this, I landed my dream job at Foodbank WA. This wouldn't have been possible without help from my lecturers and the practicum placements that ECU offers.

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