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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.

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Unit set overview



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

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

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  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduates, Tristan Schwartzkopff and Amber Harland discuss some of the best things about studying this course at ECU, including the great facilities and the work placement opportunity.

  • Health Science student Shona Halleen, who is majoring in Nutrition, talks about her course and why she chose to study at ECU.

  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduate, Jayde Sedgman talks about her role as a sports dietitian working with the Fremantle Football Club, and what she enjoyed about studying at ECU.

  • Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics Therese O'Sullivan's research into dairy products for children has received global attention.

  • "Practical experiences, including the placements really helped shape where I wanted to go for a meaningful career."

  • Associate Dean of Public Health and OHS and Professor of Public Medicine Amanda Devine is working to develop education resources about healthy food and drinks for kids.

Student stories

Reearna Morgan

Reearna Morgan

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Health Promotion majors) graduate

"I'm so grateful I was able to do a practicum placement - it was significant to my success and led to paid employment."

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.