Nutrition and dietetics

One of the most important factors in our personal health is the food that we eat. Getting the right nutrition for our lifestyle can improve our wellbeing and help prevent or control many common health problems. Dietetics is the science of how food and nutrition affects human health.

Our discipline is dedicated to improving health and wellbeing through research and education. We have a proud track record of training leaders in nutrition and dietetics for more than four decades, with our contemporary and future-focused courses tackling the big and complex issues in food and nutrition.

You will be taught by staff with extensive industry experience in areas that include sports nutrition, health promotion, childhood obesity, Indigenous health, food science and research. Close links with industry ensure our curriculum is relevant and meets accreditation requirements, so our graduates can meet the demands of the changing healthcare environment.

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science allows you to explore career opportunities and develop a unique skill set by choosing electives in complementary areas such as business, digital media, sport and exercise, or biosciences. The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) is an accredited program that will allow you to provide therapeutic advice to individuals and groups.

Our students gain practical experience through  QUT Health Clinics, which provides interdisciplinary healthcare for local communities and families. The Nutrition and Dietetics Clinic provides students with a safe and supportive learning environment to apply their clinical skills and develop professional competencies for their transition to the real world, under the supervision of Accredited Practising Dietitians.

QUT has offered an industry accredited program for more than 40 years

Career paths

Nutritionists focus on food and nutrition issues that affect population health. They are employed in many areas and industries, and do diverse activities such as analyse the food supply to improve food access for communities, work on government policy that influences eating behaviours, and develop new ways to promote healthy lifestyle choices to prevent diet-related disease within communities.

In Australia, an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is the recognised credential for dietitians to hold to work with individuals and groups for the nutritional management of disease, as well as for the planning, assessment, and management of foodservices. Dietitians often work alongside other health professionals in hospitals, private practices and community health settings delivering individualised medical nutrition therapy, dietary counselling and group dietary therapy. APD's can also work in roles as nutritionists. Our Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) course is accredited by Dietitians Australia, with graduates eligible to apply for the APD credential.

Nutritionist

Nutritionists often work in government, educational facilities, the food industry, health agencies, corporate environments and community groups. They are skilled to work in roles that include public health and community nutrition, chronic disease prevention, health and wellbeing, Indigenous health, marketing, and product development.

Possible careers include:

  • Community Health Officer
  • Community Nutritionist
  • Educator
  • Nutritionist
  • Public Health Officer

Dietitian

Dietitians are qualified to work in community and population health roles as nutritionists, but are also credentialed to use their advanced knowledge in the science of food and nutrition to prescribe dietary treatments and advice on food preparation and menu planning, to treat issues such as food intolerances, allergies and health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Dietitians are also credentialed to assess and provide advice to foodservices to assure the adequacy of food provision for groups of people.

Accredited Practising Dietitians:

  • provide nutrition therapy to clients in hospitals, private practice, community health centres and nursing homes
  • consult or work within the food industry on product development and marketing
  • prepare nutrition education resources for industry, schools and communities
  • manage hospital foodservices
  • plan, assess and provide advice in the provision of food for services including residential aged care
  • work with communities in developing and implementing programs to improve access to healthful food
  • develop food and nutrition policies for government and non-government organisations
  • plan diets for sports performance as a dietitian for a sporting team.

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