Bachelor of Science - Nutrition / Bachelor of Science - Health Promotion

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

This double degree concurrently develops expertise in the areas of nutrition and health promotion. With increasing emphasis being placed on preventing disease using sound nutrition, this combination of skills is ideal for positions where health promotion skills are frequently required and are considered highly desirable, such as government health departments and other agencies involved with the prevention of chronic disease. It is particularly relevant for jobs in government health departments and in community agencies involved with health related areas such as alcohol and other drugs, injury control, disease control, heart disease prevention, cancer control, road safety, research, sponsorship and community development and capacity building. Students enrolled in the double degree program may elect to transfer to a single degree course in one of the two disciplines. In this event, the relevant Head of School shall determine the amount of credit to be transferred to the single degree.

Structure

The course contains Core Units Only.

Subjects

  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition

Standard entry requirements

Prerequisites: Chemistry 3A/3B. Desirable: Mathematics 2C/2D. Applicants for this course should refer to the Faculty website for more information on Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance.

Recognition

Graduates are eligible for full membership of the Australian Health Promotion Association and Public Health Association of Australia and to apply for associate membership as an accredited nutritionist with the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Study pathways

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bentley - main campus International: $146,000
  • ATAR: 88
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Increasing problems surrounding the prevention of obesity and improving nutrition for vulnerable groups, such as Indigenous people, are driving the need for a specially trained workforce with a combination of health promotion and nutrition skills. Graduates can apply for positions such as public health nutritionists, community nutritionists, nutrition coordinators, and health promotion and project officers. The career opportunities for a double degree graduate are different from those of a hospital or community dietitian who would work with individuals or groups of people to help treat or manage diseases, such as diabetes or cancer. Employment is typically found with state departments of health and non-government organisations such as the Cancer Council and National Heart Foundation. Other employment opportunities are with the federal government, divisions of general practice and local government.

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