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Key details

Duration

4 year/s full-time
8 year/s part-time
4 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
Onshore - Semester 1, Semester 2
Offshore - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

320

Course code

HHSNT1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Be qualified to pursue a diverse career in health, focusing on how food and nutrition impacts the health of individuals, families, communities and industry.

Our combined Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Nutrition degree prepares you for roles in food research, dietetic studies, food and health policy, or individual or community nutrition strategies, and public health.

In addition to online studies, you will complete 100 days of work-integrated learning mastering supported, relevant practical projects in food service, nutrition communication, as well as a nutrition project and research.

Our Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Nutrition graduates find work in nutrition-focused areas such as food and nutrition policy, food industry, community health organisations, acute care settings, or in public health and health promotion.

Our Health Science/Nutrition course offers international study opportunities and welcomes both First Nations and international students with dedicated support services on hand to support you through your degree.

Professional recognition

As a graduate of our Health Science/ Nutrition degree you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as an 'Associate Nutritionist' with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). After 3 years of relevant work experience, you are eligible to apply for accreditation as a `Nutritionist'. You may also apply for for membership with the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $30,240.00. This equates to $3,780.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

Our Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Nutrition degree comprises 320 credit points, is delivered internally and externally and includes 100 days of work-integrated learning during the final three semesters, supported by our academics. Unique project opportunities exist in the Northern Territory's local, rural and remote areas as well as flexible options to complete projects in other locations.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
 Bachelor of Health Science Core Units
 (20 units)
 200cp  Compulsory Core units totalling 200 credit points as detailed below.

 SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021)
 SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
 SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
 SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021)
 SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A
 SWK102 Communication Skills
 PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140 2022)
 HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
 HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 HSC203  Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
 HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
 HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 MAN204 Project Management
 SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies
 HSC312 Global and Environmental Health 
 HSC318 Rural and Remote Health
 PHM301 Exploring Public Health
 SPE320 Nutrition and Health
 SWK312 Social Research Methods

 Master of Nutrition Core Units
 (11 units)
 120cp  Compulsory Core units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below.

 PHM526 Research Design
 NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science
 NUT502 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle
 NUT503 Food Science, Technology and Food Services (WIL)
 NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment
 NUT505 Public Health Nutrition
 NUT506 Nutrition and Disease
 NUT507 Nutrition Communication (WIL)
 NUT508 Nutrition Assessment and Dietary Methodologies
 NUT601 Nutrition in Practice (includes Practical)
 NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (includes Practical) (20 cp)

  320cp Total Credit Points

 

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2022
PSY140 has been replaced by PSY150. Students that have completed PSY140 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY150.

Course Changes - 2021

Please note the following course structure changes:

  • MLS245 Medical Biochemistry has been replaced by SBI150 Cellular Biology. Students who have already completed MLS245 do not need to complete SBI150.
  • HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health has been replaced by HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction. Students who have already completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
  • NUT508 Nutrition Assessment and Dietary Methodologies has been added as a Master of Nutrition core unit.
  • PHM553 Biostatistics has been removed and is no longer required.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140) CO HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only) CO
Year 2
MAN204 Project Management CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A CO HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021) CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science CO
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) CO NUT502 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle CO
NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment CO NUT503 Food Science, Technology and Food Services (WIL) CO
Year 4
PHM526 Research Design CO NUT506 Nutrition and Disease CO
NUT508 Nutrition Assessment and Dietary Methodologies CO NUT505 Public Health Nutrition (External only) CO
NUT507 Nutrition Communication (WIL) CO NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (20 cp) CO
NUT601 Nutrition in Practice CO

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 

Legend: CO = Core Unit

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI182 Microbiology and Immunology (replaces SBI173 from 2021) CO
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A (replaces PSY140) CO HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only) CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
Year 3
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245 from 2021) CO SBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological Studies CO
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science CO
SPE320 Nutrition and Health (External only) CO NUT502 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle CO
MAN204 Project Management CO NUT503 Food Science, Technology and Food Services CO
Year 4
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO NUT505 Public Health Nutrition CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO NUT506 Nutrition and Disease CO
PHM526 Research Design CO NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (20 cp) CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO
Year 5
NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment CO

 

 
NUT507 Nutrition Communication CO    
NUT508 Nutrition Assessment and Dietary Methodologies CO    
NUT601 Nutrition in Practice CO    

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of at least 5.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 147.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program or the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or other recognised tertiary preparation course of at least 12 months duration.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

If you are undertaking a course with clinical or fieldwork placements you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing clinical/fieldwork placements. A national and/or international police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake clinical/fieldwork placements.

The majority of health facilities will require you to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificate as you progress to placements in the Master of Nutrition.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 58 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 94 with no score less than 22 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
7 88.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 8 101.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Bachelor of Health Science:Master of Nutrition
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104691
590180
Online (CSP)
104691
590180
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101038

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