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Nutrition and Food Science

The study of nutrition and food science is based on and integrated with the sciences of biochemistry and physiology. Nutritionists advise individuals and the community about food choices for a health diet. Graduate nutritionists and food scientists typically undertake a further year of study to specialise in a professional area, including dietetics, research, food science and technology or teaching.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science

(Nutrition and Food Science)

Careers include

  • Nutritionist
  • Food Scientist
  • Dietitian (on completion of postgraduate studies in dietetics)

Your Nutrition and Food Science Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science).


Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Human Body
  • Mathematics 1

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Health & Health Behaviour
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Culture & Health

Specialist Units (Nutrition)

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Food & Nutrition Principles
  • Foundations of Biomedical Science
  • Reactivity & Function in Chemistry

Nutrition and Food Science Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Health and Health Behaviour

Students will explore the environmental, social, cultural, psychological and biological factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations. Perceptions of health, illness and disability and how these shape health decision making will be discussed. Consideration of how theories of health behaviour can be applied to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing. Students will work inter- professionally to identify the key principles influencing health and health behaviour required to deliver safe, high quality client and community centred services.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Nutrition and Food Science Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Biological Chemistry

This unit will provide you with skills in chemistry of relevance to
biological systems. It will provide you with an understanding of chemical bonding, enabling prediction of properties within matter. It will strengthen your skills in chemical reactions and numeracy. This unit introduces some chemical measurement techniques of relevance to biological systems. It will illustrate the role of functional groups in controlling the function, behaviour and reactivity of organic molecules, focusing on application to biological molecules.

Food & Nutrition Principles

Background to the study of nutrition and food science. Australian food and nutrition system, sustainability and security. Global and Australian public health nutrition priorities and strategies. Factors influencing food habits. Past and present Australian food habits. Introduction to food sources and metabolic functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and the recommended dietary intakes for these nutrients. Introduction to nutritional status measurement and nutritional standards of reference. Collection, analysis and evaluation of food intake data.

Foundations of Biomedical Science

This unit is an introduction to the theory and application of disciplines in the biomedical sciences: microbiology, immunology, histopathology, haematology, biochemistry and molecular genetics. Themes include the basic theory of the cellular and molecular components that form the foundations of biomedical science, the investigation of disease and infectious agents, occupational health considerations, the use of specialised equipment and testing of biological samples in a professional manner. The role and function of medical and research laboratories will also be explored.

Reactivity & Function in Chemistry

This unit is designed for students who have passed Biological Chemistry. This unit will prepare you for a wide array of future careers by illustrating how an understanding of reactivity and function assists understanding biological, medicinal, geological and industrial processes. It will provide you with the skills to predict reactions of common functional groups by, demonstrating how the mechanistic process gives the outcomes of new, but related reactions, including reactions of relevance to your chosen discipline. Chemical reactions occur over a very wide range of timescales and the ability to measure and predict the rates of reaction, particularly as they are influenced by a number of factors, will display how this has direct influence on your everyday life. Finally, dynamic systems in biology, medicine, industry and nature will illustrate the importance of chemical equilibria.

2017 Fees

Australian Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,480 11,840
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

International Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,625 21,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 60 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades


International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 4 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 25 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
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Intakes

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | July

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
February

Duration

Diploma (Stage 1) 
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2017

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) at Curtin University.

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Why Nutrition?

Your Diploma of Health Sciences (Nutrition and Food Science) will provide a pathway to the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Science) at Curtin, after which you may apply for Curtin's Master of Dietetics program if you wish.