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Distance Learning

Distance learning is a practical way to study nutrition for working professionals such as:

  • Public health professionals
  • General practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Dentists
  • School teachers with a background in biological sciences (eg Physical Education teachers, Food Technology or Home Economics teachers)

The Department of Human Nutrition offers postgraduate study in Health Sciences qualifications. These programmes and papers are designed for New Zealand health and education professionals who want to update their nutrition knowledge and skills in order to enhance the service they provide.

They are available to those with a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd), Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science (BCApSc) or Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) degree that includes biological sciences (or equivalent qualification), a Health Sciences degree, or an acceptable tertiary-level qualification requiring at least three years’ full-time tertiary study (e.g. nursing, pharmacy or physiotherapy). A background in nutrition is not required.

These are academic rather than professional qualifications. The papers are not intended to enable participants to dispense therapeutic advice to individuals with medical conditions. By gaining an enhanced knowledge and understanding of nutrition, participants will gain an appreciation of the situations where referral to a qualified dietitian is appropriate.

Papers & Programmes available

The four distance taught papers can be studied individually as part of other health sciences qualifications, or together they can be used to enrol in a programme endorsed in Human Nutrition. They are available only to those residing in New Zealand.

In 2013, the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) with a major in Community Nutrition was replaced with the above-mentioned Health Science qualifications endorsed in Human Nutrition. If you’ve completed CMNX papers towards the PGDipSci (Community Nutrition), you can transition to the new Health Science qualifications, receiving credit for CMNX401, CMNX402, CMNX406, CMNX407 as NUTN401, NUTN402, NUTN404, and NUTN407, respectively.

Human Nutrition Distance-taught Programmes

The schedule for paper offerings over the next three years is as follows:
2016 sem 1: no papers offered
2016 sem 2: NUTN407
2017 sem 1: NUTN401
2017 sem 2: NUTN404
2018: sem 1: NUTN402
2018: sem 2: NUTN407

For more detailed information about any of these papers (including fees), use the link http://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/subjects/ and search under the paper code.