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About the Department of Human Nutrition

The Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago is the longest established department of its kind at a New Zealand University, is the World Health Organisation collaborating centre for the Western Pacific region and is the only New Zealand University to offer a Sport and Exercise Nutrition programme (undergraduate and postgraduate) as well as Foodservice management and International nutrition at undergraduate. It is the largest university department involved in this discipline in Australasia and one of the best known in the Southern Hemisphere. Undergraduate degrees, BSc, BSc(Hons) in Human Nutrition and BAppSc, BAppSc(Hons) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition are offered, as well as a range of postgraduate options in Human Nutrition, Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Dietetics at Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and PhD level.

The Department also provides study by Distance options in Human Nutrition.

The Department of Human Nutrition was the first to form a university-based Dietetic Programme in New Zealand in 1993, leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics and more recently a Masters in Dietetics.Our team have a wide range of special interests in fields including:

  • Foodservice management
  • Sports nutrition
  • International nutrition
  • Maternal and infant nutrition
  • Nutritional biochemistry and metabolism
  • Nutritional aspects of coronary heart disease and diabetes
  • Lipids and antioxidants in health and disease
  • Nutritional aspects of trace elements, in particular iron, zinc, selenium and iodine
  • Calcium and osteoporosis
  • Geriatric nutrition
  • Nutrition and poverty
  • Food safety
  • Applied dietetics
  • Dietary assessment methodologies
  • Public health and community nutrition
  • Māori and Pacific Island nutrition

Read more about the careers you can follow in Human Nutrition & Dietetics.

Research Partners

As the largest university Department of Human Nutrition in New Zealand it makes a major contribution to the discipline of nutrition both nationally and internationally. The Department is also involved in a number of WHO sponsored projects and programmes.

The Department of Human Nutrition is privileged to carry out many research projects in collaboration with other departments and institutions both within the University and overseas.