What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
Dietitians can also be nutritionists. Nutritionists need further postgraduate training to become dietitians.
Dietitians are uniquely qualified to manage the nutritional care of people with special dietary needs and to promote health. They must be registered to practise dietetics in New Zealand. Dietitians work in clinical situations such as hospitals, private practice, Public Health Organisations, and community settings. Nutritionists also work in a wide range of settings such as private practice, Public Health organisations and the community.
What do I have to do at school to be able to study Human Nutrition or Sports Nutrition at Otago?
For any of the degrees in Human Nutrition, high school students are recommended to take:
Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English
Year 13 Chemistry to level 3 is strongly recommended.
For the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you should also study Physics in Year 13.
Which degree should I take if I'm interested in nutrition and sports nutrition?
We recommend the BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition). (subject to approval in 2024 this will become a BSc). Alternatively, you can take the BSc in Human Nutrition and combine this with a Sport and exercise science minor.
What careers can I do with a BSc (Human Nutrition) or a BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition)?