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Frequently asked questions

Question:
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
Answer:
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.

Question:
What do I have to do at school to be able to study Human Nutrition or Sports Nutrition at Otago?
Answer:
For any of the degrees in Human Nutrition, high school students are recommended to take:
Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, Maths and English
and
Year 13 Maths with Statistics, Biology and particularly Chemistry.
For the Bachelor of Biomedical Science, you should also study Physics in Year 13.

Question:
What degree should I take if I am interested in pursuing a career as a dietitian working with athletes and sports teams?
Answer:
A BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition)
Major: Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Minors: Supplementary Nutritional Science AND Foodservice Management
This will take you 3.5 years and give you all of the pre-requisites to be eligible to apply for the Master of Dietetics programme.


Question:
What degree should I take if I am interested in Sports Nutrition and doing research?
Answer:
A BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition)
Major: Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Minor: Supplementary Nutritional Science

Question:
Do I need to take a minor if I'm doing a BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition) ?
Answer:
Yes. We recommend that students take the minor in Supplementary Nutritional Science (SUNS). However, there are other minors that you may choose to take. Refer to the Guide to Enrolment for the list of minors offered.

Question:I want to do a BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition). Can I do a marketing or a management minor with this degree?
Answer:
Yes. Both of these minors work well with a BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition) degree.

Question:
Can I do a double degree: BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition) and Bachelor of Physical Education?
Answer:
We recommend that you do either one or the other, but if you are interested in Sports Nutrition, which is a combination of sports science and human nutrition, then we advise you to do the BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition). This degree already include the physical education papers that you are looking for.

Question:
Which degree should I take if I’m interested in nutrition and sports nutrition?
Answer:
We recommend the BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition). You may consider including the SUNS minor, which encompasses all the nutrition papers that you would do in the BSc.

Question:
What careers can I do with a BSc (Human Nutrition) or a BAppSc (Sport and Exercise Nutrition?
Answer:
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