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Study Human Nutrition at Otago

Overview

The knowledge and skills you will gain during your Human Nutrition degree, will allow you to make a real difference at the global, national, community and whānau levels.

It provides you with the skills required for numerous careers including private practice, public health, business owner, media, and working with sporting organisations.

It is also an excellent opportunity for those seeking graduate entry into Health Sciences professional programmes, e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy.

Human Nutrition papers are useful and interesting additions to a degree in Food Science, Physical Education, Marketing, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Psychology, and many other disciplines, as we all eat therefore, nutrition affects everyone.

Secondary school students are highly recommended to take Chemistry to Year 13 and Biology, Mathematics (with Statistics), and English to Year 12, preferably Year 13.

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Career opportunities

Human Nutrition will equip students with skills that can be used in a number of careers.

Our graduates work in the health sector, government organisations, corporations, research, teaching, high performance sport, private practice, and the food industry.

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Contact details

Department of Human Nutrition

Tel +64 3 479 7959
Email human-nutrition@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/humannutrition

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Qualifications

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Papers

See the full list of Human Nutrition (HUNT) papers.

Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • NUTN 401  Principles of Human Nutrition

  • One of:
    • NUTN 402  Nutrition and Health Promotion
    • NUTN 404  Nutrition and Chronic Disease
    • NUTN 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition

Further information regarding the PGCertHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition is available from the Department of Human Nutrition website.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • NUTN 401 Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Two of:
  • Further approved papers to the value of 30 points

Further information regarding the PGDipHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition is available from the Department of Human Nutrition website.

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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Human Nutrition

Thesis option
  • NUTN 401 Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Two of:
  • Approved research methods papers(s) to the value of 30 points
  • A thesis (120 points)
Coursework option
  • NUTN 401 Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Two of:
  • Approved research methods papers(s) to the value of 30 points
  • Further approved papers to the value of 60 points
  • A research dissertation (60 points)

Further information regarding the MHealSc endorsed in Human Nutrition is available from the Department of Human Nutrition website.

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Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Human Nutrition

Level Papers Points
100-level

BIOC 192  Foundations of Biochemistry

CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health

HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

HUNT 141  Understanding Human Nutrition

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

HUNT 241  Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health

HUNT 242  Nutritional Assessment

HUNT 243  International Nutrition and Health

18

18

18

300-level

HUNT 341  Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication

HUNT 342  Nutrition in Cancer and Heart Disease

HUNT 343  Community and Public Health Nutrition

One of:

  • HUNT 345  Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • HUNT 346  International Nutrition and Health

18

18

18

18

Plus

144 further points; (POPH 192 recommended)

Must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science.

Students intending to proceed to the Master of Dietetics programme should include HUNT 244 taken from 2019 (or HUNT 231), HUNT 341, HUNT 342, HUNT 343, HUNT 344 (or HUNT 311, HUNT 312, HUNT 313, HUNT 314, HUNT 331) in their degree programmes. POPH 192 is also recommended.

144
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • HUNT 490 Dissertation
  • HUNT 454 Nutritional Biostatistics
  • and two papers from:

    • HUNT 441  Research Methods
    • HUNT 445  Applications in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health
    • HUNT 453  Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition

Prerequisites for 2020:
HUNT 311  Metabolism, Health and Disease
HUNT 312  Nutrition in Cancer and Heart Disease
HUNT 313  Life Cycle Nutrition
HUNT 314  Nutrition and Health Communication
HUNT 355  Perspectives in Sports Nutrition

Prerequisites from 2021:
HUNT 341  Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication
HUNT 342  Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
HUNT 343  Community and Public Health Nutrition
HUNT 345  Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
HUNT 346  International Nutrition and Health

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Human Nutrition

Papers
  • HUNT 441  Research Methods
  • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health
  • HUNT 453  Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition
  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics
  • and two papers from:

    • HUNT 445  Applications in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    • HUNT 455  Advanced Topics in Human Nutrition
    • HUNT 485  Research Project
    • NUTN 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition
    • or another approved 400-level papers

or

  • HUNT 490  Dissertation
  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics
  • and two papers from:

    • HUNT 441  Research Methods
    • HUNT 445  Applications in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health
    • HUNT 453  Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition

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Master of Science (MSc) in Human Nutrition

Papers and Thesis
  • HUNT 495  Master's Thesis Preparation
  • HUNT 454  Nutritional Biostatistics
  • Three of:
    • HUNT 441  Research Methods
    • HUNT 445  Applications in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    • HUNT 452  Nutrition and Human Health
    • HUNT 453  Topics in Behavioural and Applied Nutrition
    • HUNT 455  Advanced Topics in Human Nutrition
    • NUTN 407  Advanced Sports Nutrition
    • or another approved 400-level paper

  • Thesis: HUNT 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

    Further information regarding the MSc in Human Nutrition is available from the Department of Human Nutrition website.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Human Nutrition as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

HUNT 141  Understanding Human Nutrition

 18

200-level

Two of:

  • HUNT 241  Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health
  • HUNT 242  Nutritional Assessment
  • HUNT 243  International Nutrition and Health
  • HUNT 244  Foodservice Environments
  • HUNT 245  Sport and Exercise Nutrition

36

300-level

Two of:

  • HUNT 341  Nutrition and Behaviour Change Communication
  • HUNT 342  Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
  • HUNT 343  Community and Public Health Nutrition
  • HUNT 346  International Nutrition and Health

36

   
Total   90

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