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International students

COURSE

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)

BB-HPRNTR

TAUGHT BY: School of Public Health

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

4years

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

800

About offering

This course is designed to equip you with the theoretical and practical skills required for a career in public health nutrition. You will learn how to identify the health and nutritional needs of individuals, groups and communities, develop people’s skills and knowledge in health and nutrition, advocate for policies and laws that support healthy choices and plan, implement and evaluate health promotion and public health nutrition activities.

In your first year, you will learn the foundations of health promotion and nutrition, and study interprofessional core units with students from other health disciplines.

In your second, third and fourth years you will specialise in health promotion and nutrition. You will also undertake an on-campus health promotion campaign, provide a school-based nutrition education session and a 100-hour professional public health nutrition placement in a public health/health promotion organisation.

What you'll learn

  • think creatively using knowledge of nutrition research and health promotion concepts and practice to generate innovative solutions to enhance the nutritional status of populations
  • critically analyse issues relevant to public health nutrition
  • access and appraise nutrition information from a variety of sources and synthesise relevant information to develop sustainable public health nutrition and health promotion programs
  • communicate with professionals and community members to promote health using effective written and oral communication
  • effectively use new and existing scientific and technological methods to gather information, analyse data and communicate an understanding of their advantages and limitations
  • take responsibility for own learning and professional development in the public health nutrition and health promotion field
  • apply global perspectives to public health nutrition and health promotion issue
  • incorporate cultural awareness and sensitivity into public health nutrition and health promotion practice
  • demonstrate independence and leadership in project management; demonstrate professionalism and capacity for leadership and be able to work independently, collaboratively and ethically

Why study Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion)

  • This is the only course of its kind in Western Australia.
  • There are work-integrated learning opportunities.
  • The course has a practical emphasis.
  • You can develop your knowledge and skills in planning and evaluating health promotion programs.
  • The combined health promotion and nutrition content will develop your knowledge in the core studies of human biology, behavioural sciences, research methods and epidemiology.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

On graduation, you are eligible for professional-level membership for the Australian Health Promotion Association, the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Career information

  • Nutritionist
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Health/Nutrition Project Officer
  • Health/Nutrition Policy Officer
  • Health Research Officer
  • Community Development Officer

Employers may include government, non-government and community-based organisations such as:

  • Department of Health
  • Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Council of WA
  • Diabetes WA
  • local government
  • divisions of general practice
  • welfare agencies such as Foodbank and the Australian
  • Red Cross.

Please note: In Australia there is a distinction between dietitians and other occupations in the nutrition and food science field, including that of a nutritionist. To qualify as a dietitian you must complete further postgraduate studies. 

If you wish to enter into the Master of Dietetics as a Health Promotion and Nutrition graduate you will need to study additional undergraduate nutrition units to satisfy the Master of Dietetics entry requirements.

Nutritionist

Nutritionists study the science of human nutrition and provide advice, deliver nutrition education and undertake research on dietary habits to encourage the achievement of a healthy lifestyle

Dietitian

Dietitians apply the science of human nutrition to help people understand food and health relationships, make dietary choices, promote and maintain health, and prevent and treat illness and disease. They typically have one more year of training in a Postgraduate Diploma of Dietetics, which includes substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

What kind of applicant are you?

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Completed your secondary education in Australia within the past two years? Learn how you can apply to Curtin.

Applicants with higher education study

Undertaken higher education study before? Find out how you can apply for a Curtin course and what credit you may be eligible for.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Have you studied a VET course? Find out how you can get into Curtin using these qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience

Spent time in the workforce, completed a pathway program or finished secondary education more than two years ago? See how you can apply to study at Curtin

Applicants with recent secondary education
(within the past two years)

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. *STAT alone is not accepted for entry

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • Completed at least one semester of studies with a Course Weighted Average 
    (CWA) of 60% or higher; and
  • Completed CMHL1000 Foundations for Professional Health Practice, with a mark of 60% or higher; and
  • Met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Students on conditional status must provide a personal statement.

The Chemistry prerequisite can be met with:

  • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry with a grade of 60% or higher; or
  • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with a grade of 70% or higher.
Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have:

  • completed a unit assessed as meeting the chemistry prerequisite, with a grade of 60% or higher; and
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
    OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • completed the prerequisite.

    The Chemistry pre-requisite can be met with:

    • Chemistry ATAR; or
    • CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry with a grade of 60% or higher; or
    • CHEM1005 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with a grade of 70% or higher.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. *STAT alone is not accepted for entry

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR: 70

    This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)
    Chemistry ATAR
  • Desirable WACE subjects: At least Mathematics Applications ATAR
  • STAT entry: Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative. *STAT alone is not accepted for entry

    The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni.
    These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Minimum academic entry requirements

Please select a country above.

Course prerequisites

Chemistry is required. Mathematics is desirable.

Chemistry is required. Mathematics is desirable.

Other requirements and notes for this course


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australia / New Zealand students

International students

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2018

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$9,190*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on [offering.credits] credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

International student indicative fees for 2018

International onshore – fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,600*
Total indicative course fee $155,600*
Indicative essential incidental course fee $1,398 *

The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International’s offshore site.

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Where to get further information

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Applicants with other international qualifications

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  • Curtin course code: BB-HPRNTR
  • CRICOS code: 046656B
  • This offering was last updated on: September 24, 2018