Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition - Course Finder @ UOW

Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition

Course summary

Diet and nutrition have become increasingly important for the Australian population and public health. The UOW Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition is for students interested in working in health promotion, especially the development, management and evaluation of community-based nutrition and food policy programs.

This degree

The UOW Public Health Nutrition degree provides numerous opportunities for professional experience and work-integrated learning. These practical placements are an ideal opportunity to build your professional networks and to gain practical hands-on experience in the field. UOW has strong relationships with industry bodies to ensure this program is relevant to the latest industry developments.

What you will study

This degree combines industry-leading approaches to public and population health with a sound understanding of nutrition science. You will study a mix of science-based subjects that support nutrition studies:

  • Physiology and biochemistry
  • The principles of public health, including health promotion, epidemiology and research methods
  • The core knowledge and skills needed to understand human anatomy and physiology
  • The impact of nutrition on health, particularly in diverse populations

In the Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition you will study major challenges in local, national and global nutrition and health, as well as the interconnectedness of the physical, social, policy and environmental aspects of population health nutrition. You will also develop the skills to competently assess diet, food and the nutrient intake of the population.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences



Course Code




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3 years (6 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent


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Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

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IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.


2017 Information
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,424
Full Course Fee: $86,544

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any two units of English, plus any four units of Science/Mathematics
Recommended Studies: Chemistry

UOW Early Admission is how your high marks in Years 11 and 12 can earn you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate, an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate, in Australia only. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Below is the indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree. These are the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Indicative Criteria
At least three ATAR Category A subjects including Chemistry, with a minimum of 70% in standard subjects and/or 65% in Extension subjects.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.


2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

2017 Autumn


Session Commences
27 February 2017

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 30 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 20 January 2017.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 21 - 23 February
Session: 27 February - 22 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the broad determinants of dietary and food aspects of health and well-being.
  2. Discuss major local, national, and global nutrition and health challenges.
  3. Understand the principles of, and approaches to, dietary assessment, as this relates to groups and populations.
  4. Distinguish the interconnectedness among the physical, social, policy and environmental aspects of population health nutrition.
  5. Understand the primacy of conducting high quality research and the process for undertaking robust scientific enquiry.
  6. Competently assess diet, food, and nutrient intake of groups, communities and populations.
  7. Confidently obtain, review and analyse population nutrition and health data.
  8. Access, critically appraise and apply the best available evidence to address public health nutrition issues.
  9. Apply knowledge of adequacy of groups’, communities’ and populations’ nutritional status, in order to plan, implement and evaluate nutritional interventions or programs.
  10. Communicate nutrition and health information to a wide range of audiences through diverse media.
  11. Demonstrate professional skills, including problem-solving, team work, reflective practice and ongoing learning and professional development. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition requires the successful completion of at least 144 credits points in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
HAS 130Social Determinants of Health6Autumn
MEDI110Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise6Autumn
MEDI100Human Structure and Function6Autumn
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry*6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter*6Autumn
MEDI150Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition6Spring
MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6Spring
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life*6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures*6Spring
Year 2
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
CHEM215Food Chemistry6Autumn
MEDI231Measurement of Diet and Health Promotion6Autumn
MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
HAS 251Introduction to Epidemiology6Spring
MEDI212Introduction to Pathophysiology6Spring
STAT251Fundamentals of Biostatistics6Spring
Year 3
HAS 349Research Skills in Public Health6Autumn
MEDI363Community and Public Health Nutrition6Autumn
Plus 12 credit points selected from the General Schedule or Science Schedule
MEDI213Nutritional Physiology6Spring
HAS 350Social Determinants of Indigenous Health6Spring
HAS 351Health Promotion Competencies6Spring
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
MEDI350Research Projects6First Offered in 2018
HAS 347Social Sciences Project**6Spring

*Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105. Students who do CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wish to do higher levels of chemistry must also do CHEM106.

** High achieving students interested in undertaking a limited international work placement of three to four weeks in a public health related field during either the Summer or Winter recess periods have the option to complete HAS 335 in place of HAS 347. To be eligible to undertake HAS 335 students must have a minimum credit grade in all core 200 level subjects.  Students who wish to be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan should undertake HAS 335 in Autumn session of the final year of the degree. 


High achieving students will be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition (Honours), which is designed as an additional fourth year of study to provide students with skills to demonstrate excellence in research with a clear understanding of the research question. Entry into the Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition (Honours) requires the student to have attained at least a credit average in subjects undertaken during their undergraduate degree. The School of Health Sciences Higher Degree Research Student Coordinator and prospective supervisor will determine whether a student's 300-level subjects are appropriate for entry into the Honours program.

In addition, admission to the Bachelor of Public Health Nutrition (Honours) will be dependent upon the availability of an appropriate supervisor, who must be identified by the applicant before applying for entry.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates can apply to be a full member of the Public Health Association of Australia. Graduates may also seek registration as an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia. With a further three years of relevant work experience and/or postgraduate qualifications, graduates may apply as a Registered Nutritionist or Registered Public Health Nutritionist

Why choose this course

UOW is home to public health and nutrition researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise and encourage you to build your own Public Health career in whatever avenue you choose. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical public health skills and professional networks making you a career-ready UOW graduate.

Career opportunities
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional