ARA Institute of Canterbury: Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition); Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition

The three year (full time) degree programme and the one year (full time) graduate diploma cover theory and develop the practical skills needed for working as an expert in the area of human nutrition, as well as an awareness of what influences the nutrition of individuals and groups in New Zealand and globally.

Some of the areas covered within the degree include:

  • Metabolic processes and how nutrients in food affect the human body
  • Application of nutrition science to enhance the health of community groups
  • Effects of major nutrition-related factors on non-communicable diseases that impact on the health of developed nations
  • Identification of reliable sources of up-to-date nutritional information
  • Communication of nutrition principles in a range of contexts using awareness of psychological, cultural and environmental influences on eating behaviour
  • Genetics, physiology, culture, environment and social issues that assist in the management of body composition and nutrition choices
  • Work placements with nutrition education programmes, health promotion organisations (governmental and non-governmental), nutrition consultancies, community initiatives, workplace wellbeing programmes and school holiday programmes


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