The University of Auckland: Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Nutrition and Dietetics is a new programme designed to provide the specialised postgraduate training required to enable graduates to seek registration with the New Zealand Dietitians Board in order to practise as a Dietitian in New Zealand, and to provide safe, competent and responsible dietetic care in a variety of health settings. Dietetic care includes the provision of safe, enjoyable, nutritionally adequate and appropriate food and fluids to meet people’s nutritional needs.

This two year, full-time programme of study will provide learning in applied nutrition, public health nutrition, food service management, and professional skills supported by practical skills developed through small group learning and 20 weeks of placement in a range of dietetic settings. Students will also complete a research thesis in order to provide a foundation for evidence-based practice and to enable further higher degree research to be undertaken.

Graduates of the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics will:

  • Have core skills in patient-centred care, clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.
  • Be culturally aware, good communicators, empathic listeners and skilled educators.
  • Be equipped with the skills to use lifelong learning and reflective practice to ensure their continued competency in dietetics.


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