Course Introduction:

Designed to equip graduates for a range of careers in nutrition, the Bachelor of Nutrition course at Torrens has an applied focus with subject content reflecting both the individual, community and population context.


From anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to nutritional policy, diet and disease, the Bachelor of Nutrition provides a comprehensive exploration of health science and human nutrition that provides graduates with workplace-relevant knowledge and skills vital for making a positive contribution to the health of individuals and for society.


The course will enable you to understand the nutritional needs of communities and populations, critically analyse and develop health programs that address individual and population level nutrition issues, and understand the nutritional needs of the human body both in good health and in disease.


The Public health elective stream complements the health science and nutrition core by expanding graduates’ capacity in health promotion and disease prevention.  Whether you are interested in playing a part in a non-government organisation, a national health care system, or your local council or community, you could be part of the growing global demand for high quality graduates in public health.

Learning outcomes:

Gain a thorough understanding of health science, human & community nutrition and public health in this comprehensive Bachelor program.

  • Understand of the physiology and nutritional needs of the human body
  • Recognize the dominant theories of health and disease, systems of health, public health and assess the social determinants of health as they relate and apply to a variety of communities and populations
  • Understand the nutritional needs for individuals, communities and populations
  • Critically analyse and develop health programs to address nutritionally related health condition
  • Apply evidenced based strategies to nutritional solutions


Career outcomes:

  • Nutritionist
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Public Health and Health Promotion Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Quality and Nutrition Coordinator

This course aims to prepare you for a variety of careers in the field of human nutrition at the individual, community and population level. There are many opportunities for graduates to work in the field of nutrition, including:

  • Health Promotion & Education
  • Product Development (food manufacturing and processing)
  • Nutritional Advocacy
  • Policy development (government bodies)
  • Public relations (with pharmaceutical companies)
  • Public health agencies (local, national or state)
  • Community health centres, sporting and recreational facilities
  • Nutrition writing

Course Highlights:

  • Fully online course through Torrens University Australia
  • Unique program that combines nutritional science, human nutrition and public health
  • Course focuses on public and community health interventions
  • Provides solid foundation in key required public health competencies
  • Essential knowledge in research methods and research article evaluation for health science
  • Examine the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals across the lifespan
  • Associations students may seek membership include: Nutrition Australia, Nutrition Society of Australia, Public Health Association of Australia & Health Promotion Association
  • Graduates can call themselves a Nutritionist & Public Health Nutritionist
  • Graduate may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist

Why study with us

Laureate International Universities

Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students around the world.  This makes our courses unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.

The Bachelor Nutritional is offered through Torrens University Australia and brings a fresh, modern, careers-focussed perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you:


We FLIP the Classroom

The Diploma of Nutrition is designed around the principles of the ‘flipped classroom’ allowing you to learn through doing, not just through listening.  The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to explore material at your own pace before class.  This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts. Rather than just listening to a lecturer for an hour or more, you’ll come to class ready having read through or listened to the subject material.  Guided by an expert in the field, you will then then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you have learned.

We are Career-focused and industry connected

  • Our students practice in on-campus clinics and/or through industry placement
  • Our academics are current industry practitioners
  • Industry contributes to our course development

We provide a personalized experience

  • Success Coaches: working with our students to increase motivation, improve employability and provide an in-depth understanding of natural talents
  • PASS program (Peer-Assisted Study Scheme): One hour of dedicated time to study – Run by students for students! It is a causal safe environment for fellow students to ask questions, have concepts explained in way you understand, get study tips from experienced students and get some guidance with assessments.
  • Academic skills support: If you need help with assignment writing, referencing, time management, or any other academic-related aspect of your studies then the Academic Skills Support team can help.
  • Technical support: if you have any questions about your online learning management system
  • We care about your success: we value the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore have robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures (as well as all policies and procedures), can be access from your student portal.

Our Academic staff are experienced industry trained professionals

In developing its degree courses, Torrens is able to draw on the vast experience and resources in education that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students.  This makes the degree courses offered by Torrens University unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.


We have small class sizes

Get direct and personalised access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.


We offer Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. At specific campuses, we also offer hybrid courses that combine an online and on-campus study to provide you with yet another option for completing your postgraduate course.


Be part of an international network

Torrens University Australia is part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education comprised of nearly 70 universities across 23 countries. Torrens’ association with Laureate International Universities gives you the opportunity to leverage the network of over 1,000,000 students around the world – including more than 100,000 online students.


Torrens University Australia is here for good!

Here for Good is the spirit of Laureate International Universities. As the largest global network of higher education institutions, of which Torrens University Australia is a member, we’re united by a belief in the power of education to change lives. In addition, we’re serious about making an enduring commitment to the communities we serve. To us, this is about purpose and permanence. This is what we mean by Here for Good.

We believe society is best served when our students, faculty, and our entire organisation use our collective skills and experience to create positive and lasting change. Our students and graduates are improving lives and making our world better. Our institutions are providing the critical skills, knowledge and support to help make this happen.


At Torrens University Australia, contributing to the community through our student’s learning and development is part of what we do.


Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art Torrens campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are no more boring classrooms, instead, we have designed our learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.


Fast-track your career & professional network

Torrens operates on a trimester system so many courses can be completed in less time than at other institutions. Imagine walking out of Torrens with a Master degree in as little as 12 months, or a Bachelor degree in only 2 years.


Torrens runs optional Touch-Point weekend sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, converse with lecturers and expand your multidisciplinary network in a face-to-face environment. With a session every trimester at one of our national campuses, you can build your network faster while you study.


Feel engaged with industry

Torrens engages in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students.  We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.


Develop job ready skills

Through our Careers and Industry advisors and Success Coaches, we provide students with employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range of events and seminars. We assist students in developing current employability skills and help them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. We enjoy many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.


Develop your academic skills

Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation

Get involved in student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, professional seminars and industry association events both on campus and online.

Course Overview

Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time

Dynamic Online Study, Hybrid, on campus

Study options – International students This course is currently not available to international students requiring a visa to study in Australia
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 3 years

Accelerated: 2 years

Part-time: Options available

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students  

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course Study Requirements It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week for subjects over 12-week trimesters. Assessment Assessments vary and include: critical analysis and essay writing, literature reviews, needs assessment, project development and evaluation, in-class debates, participation in online discussion forums, short questions, and research projects.
Location Adelaide and dynamic online study Delivered by Torrens University Australia


Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code


Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Ltd
Course Fees        For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website


Admission Criteria


Applicants with higher education study


·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider


·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study


·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)


·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience


Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.


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

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)


Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students



Equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5


Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or 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.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.


ATAR Profile


ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in T1 2018

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer 74.2
Median rank to receive an offer 63.4
Lowest rank to receive an offer 60.8

Notes:            <5  – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made


Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It 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, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia


Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake T1 2018


Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
8 29.63%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 <5
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

7 25.93%
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 0%
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
0 0%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
10 37.04%
International students 0 0%
All students 27 100.0%

Notes:       “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.


Where to get further information:

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Course logistics

International students

Torrens offers a free, personalised admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Course and Careers Officer for further information and assistance with your application.

Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.

This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia. However, this course can be studied online.

Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.

Location and Start Dates

This course is delivered online and has three intakes throughout the year – February, June and September.  Contact your Course and Career Adviser now for upcoming start dates and lecture times.

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities


Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

  1. Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.


FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

Course Structure and rules


The Bachelor of Nutrition course is comprised of 24 subjects with a combined total of 240 credit points. This includes 16 core subjects (160 credit points) and eight elective subject (80 credit points). Electives will be chosen from an approved list of recommended subjects, please refer to the table below. A normal full time student load would be 80 credits each year for three years.  Part – time students could complete their 240 credit points in six years. The Bachelor of Nutrition course is comprised of 24 subjects with a combined total of 240 units.

Course Structure and Recommended sequence:


Sequence Subject Pre/Corequisite Credit Points
Year 1 Study period 1
1 SCIE2001 Anatomy & Physiology 1 None 10
2 NUTR2001 Human Nutrition 1 None 10
Year 1 – Study period 2
3 SCIE2002 Anatomy & Physiology 2 SCIE2001 10
4 SCIE2003 Chemistry Essentials None 10
5 NUTR2003 Nutrition & Society None 10
Year 1 – study period 3
6 SCIE2004 Biochemistry 1 SCIE2001
7 NUTR2002 Human Nutrition 2 NUTR2001 10
8 NUTR2005 Lifespan Nutrition NUTR2001
Co-requisite: NUTR2002
Year 2 – Study period 4
9 SCIE2005 Biochemistry 2 SCIE2004 10
10 NUTR2004 Food Systems & Policy None 10
Year 2- Study period 5
11 SCIE2006 Nutritional Biochemistry & Human Metabolism SCIE2005
12 BHS107A Research & Evidence Based Practice None 10
13 PUBH2000 Foundations of Public Health None 10
Year 2 – Study period 6
14 SCIE2007 Pathophysiology 1 SCIE2002 10
15 PUBH2101 Health Surveillance and Epidemiology None 10
16 PUBH2102 Disease Prevention and Control None 10
Year 3 – Study period 7
17 SCIE2008 Pathophysiology 2 SCIE2007 10
18 NUTR2006 Diet & Disease NUTR2005 10
Year 3 – Study period 8
19 NUTR2007 Public Health Nutrition NUTR2006 10
20 PUBH2103 Health Promotion and Advocacy None 10
21 PUBH2104 Health Policy, Planning and Management None 10
Year 3 – Study period 9
22 NUTR2008 Special Populations Project NUTR2007 10
23 PUBH2105 Health Protection and Environmental Health None 10
24 PUBH2007 Public Health Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation PUBH2000


Anatomy and Physiology 1

This course introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis is covered in detail. In addition, this course covers the structure and function of cells and epithelial tissue, the internal structural anatomy of the human body and key body systems including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular.

Anatomy and Physiology 2

This course continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the, immune, lymphatic and special senses systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.  The structure and function of the digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

Chemistry Essentials

This course comprises the study of relevant concepts of general, physical and organic chemistry.  Students will explore atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compound structure, nomenclature, behaviour and bonding as well as organic compounds and their basic properties and reactions. This course is the foundational course for the three following biochemistry courses and is also the level of chemistry necessary for entry into dietetics programs at a postgraduate level.

Biochemistry 1

This course extends on basic chemistry principles comprising an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds within the body. This course includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA. The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane.

Biochemistry 2

This course explains the processes of macromolecule metabolism and energy production and storage in the body. Included in this course is the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, the role of ATP and acetyl CoA in metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation and the electron transport chain and biosignalling and chemical communication. Humoral and cellular immune response is discussed in relation to human physiology.

Nutritional Biochemistry and Human Metabolism

This course extends students understanding of biochemistry focusing specifically on nutritional biochemistry and its role in metabolism. Students will examine metabolic pathways including glycolysis, Krebs cycle, electron transport chain, glycogen synthesis, lipid and amino acid metabolism. Metabolism of liver, muscle and adipose tissue together with genomics and neurotransmitter synthesis will also be discussed.

Human Pathophysiology 1

Basic pathological processes of response to injury, growth abnormalities, degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, immunology, toxicology and microbiology, and their characteristic diseases are studied.  This course comprises the pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states. This course includes diseases of the gastrointestinal, neurological cardiovascular, hematologic, and pulmonary systems. Students are introduced to clinical diagnostic together with laboratory diagnosis and include: examination techniques, commonly used laboratory tests and analysis and interpretation of findings.

Human Pathophysiology 2

This course comprises the pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states of gerontology and aging and the musculoskeletal, integumentary, and the endocrine, renal, urological and reproductive systems.  Students are introduced to clinical diagnostic skills for these various body systems, laboratory diagnosis and analysis and interpretation of findings.

Human Nutrition 1

In this course, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances found in individuals and populations. Students will investigate how the management of these macronutrients contribute to the public health agenda.

Human Nutrition 2

In this course, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients which includes water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and how these relate to human metabolism. This course provides students with underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology. Each individual micronutrient is studied in regard to structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses. Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency found in individuals and populations, and how these can be influenced within a public health agenda.

Nutrition and Society

This course aims to provide an understanding of the sociology of food, nutrition and health.  Students will explore the relationships between human behaviour and dietary intake from a public health perspective. Students will be engaged in community based research to identify a public health issue which is prevalent in their community society.

Lifespan Nutrition

In this course students will examine the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, infant, toddler, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations, as well as the specific issues affecting indigenous communities.

Food Systems and Policy

This course examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia and globally. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system and how these impact on public health initiatives as they relate to food security, sustainability and food deserts.

Diet and Disease

This course explores the relationship between disease and nutrition. With a focus on major non-communicable diseases and vulnerable populations, students will explore nutrition related disease states and the role of nutritional interventions from a population and community perspective and how these impact on disease in society, making recommendations for policy. Major non-communicable health conditions including obesity, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be explored.

Public Health Nutrition

This course develops students understanding of public health nutrition in a population and community context.  Students explore health promotion strategies from a social and behavioural science approach to population health problems.  Students will investigate public health nutrition goals and initiatives, the development of effective programs, and nutrition related policies.

Special Populations Project

This course allows students to undertake a piece of research within a special population of their choice, focusing on an issue which is allied to or impacted by nutrition. This unit is the equivalent to a capstone unit, drawing together the learning of the core public health curriculum with the nutrition specialism to allow students to apply all their learning and skills to a project of their choice, generating an outcome they can evidence in pursuit of the preferred career choice.

Research and evidenced based practice

Research & Evidence Based Practice provides essential knowledge in research methods and research article evaluation for health science students. This subject introduces the fundamentals of research practice and methods for health science including research design, methodology, analysis and basic statistical skills. This subject provides the student with the proficiency to be able to appropriately read, analyse and evaluate current healthcare research.

Foundations of Public Health

Within this introductory course, students learn the principles and practice of public health and improving the health of populations. Students learn how public health is defined, the origins of public health and its evolution as a discipline. Students learn the key principles of the ‘’new public health’’, public health practice, the functions of public health, the role of government in improving the health and wellbeing of citizens, and public health service models, including comprehensive primary health care. They consider different understandings of health and illness, including professional, lay and Australian Indigenous definitions. They are introduced to key concepts in public health, including a human rights approach to health, an ecological perspective and the social determinants of health.

Health Surveillance and Epidemiology

This course introduces students to population health patterns, epidemiology, social determinants of health, and health systems and political policies in a manner that allows them to ask questions of data, ethical issues with data, draw out points of significance, and present data in different ways to different audiences.  An inquiry based approach to learning underpins this course.

Disease Prevention and Control

Further developing students’ understanding and manipulation of epidemiological data sets, this course focuses on modifiable risk factors and behaviour, taking a case based approach to learning, exploring current and past public health issues, evaluating different approaches to their control and prevention.

Health Promotion and Advocacy

This course challenges students to make an impact and introduces students to being change agents, teaching them how to recognise health needs in a community and equipping them with the skills they need to communicate to a wide variety of audiences, preparing them to engage with communities to promote health and engage in health advocacy with intersectoral stakeholders and influencers.  Special populations and social determinants of health focus strongly in this course, and students consider how to engage with different communities, and the formation of partnerships with other sectors.

Health Policy, Planning and Management

This course draws together the strands of data analysis from the other courses thus far and puts them within a policy and management context.  Students need to put together an operational plan for a public health intervention, justified with a strong evidence base to secure buy-in and budget commitment.  Students also develop their systems thinking skills in this course as they start to analyse how one change in the system has a knock on effect, planning which elements of the system to address, when and how.  Students will learn about the Australian healthcare system and legislative and policy frameworks and standards.

Health Protection and Environmental Health

Focusing on environmental influences on health, this course introduces students to the role of environmental risk factors and determinants of disease in illness and injury. Students will understand the regulatory influences on environmental risk factors and environmental influences on health, analyse risk factors and identify vulnerable populations, and strategise interventions using real-world scenarios.

Public Health Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation

Relevant, accessible, effective and equitable health programs that consistently deliver high quality outcomes are the cornerstone of public health service delivery.  Public health program development and implementation skills covered in this course include needs assessment, setting health priorities, development of program objectives, conducting a risk analysis and consulting with relevant stakeholders and developing options, monitoring implementation, financial management and working to deadlines.  The course also provides an introduction to evaluating public health programs, including formative, process, outcome, and impact evaluations. Students in this course will be required to conduct a needs assessment and prioritise findings, and develop an evaluation plan.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

There are three intakes per year for each Torrens University course. You may enrol anytime during the year and start in the term of your choice. However, please be sure to book early to reserve your place.

Are scholarships available?

Torrens offers limited number of fee-waiver scholarships each trimester, ask a Course and Career Advisor if you’re eligible.

Tuition Assurance

If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. If you are a domestic student, please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.

International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS), an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.

Can Torrens University help me find work while I’m studying and after I graduate?

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.

Where is the Torrens campus located?

This course is offered only online.  However you can access any of our campuses to use library facilities.

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

No special material or equipment is required for this course.


What is a Nutritionist?

Nutritionists may design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a range of population health interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and the population as a whole, through better food and nutrition.

Nutritionists may work in a number of other roles, including research, nutrition consultants and advisors, public health and health promotion officers, community development officers, quality and nutrition coordinators, food technologists, media spokespeople and more.

For more information about Nutritionists, please go to the Nutrition Australia website:

How do I become a Registered Nutritionist?

Successful completion of your Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) will allow you to apply to be an Associate Nutritionist. To become a Registered Nutritionist you will need a Bachelor degree majoring in Nutrition plus 3 years additional study/experience. There is no regulatory or professional body for Nutritionists like there is for Dietitians, for example. However, a voluntary register of Nutritionists has been developed to acknowledge and encourage high standards of competence in the profession. To become an Associate Nutritionist, you must apply for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). You must be a member, or become a member of the NSA before registration can be applied for. Applications must include a CV, academic transcripts and professional and academic referees. Fees apply. Registrations last for three years, after which re-registration is required. For further details on becoming an Associate Nutritionist, visit the NSA website:

What’s the difference between Torrens and ACNT/SSNT Bachelor qualifications?

Both ACNT and SSNT Bachelor of Health Science Nutritional Medicine qualifications are identical with the main focus being a clinical or public facing clinical nutrition educational qualification. The Bachelor of Nutrition provided by Torrens University opens opportunities for graduates to enter Public Health Nutrition, further research into food technology and epidemiology and non-clinical applications of nutritional knowledge.

What is the job market like for Nutritionists? 

The job market for tertiary educated Clinical Nutritionists has become more open in the last decade.  Both in corporate and private companies there are opportunities to work both nationally and internationally. Many Clinical Nutritionists choose private practice but they may also find employment in a number of other roles including quality and nutrition coordinators, social media, blogging, media spokesperson, research, public health and health promotion lecturing, food technology,  and more. Employment prospects, market growth and average salary for Nutritionists are available from JobOutlook:

How can I gain additional nutrition field related work experience?

Volunteer opportunities are a great way to broaden your skills and learn more about the application of nutrition principles across the broader community.  Nutrition Australia has local offices in each state to contact and discuss which opportunities may best suite your interests.


Bioceuticals offers an internship program that runs for eight weeks each year. This is a great way to gain experience across the process of regulation, formulating, and manufacturing of nutritional supplements. Visit:

Laura Sitter Nutrition offers opportunities for new nutrition graduates and current students who are looking to gain knowledge and industry experience working alongside a qualified, accredited nutritionist. The program includes clinical experience observing consultations, assisting in food plan preparation and case analysis as well as learning the logistics of starting your own business – marketing, social media, practitioner connections and the legal requirements for you as a qualified nutritionist to start practicing. Visit:

Other organisation are available for volunteer opportunities. Contact your local council and find out about the local volunteer resource centre. You could also contact;

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, please contact your Course and Career Adviser for additional information.


Phone: 1300 575 803 (within Australia)

Phone: +61 8 8113 7800 (International)