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Are you passionate about health and nutrition and helping others to understand the relationship between them? The Master of Dietetics will enable you to pursue your dream of becoming dietitian, with the opportunity to become accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

In this postgraduate course you will develop the professional and personal qualities required for dietetic practice in a variety of workplace settings. On campus studies are combined with supervised professional practice placement providing opportunities for you to gain knowledge and skills in clinical practice; an understanding of population health food service, community nutrition and public health nutrition and management experience. Professional practice placements may be in an urban or rural setting.

The Master of Dietetics includes studies in:

  • Personal development and professional practice
  • Determinants and influences of public health and nutrition
  • Nutrition fundamentals of health and disease
  • Food: From science to systems.

You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop research skills and knowledge relevant to nutrition and dietetic practice underpinning each of the four core areas of the program.

This coursework only Masters degree will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop research skills in preparation for PhD entry.

Course structure

The course is structured in 2 parts. Part A. Foundational studies for dietetics and Part B. Evidence based dietetics, planning and treatment and C. Dietetic practice. All students complete Parts B and C.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]

Part A. Foundational studies for dietetics

These studies will provide you with an orientation to dietetics at the advanced undergraduate and early graduate level.  You will examine the nutrition and food science underpinning dietetics, consider population health in the context of nutrition and the Australian food supply, explore health behaviours and cultural competency, assessment of nutritional status, and the role of diet in the causation and treatment of chronic diseases that are endemic in westernised societies. These studies are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in nutrition science.

Part B. Evidence based dietetics, planning and treatment

These studies will provide you with the core knowledge and professional skills relevant to thoughtful, innovative and evidence-based dietetic practice and for accreditation with the Dietitian Association of Australia.  You will learn about a range of clinical conditions and diseases and develop skill in dietetic education and case management with a focus on person-centred care. This will include an understanding of issues relating to healthcare systems, services, management, ethics and quality improvement.

Part C. Dietetic practice

These studies will enable you to connect the theoretical components of your course with the practical aspects of dietetics practice including under the valuable guidance of practitioners.  Your research skills, dietetics knowledge and professional practice skills will be extended in practice contexts in preparation for entering the workforce.

Visit the Master of Dietetics page on the Monash University website for more details!






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