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Help create a healthier world through nutrition and dietetics

If you have an interest in health and nutrition, and the ability to communicate with people, an exciting career is open to you in nutrition and dietetics – the science of how the food we eat affects our lives.

For the first time in human history, there are more overfed than underfed people in the world. With changing lifestyles and an ageing population, chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes are increasingly common.

Nutritionists and dietitians apply their skills and knowledge to work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy.

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Study nutrition and dietetics at Griffith

Unlock your potential with good nutrition

Our degree will educate you in the role of nutrition in good health, and the science behind food from the paddock to plate. It's designed to give you in-depth understanding of food and the way the human body uses it.

You’ll study in the purpose-built $150 million Griffith Health Centre which, operating in tandem with the 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital across from our campus, creates a health hub with a dedicated focus on study, employment and research. You’ll learn about food science and therapeutic diet preparation in state of the art facilities, like our large teaching kitchen.

You’ll develop your skills in nutrition assessment and patient counselling with the opportunity to apply them in our dedicated Nutrition and Dietetics Clinic that offers services to the general public.

Practical experience is woven into our degree, with clinical placements up to 20 weeks in duration in public and private hospitals, community health organisations, aged care, private practice, population health units and key non-government organisations.

Our degree has a national and international reputation for quality and teaching innovation. You’ll learn from supportive, award-winning educators, with plenty of practical experience in nutrition and dietetics.

You’ll graduate with the tools to apply the science of human nutrition, and help people understand the relationship between food and health.

Roshan Rigby

Roshan has been interested in health and fitness for as long as she can remember. She grew up playing touch football and represented Queensland in the sport when she was a high school student on the Gold Coast, her home town.

She went on to complete a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith and is continuing with the University as a PhD candidate. She is using her own passion to help other people through research.

Heidi Neil

Griffith nutrition and dietetics graduate

Looking after the nutrition and dietary needs of patients with a variety of conditions is all in a day's work for dietitian Heidi Neil. Heidi was selected for the New Graduate Dietitian position at Mater Hospital in Brisbane after graduating with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honours. 'Here I provide nutrition support, education and counselling for a variety of conditions. I really enjoyed studying my degree, right from foundation health year learning about anatomy and physiology and biological systems. The second half of my final year involved 20 weeks of professional placement, where I then put all the theoretical knowledge I learned over the four years at Griffith into practice. I saw a wide variety of cases in different healthcare settings, which made the transition into my new graduate position a little less daunting.'

Heidi Neil

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Career outcomes

Job opportunities in private, business or community sectors

Griffith graduates find employment with food industry companies, consulting laboratories, public and private hospitals, government organisations and regulatory bodies

There's a rising community interest in nutrition and health, and a growing need for specialists in these fields.

You'll have the knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of populations and the sustainability of the environment.

With your in-demand qualifications, you'll be sought for positions including:

  • Clinical dietitian
  • Private practice
  • Health service management
  • Community health services
  • Health promotion and public health units
  • Consultancy
  • Research
  • Education
  • Sports nutrition

Your skills will also be transferrable to fields such as public relations, marketing, communications, media, policy development and information technology.

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Wednesday 29 April — Thursday 30 April

Parent and Student Information Webinars

We understand that high school students and their families have many questions about the transition to tertiary study. Register for one of our online webinars and get the right advice from our expert study advisers to support your child's journey to university.

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival - CANCELLED

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Thursday 27 August — Thursday 27 August

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Friday 9 October — Saturday 10 October

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

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