Masters

There is no better place to start your nutrition and dietetics journey than here at Monash University. With our Masters of Dietetics, you can enjoy an education that is flexible and internationally recognised, equipping you with the necessary skills to excel in your dream career. By the end of our Masters program, you can expect to be provided with a comprehensive education that prepares you for future roles in nutrition and dietetic practice in a variety of workplace settings. The course integrates academic teaching and learning with food and nutrition knowledge, clinical dietetics, population health, food service, research and management skills; and is undertaken in both the university and professional practice settings including hospitals and public health agencies.

This program is currently provisionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). A graduate of this program is eligible to become a full member of DAA and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. The University is required to maintain a current accreditation status as outlined in the DAA accreditation process.

Why study a Masters of Dietetics with Monash

As a Monash student you will:

  • Learn from award winning educators. Our teaching team is one of the best in Australia
  • Work with the community to solve real nutrition problems, having real world impact
  • Become an advocate for nutrition from the moment you enrol as a student
  • Gain the practical skills required to be successful in your nutrition career through hands on learning in our kitchens, student clinic and placement opportunities including Monash Health, Eastern Health, Peninsula Health, and the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Become eligible to register as an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia when you graduate

Course structure

The Masters of Dietetics 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 placements providing opportunities for you to gain knowledge and skills in clinical practice; food service, and community and public health nutrition. 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.

Structure

The course is structured in 3 parts:

Part A. Foundational studies for dietetics

Part B. Evidence based dietetics, planning and treatment

Part C. Dietetic practice

NOTE: All students complete Parts B and C. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.

For specific information on the course structure, view the course handbook here.

As a graduate

As a graduate, your opportunities are endless. Graduates are eligible for accreditation by the Dietitians Association of Australia. A graduate of a program accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is eligible to become a DAA member with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. APDs are required to undertake prescribed levels of professional development each year and comply with the DAA Code of Professional Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice. Eligibility for APD status, or current APD status is a prerequisite of many dietetic positions in Australia. APD status is required for a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs provider number and for provider status with many private health insurers

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia. Applications are considered by the NSA Council from individuals with a suitable qualification in nutrition.

Our commitment to international students

Monash Nutrition is committed to support international students in settling into the Australian education system so their study experience can be maximised. A unique support group is in place for international / culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students to ensure a smooth transition to Australian culture while making sense of what they learn to career options in Australia and back-home.

The Monash Nutrition International / CALD Student Mentoring Support Group Program supports this transition through specific activities with an experienced mentor; provides an opportunity to practice spoken English; and allows students to increase their Western culture and Australian food knowledge. In addition to face-to-face support, the program provides an online community and resources covering areas such as strategies to improve English; getting to know a broad range of Australian foods; and career related information in Australia and abroad.

All students will be required to obtain a Police Check, Working with Children Check and complete immunisation requirements as per Faculty Policy.

This course requires students to undertake off-campus supervised practice placement.

Immunisation and Infection Risk

If you are undertaking clinical placements within a Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences course, you must comply with procedures to minimise the risk of cross-infection of communicable diseases during your training. Compliance with these procedures can take time, so once you have accepted a place in the course, we recommend that you start the process in readiness for clinical placements. First year Nutrition and Dietetics students at Clayton must read the Faculty’s Immunisation and Infection Risk documents.

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