If empowering people to improve their health and wellbeing appeals to you, consider a rewarding career in nutrition. The Certificate of Human Nutrition will provide you with the knowledge to develop and share your passion for healthy eating.
This online food and nutrition course will equip you with a healthy eating framework to develop or advance your career in nutrition. You will explore the biology of the human digestive system and gain an understanding of the nutritional value of foods and how food is processed by the body.
You will also discover micro and macronutrients and new ideas for recommended daily intakes and the impact of food preparation on nutritional value.
This online professional development program will also give you an understanding of nutrition and health disorders, including lactose intolerence, Coeliac disease and food allergies, as well as the impact of food on mental health and psychological wellbeing.
The Certificate of Human Nutrition is ideal for those interested in a career or business in the food or nutrition industry, including but not limited to health food retail, fitness centre, medical service, nutrition consultancy, as well as food writing, blogging and food marketing.
This program will also provide you with an opportunity to improve your own health and wellbeing by gaining a better understanding of food and nutrition across the lifespan.
Unit 1 – Introduction to nutrition
Important factors in nutrition
Ingredients and cooking methods
Major food groups
Food allergies and Intolerance introduction
Unit 2 – The digestive system
The alimentary canal- muscular structures
Accessory digestive organs
Digestive tract linings
Unit 3 – Absorption and enzymes
Physical and Mechanical breakdown
Understanding biochemical breakdown
Absorption – anatomical adaptations for absorption
The Urinary System
Physiology of the urinary system
Skin and sweat glands
Unit 4 – Energy value of foods
The science of nutrition
Energy value in foods
Basal metabolic rate
Unit 5 – Carbohydrates and fats
Types of carbohydrates – monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides
Carbohydrates in the diet
Carbohydrates in the body
Fats and fat biochemistry
Fats in the diet
Fats in the body
Unit 6 – Proteins
Uses in the body
Recommended protein intakes
Nuts and Seeds
Beef, Poultry and Fish (meat structure)
Eggs and Dairy
Proteins in the diet
Proteins in the body
Unit 7 – Vitamins and minerals
The recommended daily allowance
The dietary reference intake
Summary of vitamins
Fat soluble vitamins
Water soluble vitamins
The calcium debate
Unit 8 – Water
Water in the body (function)
Water loss and chronic dehydration
Unit 9 – Nutrient disorders
Selected digestive system disorders
Cholesterol, heart disease and atherosclerosis
Problems with nutrition
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application. Fees Apply.
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.