La Trobe University

Master of Dietetic Practice

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

The Master of Dietetic Practice is a two-year full-time degree that aims to give students with a relevant undergraduate degree the opportunity to obtain a professional qualification as a dietitian. The course provides a background in individual case management, clinical dietetic practice, community and public health nutrition and food service management, with a focus on evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics. Dietitians have a key role in the nutrition management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergy and intolerance. Dietitians are active in the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. They may work independently or as members of health care teams. Dietitians are also involved in research, food industry and health services management.

Structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Dietetic Practice, students must complete 240 credit points consisting of: 240 core credit-points

Subjects

  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Dietetic Practice Skills
  • Dietetic Practice Theory and Case Management A
  • Epidemiology and Research Methods
  • Food Science and Food Skills
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Nutrition Counselling
  • Nutrition Education

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Note: Each subject must be equivalent to at least 0.125 Effective Full-time Study Unit (EFTSU). Prerequisite subjects specified to be at second year tertiary level or higher must be at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 6 or higher or equivalent.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Specialisation - compulsory: Biochemistry studies must have included fundamentals of molecular biology, protein structure and function, cellular metabolism and regulation, energy and macronutrient metabolism.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Specialisation - compulsory: Nutrition science must have included macronutrients and micronutrients (food sources, metabolism, storage and function), principles of energy balance, nutrient analysis of foods and aetiology of nutrition-related diseases.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Specialisation - compulsory: Physiology studies must have included systemic physiology and/or pathophysiology, including homeostatic mechanisms and at least six of the following eight systems: body defences (immune system), gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Subject prerequisites in the Bachelor's degree or postgraduate course, or taken as single subject (non-award) studies are: Two full semester subjects of chemistry at first year tertiary level followed by two full semester subjects of biochemistry at second year tertiary level or higher.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Subject prerequisites in the Bachelor's degree or postgraduate course, or taken as single subject (non-award) studies are: Two full semester subjects of food and nutrition science at any tertiary level.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Subject prerequisites in the Bachelor's degree or postgraduate course, or taken as single subject (non-award) studies are: Two full semester subjects of human biology at first year tertiary level followed by two full semester subjects of human physiology at second year tertiary level or higher.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in a health or science related area, completed within the last five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience).
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 70% Additional Information regarding WAM and Early Conditional Offers
  • International: IELTS - 7.0 < 7.0 - 7.0 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 7.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website: latrobe.edu.au/courses

Recognition

The Master of Dietetic Practice has provisional accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Graduates of the Master of Dietetic Practice may apply for membership with the DAA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne International: $87,200 No
  • Full-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Melbourne.

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Nov 26 2021

Further information

No deferral is available for this course. Classes, placement attendance and/or assessments may take place outside of the normal teaching periods for semester 1 and semester 2. Applicants may be required to undertake a bridging program prior to the commencement of the course, depending on content and scope of prior study.

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