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Start Date
January, April, June, September

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
Online

Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code
XBNE

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Full-time or part-time

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Key features

  • Take a holistic learning approach to nutrition and exercise
  • Build your skills in two highly complementary fields
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to support community health and wellbeing through physical activity and good nutrition
  • Be guided by experts and world-class researchers who are at the forefront of new discoveries in exercise and food sciences
  • UniSA’s research in the area of health sciences is recognised as well above world-standard.*

*2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study On Demand – a 100% online nutrition and exercise degree designed specifically for online learning. Take full control over your study - access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

With the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, as well as an ageing population, health practitioners who have expertise in both nutrition and exercise are highly sought after.

Take your passion for nutrition and exercise to the next level and study a unique degree that builds your skills in two highly complementary fields. With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll leave with specialised knowledge and practical skills to promote nutrition and exercise for preventative health, while developing the skills to inspire a healthy and more active society.

The flexibility of this degree puts you in control of when and where you study. As a UniSA Online student, you'll receive personalised and extended-hour support so you have the best chance to succeed and thrive in your studies.

Study Nutrition and Exercise on Demand

Dr Evangeline Mantzioris, Lecturer in Nutrition: School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and Dr Negin Mirriahi, Academic Developer: UniSA Online give an insight into what the Nutrition and Exercise degree is about, and how the degree has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

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Why Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise)

Why this Degree

Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to living a healthy life. Health practitioners with a dual skill set in these two important areas of health are in demand.

In this degree, you'll develop expert knowledge on national physical activity and dietary guidelines, as well as current and emerging trends in the industry. In addition to building skills in health evaluation, project management and biological sciences, you'll also explore relationships between individuals and society that lead to population health patterns.

As a graduate, you'll come out with the skills to interpret scientific research and analyse quantitative and qualitative data to translate science into practical eating and exercise advice.

This degree allows you to put your knowledge into practice - you’ll work on projects that have the potential to make a difference to the health and well-being of those around you. 

Our teaching staff come with many decades of experience in exercise science and nutrition education. As a student, you'll learn from expert academics and researchers who are leaders in their field.

Your career

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As a health professional, your career opportunities are extremely varied. There are many opportunities for health professionals in federal, state and local government, the not-for-profit sector, private enterprise and at a very grass-roots level in community agencies. You could also work in health agencies, hospitals, universities and health research institutes.

You may decide to specialise in a certain area like workplace health, community development, alcohol and drug abuse, smoking or teenage pregnancy – or you may decide to work with particular client groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities or high performing athletes.

A UniSA Online Nutrition and Exercise degree can help you pursue the following careers:

  • Health and wellness lifestyle adviser – provide advice related to diet and nutrition, exercise, and general health and wellbeing, in a variety of settings, and to a diverse range of community groups and individuals including children, the elderly, expecting mothers, and athletes; support individuals to set and review goals on a regular basis; identify and apply best practice behavioural strategies to help individuals achieve their health goals; and coach people to identify and respond to psychological challenges in relation to healthy eating and exercise.

  • Nutrition and exercise consultant - help assess and increase an individual’s fitness, sporting performance and general health; apply evidence-based approaches for weight management; and understand nutritional, environmental and sociocultural influences on health and body weight; stay up-to-date with the latest scientific research in nutrition and exercise, and offer advice consistent with the National Physical Activity Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

  • Corporate health and wellness adviser - possess a high level of knowledge regarding contemporary Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) practices and risk management protocols; contribute to workplace wellness initiatives and programs; provide advice to senior management on issues involving health, safety and wellness; and identify opportunities to weave mental, physical and well-being into the organisational culture.

  • Health promotion officer – plan and develop policies, strategies and projects that promote health at a local, regional or national level; develop the health awareness of individuals, groups and organisations; run community training courses and workshops; write and produce leaflets, posters, videos and brochures to aid health promotion in different environments; and ensure work is underpinned by up-to-date knowledge of health promotion theory.

  • Active and healthy ageing adviser – promote, build and support the health and well-being of older people; identify and promote effective active and healthy ageing programs and strategies; disseminate evidence, research and data relevant to active and healthy ageing; and work with local government, community organisations, peak bodies, health providers and sporting organisations to build and support age-friendly environments relevant to older people.

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • 24/7 access to learning resources
  • Online student support services seven days a week
  • All content available from the start of your course
  • Flexible around your life
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

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Our graduates get jobs

You will be studying with a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career, or take it to the next level. In fact, UniSA undergraduates studying online have graduate employment rates well above the national average1.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

 1Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online tutor support seven days a week

Our tutors specialise in online teaching and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. Along with guidance on assignments, they’ll provide advice on writing and referencing. If you have a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response within 24 hours. Tutors are available seven days a week, including weeknights.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

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What others are saying

"LearnOnline is great. It is so easy to navigate through, ensuring finding what you need is easy. I found the course forum very useful in discussing ideas with my fellow students and getting encouragement and validation (that I am on the right track) from the course staff."

Dani Kline

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise)

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Dani Kline

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise)

Industry facts

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Employment for health therapy professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 21,600 (25.2 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Healthcare and social assistance is a strongly growing industry. As Australia's largest employing industry it employs more than 1.5 million and accounts for 13 per cent of workers1.

1ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Our nutrition and exercise degree explores the latest cutting-edge developments in health. 

Discover the effects that food, nutrition, health and exercise have on the biological, psychological and social aspects of life. Explore diets and lifestyles for optimum health and the associations between nutrient intake, energy output and obesity. You’ll also learn how nutrition and diet affect physical activity and lifestyle changes, as well as how to maximise physical performance for healthy active people. 

Some of the courses you’ll study include:

  • Professional Communication to work in the Health Industry
  • Psychology of Exercise, Sport and Health
  • Nutrition for Exercise and Performance
  • Health Promotion & Project Management for Health and Wellness
  • Food as Medicine

You can tailor your degree to your interests and broaden your career prospects through your choice of electives. You can select two electives from a range of UniSA Online degrees.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.

We have some great tools that will help you organise your study schedule. Your personalised learning planner allows you to keep on top of assessments and study workload while managing work and personal commitments.

Assessment

Assessment

All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports


What courses you'll study

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

Second year
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UO Body in Motion 1 (HLTH 2032)
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UO Human Nutrition (HLTH 2035)
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UO Body in Motion 2 (HLTH 2033)
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Elective 1
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UO Lifespan Nutrition (BIOL 2060)

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java, and in some cases Flash (devices running on Apple's iOS operating system, such as iPads, iPhones, do not run Flash)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to Lynda.com - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Skype for Business, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

Online Course Facilitator

After completing my doctorate, with research centered on gastrointestinal toxicities of cancer treatment, I have been teaching and developing online education courses for health sciences. My work in this arena, along with my volunteer roles and research output have resulted in multiple awards, including the South Australian Young Achiever of the Year in Science and Technology. I am passionate about innovative and engaging pedagogical practices, along with ensuring quality education is accessible for all.

Ysabella Van Sebille

Online Course Facilitator

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How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility
    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Receive your conditional offer
    Once you complete the eligibility checker, you’ll receive an email with your conditional offer to start studying with UniSA Online. It will have all the information you need to complete your application.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents
    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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