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January, April, June, September

3 year(s) full-time


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10 - 15 hours per week per course

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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)



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, engage with content from day one of your course, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

Take your passion for nutrition and exercise to the next level. This is a unique degree for students who want to build their skills in two highly complementary fields.

Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to living a healthy life.

Through theoretical and practical learning, you’ll gain specialised knowledge 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. We provide 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

With a focus on real-world learning, you’ll work on projects that can be implemented in a community or workplace – this is your chance to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of those around you.

Explore the latest cutting-edge developments in nutrition and exercise, and learn from experienced practitioners with real-world knowledge of industry trends.

Gain a solid foundation in all aspects of exercise and nutrition, so that you graduate ready to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing of the community.

Your dual skill set is a powerful combination in demand by industry professionals.

With many decades of experience in exercise science and nutrition education, you’ll benefit from our long-standing history and will learn from our expert academics and researchers who are leaders in their field.

Your career


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 lifestyle adviser: 
    Assist individuals and communities to improve health and optimise performance; coach people to identify and respond to psychological challenges in relation to healthy eating and exercise; support individuals to set and review goals on a regular basis
  • Corporate health adviser:
    Oversee and manage the day to day functions of an organisation’s well-being program; develop strategic wellness initiatives to reduce health risk, encourage healthy lifestyles, and maximise return on investment; identify opportunities to weave mental, physical and well-being into the organisational culture.
  • Health promotion officer:
    Plan and develop policies, strategies and projects for promoting 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.
  • Health researcher:
    Research health trends within community groups; develop and implement new research procedures in order to improve various methods of public health research; find root causes for different public health hazards or risks that may adversely affect a population; and develop solutions that can mprove the overall health of the community.
  • Community development officer:
    Identify community skills, assets, issues and needs; develop new resources and services in collaboration with the community; evaluate existing programs; help to raise awareness on issues relevant to the community and needs; encourage participation in activities; and build links with other groups and agencies.
  • Health policy analyst:
    Research and data to show the effects of existing policies across various demographic groups, and assess effectiveness of proposed health care policies; use advanced statistical analysis and modelling to assess potential short and long term effects of health policy on communities.
  • Product development adviser: develop new and innovative health related products and services that improve the health and wellbeing of others; oversee all facets of the development process, ensuring timelines, budgets, regulatory compliance, product safety are maintained at all times; ensure all product development activities are commercially viable; and stay-up-to-date with insights and trends in the industry.

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, March, June and September
  • Learn in bite-sized 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
  • One minute online credit check

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

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, we’re ranked in the top ten in Australia for online students who find full time employment1.

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.

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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 to help with your studies

Every UniSA Online student will have have access to dedicated support by our Student Adviser team, who have specific knowledge about the degree you're enrolled in. It’s what makes the UniSA Online study experience unique from other online providers. You can be confident that by studying with UniSA Online, you’ll be supported by people who genuinely care about your success.

Online tutor support seven days a week

UniSA Online tutors are available to answer your questions seven days a week – even on week nights. Our tutors specialise in online teaching, and will provide highly personalised support tailored to your needs. They’ll provide guidance on your assignments, as well as provide advice on writing and referencing. If you’ve got a question related to your course, you can expect to receive a response in 24 hours.

24/7 tech support

You don’t need to be a tech expert to study online. Our IT Help Desk are on available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, connection to UniSA wireless, student email and other UniSA Apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support via a range of channels including online enquiry, email and phone.

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.

Student services

Industry facts


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


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


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

Discover the effects that food, nutrition, health and exercise have on the biological, psychological and social aspects of life.

You’ll understand diets and lifestyles for optimum health and the associations between nutrient intake, energy output and obesity.

You’ll also learn how to manage and improve nutrition and diet related to physical activity and lifestyle changes, and 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.



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
UO Body in Motion 1 (HLTH 2032)
UO Human Nutrition (HLTH 2035)
UO Body in Motion 2 (HLTH 2033)
Elective 1
, Note(s): 1 , Rule(s): 2
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)

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 - 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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Portrait image for Ysabella Van Sebille

Ysabella Van Sebille

Online Course Facilitator


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 request a call back, continue your application or save it for later.

  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.

That’s it! Once you hit submit, your application will be assessed within three business days.

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