Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise)


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Program Description

  • 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.*

*Results in Public Health and Health Services - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)


Study 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.

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.

Degree structure

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

First year

  • Critical Approaches to Online Learning
  • Foundations of Health and Physical Activity
  • Foundations of Human Biology 1
  • Health and Society
  • Foundations of Human Biology 2
  • Lifespan Growth and Motor Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Foundations of Nutrition and Health

Second year

  • Body in Motion 1
  • Human Nutrition
  • Theory of Exercise Testing and Prescription 1
  • Nutrition and Exercise Biochemistry
  • Body in Motion 2
  • Theory of Exercise Testing and Prescription 2
  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • Elective

Third year

  • Food Safety, Quality and Security
  • Professional Communication to Work in the Health Industry
  • Psychology of Exercise, Sport and Health
  • Project Management for Health and Wellness
  • Food as Medicine
  • Nutrition for Exercise and Performance
  • Applications in Nutrition and Exercise
  • Elective

Study Nutrition and Exercise 100% online

Dr Evangeline Mantzioris, Lecturer in Nutrition: School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences and Dr Negin Mirriahi, Academic Developer: UniSA Online gives 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.

Why a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Exercise)

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 a 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.

UniSA Online's 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

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; 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.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]

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 - 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.

How to apply

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

1. Submit an online enquiry

If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to begin your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

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 the required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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Last updated Sep 2020

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