University Of Otago Nutrition

Human Nutrition covers all the areas that have an impact on health as influenced by food. It involves knowledge of food and the function of its nutrients.

Human Nutrition at Otago leads innovative learning, teaching and research focused on positive nutritional impact on society and individuals.

We are the only Human Nutrition department in New Zealand to offer a Sport and Exercise Nutrition programme together with a diverse range of courses including international nutrition and foodservice management. We are the most established dietetic educator, being the first to offer a university-based dietetics programme.

We are also the World Health Organisation collaborating centre for the Western Pacific region.

Studying with us equips you to enter health care professions, and for careers in the food and food service industries, with sporting bodies and in government and national health organisations.


  • Sports Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Minors
  • Foodservice


  • Sports Nutrition
  • Human Nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • PhD
  • Distance


  • International
  • Sport and Exercise
  • Chronic Disease
  • Lifecycle Nutrition
  • Our People


  • Food cost survey
  • Dietitian Clinic
  • Consultancy
  • Schools/Community

Study Nutrition With Us

The study of human nutrition covers all the areas that have an impact on health as influenced by food. It involves:

  • knowledge of food and food products as sources of nutrients
  • nutrition for health throughout life
  • international nutrition – developing countries
  • food for sports performance
  • nutrition for health and disease
  • nutrient requirements
  • the digestion and absorption of food and the metabolism of nutrients
  • the management of foodservice

Nutrition as an Undergraduate

The three specific Undergraduate Degrees you can enrol in include:

  • BSc Majoring in Human Nutrition
  • BAppSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • BBiomedSc Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health

Nutrition as a Postgraduate

As a Postgraduate Student there are a number of options to choose from that focus in Human Nutrition. These range from a Diploma for Graduates through to a Doctor of Philosophy.

Find out more about the postgraduate opportunities and potential research projects in Human Nutrition.

Distance Learning

We offer distance-learning opportunities for New Zealand-resident professionals in the healthcare and education sectors without a background in human nutrition, but with a strong background in biological or health sciences.

Find out more about distance learning.

Other useful links

Information regarding Scholarships
Information for International Students