Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition is about the effects on humans of consuming food (and drink).

Studying in this area involves learning about how food affects human growth and health.

This includes learning about 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' foods, malnutrition, obesity, food allergies, food safety, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Did you know?

Humans can survive for about 2-3 weeks without food, depending on how much muscle and body fat a person has.

Survival without water is only possible for about 3-4 days.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Nutritionist
  • Dietician
  • Health policy analyst
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


132% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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