Human nutrition and dietetics

The science of human nutrition encompasses all interactions between dietary nutrients and the human body. By studying how individual food components are digested, absorbed, metabolised and utilised, we can understand their effects on genes, cells, organs and the whole person. Deliberate manipulation of these food interactions can lead to improved health.

Dietetics is the clinical application of nutritional science to individuals and groups in health and various states of disease.

Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

Nutrition is increasingly relevant in today’s society and with a Massey nutrition degree you will be equipped for a career where you can make a difference to your community and country.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study in human nutrition and dietetics offers students the chance to explore in-depth the importance of nutrition for optimal health and disease prevention. 

Nutrition - our grads

Our graduates

A wide range of career opportunities awaits human nutrition and dietetics graduates. There are many fields in which you can use your skills to ensure that New Zealanders – and people all over the world – are healthy.

Jane C


Our research covers a broad range of areas, including public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutritional physiology.

DXA machine


We have a range of facilities for study and research, including the only two Bod Pods in New Zealand, and DXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) equipment for measuring bone density and body composition.

Louise Brough and Pea Pod

Our staff

Our team of highly qualified staff has specialist interests ranging from public health nutrition and nutrition through the lifecycle to cellular mechanisms and nutrient metabolism.

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