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Course summary

Grow your knowledge of sustainable food production and holistic health with the Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition. This course will enhance your understanding of organic food systems and the relationship of organics to nutrition. It will develop your knowledge, skills and practice in organic farming, sustainable and ethical food systems as well as the produce journey, and the connection of organic food with health. You will develop skills in critically evaluating scientific evidence, debate ethical and legal standards in organic food production, and discuss the roles that plants and animals play in human and soil health.

The Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition will demonstrate to employers, clients and colleagues your abilities across the scope of practice relating to organic principles and food production for holistic health and wellbeing. As a graduate, you will be equipped with innovative knowledge to help meet growing consumer demands for quality support to achieve their wellness aspirations.

This qualification also provides a pathway for further study at a Masters or Doctoral level.

DurationLocationStudy Period

32wks P

Online1, 4, 5
DurationLocationStudy Period

32wks P

Online4, 5

The course offers a holistic approach to studying organic food systems and the relationship of organics to nutrition.

You will explore the principles of organic food production and getting organic produce from the farm to the table; investigate the health and medicinal benefits of plants and animals as they relate to organic foods; and learn about the systems, laws and regulations of the organics food industry. You will have the opportunity to take a research-informed approach and develop your ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence in relation to organic food and nutrition.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Using evidence-based methods, demonstrate skills of scholarly investigation, critical analysis, and synthesis.


Practise creative and adaptive thinking to problem-solve challenges in a range of organic food and nutrition contexts.

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and the principles of social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Act with integrity, fairness and responsibility.

Knowledge of a discipline

Integrate broad and multidisciplinary knowledge(s) in organic nutrition, food systems and pathways, and other food-health related studies.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate a high level of autonomy, self-reflection and responsibility in self-directed work and learning.

Communication and social skills

Communicate ideas and concepts in a clear and balanced way.

Work collaboratively with other practitioners, clients or stakeholders.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural diversity, Indigenous Australian food systems, and the relationship between people, food and the environment.

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and connect with the types of learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole. Assessment tasks may include essays, reports, case studies, online tasks, examinations and presentations.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Some units provide the opportunity for field trips to experience organic farming principles in practice.

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge from this qualification across a wide range of professions, including in organics food production, in health education and practice, and in policy at different levels of government.

The Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition also provides a pathway for further study at a Masters or Doctoral level.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'