Prospective Students

 

Direct Entry from High School: BSc Human Nutrition

With increasing public interest in food and health, human nutrition is a dynamic field with new career opportunities emerging. StFX Human Nutrition students graduate with a strong scientific background in foods and nutrition, combined with social science perspectives, communication skills and understandings of ways to effect individual and social change.

The BSc in Human Nutrition (HNU) is an applied science program which integrates core requirements in foods, nutrition and related areas with studies in biology, chemistry, statistics, business, humanities and social sciences. Students take foundational science, arts, food and nutrition courses in their first two years of study. Following year two, you may apply to the integrated professional dietetics program, a Co-op education program, an advanced major or an honours degree program. Alternatively, students can customize their course selections to meet requirements for other health professional degrees, education, or graduate degrees. Regardless of career focus, human nutrition students will develop strong skills in understanding scientific evidence, strategies for lifelong learning and practical skills required to address food and nutrition-related issues relevant to diverse population groups in a range of settings. Application of theory to practice and engagement in crucial reflection on the multifaceted aspects of nutrition and dietetic practice are encouraged throughout the curriculum. Human Nutrition graduates are well equipped to integrate, translate, and apply theory into practice to assist individuals, groups, and the population-at-large to achieve their food, nutrition, and health-related goals. Theory-based courses are supported by application and opportunities for experiential learning, such as through Service Learning.

 

Fast-track Dietetics Entry for Transfer Students

Students with previous university credits in science (especially biology/chemistry), business, or arts courses and an interest in food & nutrition may transfer into the BSc Human Nutrition degree program. Our academic advisors work closely with each student to maximize transfer credits and set you up for success. Depending on the numbers of credits previously obtained, transfer students may be able to complete the program in as little as 2 years and be eligible to apply for our integrated dietetics program or any other human nutrition program option. Contact hnu@stfx.ca today to get started!

First Year at a Glance

Human Nutriton, 6 credits

142 Introduction to Food & Health - learn about the science and art foundations for working in the broad field of food & nutrition.

145 Introduction to Foods (with Lab) - learn about the physical and chemical properties of foods while developing key food skills in the lab that are foundational for nutrition education.

Biology, 6 credits: Cell and Microbiology

Chemistry, 6 credits: Introductory Chemistry

Arts, 12 credits - explore courses in humanities & social sciences that will enable you to understand the behavioural, social, political and economic factors that impact our food choices and health-related behaviours. Options include sociology, psychology, development studies, economics, anthropology, modern languages, women & gender studies, history, and more!

 

Career Options

Depending upon the choice of courses, the Human Nutrition program prepares graduates for careers in areas such as dietetics, education, health promotion, food service management, and research and development in food and nutrition. Graduates may also pursue advanced study in human nutrition, food science, health promotion, adult education, business administration, health administration, medicine and other health sciences.

Students interested in pursuing a career in dietetics may apply to the St FX Integrated Dietetic Internship (IDI) Program. The BSc in Human Nutrition and IDI programs are nationally accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), designed to prepare students to achieve the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice, required for entry to practice. Graduates may also qualify for entrance to a Dietitians of Canada approved graduate dietetic internship program. Students pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetic practice are well equipped to integrate, translate, and apply theory into practice to assist individuals, groups, and the population-at-large to achieve their food, nutrition, and health-related goals. For more on the dietetic profession, please see Dietitians of Canada.

We strive to prepare graduates who are able to meet the diverse challenges of dietetic practice today in a changing society and health care system. This includes engaging in evidence–based dietetic practice directed to providing nutritional care to those who are living with nutrition-related illness across the life course. Our students also development an understanding of the role of policy development as it relates to nutrition within the context of disease prevention and health promotion. Current concerns related to health and social equity with heightened attention directed to understanding the impact of complex food production and distribution systems on health and wellness are increasingly considered in framing our academic program.

It is within this context and perspective on dietetic education that StFX’s Integrated Dietetic Internship Program aims to prepare dietitians for entry level practice.

 

Human Nutrition faculty members have background and expertise in areas reflecting multiple facets of human nutrition such as food science, metabolic aspects of nutrition, dietetic practice, community health and development, communications, and policy development. Faculty members are active researchers, strive for excellence in their teaching and contribute within their respective communities and fields of practice. Members have participated in a number of local, provincial and national nutrition and health policy initiatives.

 

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