Human Nutrition

Welcome to Human Nutrition at StFX. With increasing public interest in nutrition, the field of nutrition and dietetic practice is expanding with new career opportunities emerging. Human Nutrition students at StFX 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.

Career Options

Depending upon the choice of courses, the Human Nutrition program prepares graduates for careers in areas such as dietetics (including clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food service and sports nutrition), education, health promotion, food service management, food science and industry positions, as well as entrepreneurship. Graduates may also pursue advanced study in human nutrition, food science, health promotion, adult education, business administration, health administration, medicine and other health science professions.

Students interested in pursuing a career in dietetics may apply to the StFX Integrated Dietetic Internship (IDI) Program accredited by Dietitians of Canada. Graduates may also qualify for entrance to a Dietitians of Canada approved graduate dietetic internship program

Degree Choices

The Human Nutrition program offers honours and advanced major programs for students wishing to develop their research skills by exploring a topic of current relevance. The Cooperative Education Program or Co-op Program offers the opportunity for students at StFX to gain real work experience. The Human Nutrition program is accredited by Dietitians of Canada and leads to a range of career options. With the appropriate course selection, nutrition students can apply for a 5th year in Human Kinetics and graduate with 2 degrees in 5 years.

Why StFX?

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 lab and community-based assignments and Service Learning.


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