Prospective Students

WELCOME to the DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN NUTRITION!

Mission Statement: To prepare students to contribute to a healthy and just society by advancing human nutrition in a range of roles and settings.

Vision Statement:The Department of Human Nutrition provides a quality applied science program in human nutrition relevant to society that actively engages students, faculty and staff in learning, research and service.



The B.Sc. in Human Nutrition (HNU) is a professional program which integrates core requirements in foods, nutrition and related areas with studies in biology, chemistry, statistics, business, humanities and social sciences. The study of nutrition and related subjects provides students with current knowledge, 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. The Department of Human Nutrition strives to provide students a high quality educational experience which integrates innovative teaching approaches respectful of different ways of learning, development of research skills, and opportunities to learn and serve through community outreach. Application of theory to practice and engagement in crucial reflection on the multifaceted aspects of nutrition and dietetic practice are encouraged throughout the curriculum. Theory-based courses are supported by application and opportunities for experiential learning, such as through Service Learning http://sites.stfx.ca/service_learning/

 

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 (click here). 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.

 

For admissions information, please click here.