Applied Human Nutrition (AHN)
Applied Human Nutrition (AHN) Major
Research has demonstrated the powerful effects of food on the lives of individuals and populations. Food choice can dramatically influence overall health and well-being and prevent the development of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. The AHN major embraces the biological, clinical and social aspects of human nutrition. You will have the unique opportunity to examine nutrition from multiple perspectives including preventative and therapeutic aspects.
Within the AHN major, you may choose to do an area of emphasis in dietetics (accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, and making you eligible to compete for post-graduate dietetics training) OR an optional minor.
The Learning Approach
From the behavioural foundation of our eating habits to the physiological role of nutrients in our bodies, this major will give you a thorough understanding of all aspects of human nutrition. Lectures lay out the theoretical groundwork. Labs allow you to apply your knowledge and scientifically test these theories. Seminar courses and other electives support the social science component of the curriculum and allow for small group discussions to explore topics of interest, and critically evaluate the scientific literature, global trends and nutrition policy. You may also take a field placement course in nutrition education (an opportunity to apply learning in different community settings), or an applied clinical skills course (interacting with simulated patients in a mock clinical setting). Opportunities to conduct an undergraduate honours thesis or to take a research internship course are also available.
Our goal is to ensure that you are at the centre of your learning. You will learn to:
AHN Major with Area of Emphasis in Dietetics
Dietetics is a regulated health profession, similar to nursing, speech pathology, physiotherapy, etc. Health care professionals who work in dietetics are registered dietitians (RD). To become an RD in Ontario, you must successfully:
Where Do Registered Dietitians Work?
Interested? For more information about the AHN major with area of emphasis in dietetics, check out the AHN Student Handbook
AHN Major with Optional Minor
This core degree in applied nutrition provides the opportunity for you to take a minor in a complementary discipline such as:
Potential Career Opportunities with a Degree in AHN (*some of the following require additional schooling/training)
Interested in Nutrition Research?
If you love learning about nutrition or want to explore nutrition from a research perspective, consider taking the research internship course (FRHD*3500), or doing an undergraduate honours thesis (NUTR*4810 and NUTR*4910). Either of these experiences can help you figure out whether graduate school (MSc, PhD) is right for you. Curious about grad school? Click here for more information.