Applied Human Nutrition (AHN)
Our specialized major in Applied Human Nutrition will prepare students to help others improve their lives through better nutrition. Statistics show the powerful effect that diet has on our lives. It is estimated that 50 per cent of cancers are related to diet. Our choice of food can also dramatically influence our chance of heart disease. In total, nutrition is an important factor in 7 out of 10 deaths in this country. Our major embraces both the biological and social aspects of human nutrition. Students examine nutrition from a preventive, maintenance and therapeutic perspective. Students will be eligible for $90,000 in awards and bursaries available to bachelor of applied science (B.A.Sc.) students.
This dietetic education program is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with provincial dietetics regulatory body. It will also prepare students to compete for a dietetic internship. Further information may be found at the following link: http://www.pdep.ca.
The Learning Approach
From the behavioural foundation of our eating habits to the role of nutrients in our bodies, this major will give students a thorough understanding of all aspects of human nutrition. Lectures lay out the theoretical groundwork. Labs allow students to apply their knowledge and scientifically test these theories. Seminar courses support the social science component of the student's curriculum and allow for small group discussions to explore topics of interest. Students may also take a field placement course in nutrition education which gives them an opportunity to apply their learning in the community. Opportunities to conduct an undergraduate honours thesis are also available. Our goal is to ensure that students are at the centre of their learning.
For more information, please consult the AHN Student Handbook
Potential Career Opportunities
If you find that you love to learn and are considering some form of post-graduate study to continue your education, visit the Thinking of Graduate School? link.
You may be wondering ''What is Dietetics?' This page will help you explore the diverse job opportunities for AHN students who complete a dietetic internship or a combined Masters practicum programs (e.g. Masters in Applied Nutrition), and pass the Canadian Dietetics Registration Examination.
If you are not interested in dietetics but still want to work in the area of food, nutrition and health, please visit the You love food and nutrition - now what? page that outlines various career options. Teacher training programs are another option discussed on this site.
In addition to the above links, this site will post profiles of Applied Human Nutrition graduates so you can see how career paths develop over time. Job postings outside of dietetics will be listed to give you a sense of the range of options available and the requirements or qualifications for these jobs.