Welcome to FRAN

The Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, known around the University as 'FRAN', is an interdisciplinary unit focusing on human health and development in diverse communities. The Department has existed under a variety of names since 1903 and is one of the founding departments of the University of Guelph. Since its inception, the Department has been interdisciplinary in pursuit of its mandate to respond to the evolution of contemporary issues affecting families in their social contexts. To learn more about the history of FRAN and the Macdonald Institute, visit the Then and Now page.

There are many exciting projects and opportunities within FRAN, including the Bachelor of Applied Science for undergraduate students, with majors in Adult Development, Applied Human Nutrition, and Child, Youth & Family. At the graduate level, we offer MSc and PhD programs in both Applied Human Nutrition, and Family Relations & Human Development, as well as the only MSc Couple and Family Therapy program in Canada accredited by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. For those students wishing to become Registered Dietitians, we offer the Master of Applied Nutrition, an internship-based program fully accredited by Dietitians of Canada. 

The department's research is equally wide-ranging, encompassing both theoretical and applied research. Faculty and graduate student research impacts professional practice, social and health policy, and the design of interventions and preventative strategies. We are delighted to have a Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender & Relationships, as well as the Jarislowsky Chair in Families & Work in the department. 

If you would like any additional information about FRAN and our activities, please contact us