Overview of Our Graduate Programs

 FRAN Graduate Information Night!

This presentation provides information regarding University of Guelph and FRAN program specifics, how to apply, funding information and an opportunity to network with faculty and current graduate students. Please see here for the presentation.                                                                          

Applied Human Nutrition (MSc) (PhD)

The graduate programs in the field of Applied Human Nutrition draw on several perspectives in applied human nutrition, including those from the behavioural, biological, and social sciences and spans all age groups in its focus on the role of nutrition in health and well-being.    

Master of Applied Nutrition (MAN)

MAN is a professional advance practice degree program.  It is accredited by Dietitians of Canada as a dietetic internship program.   

Family Relations and Human Development (MSc) (PhD)

The Graduate program in the field of Family Relations and Human Development draws on several disciplines in the study of family dynamics and individual development within the context of the family across the life-span. The graduate programs take an interdisciplinary approach to research.  The programs emphasize a balance between theory, empirical research and practice.  

Couple and Family Therapy (MSc)

The MSc program in Couple and Family Therapy is an intensive program in theory, research, and practice, fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.   

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Interested in Graduate Studies in the Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition?

Degree Programs: Integrating Research and Practice

The Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition offers the following degree programs:

  • MSc with three fields of study in Applied Human Nutrition (MSc and PhD), Family Relations and Human Development (MSc and PhD) and Couple and Family Therapy
  • Masters of Applied Nutrition (MAN) 
  • PhD with two fields of study in Applied Human Nutrition and Family Relations & Human Development

Faculty interests and research programs provide for a range of thesis topics within each of these areas. The multidisciplinary faculty members represent education, family therapy, nutrition, psychology, sociology, and social work.  Faculty share a common interest in expanding and applying knowledge about nutrition, and/or family relations and human development, especially in relation to the economic, emotional, nutritional, psychological, and social well-being of individuals and families across the life cycle.  Three primary research themes cut across the entire department:  

  • HEALTH AND WELL BEING
  • PARENTING, PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
  • COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Special opportunities for research and clinical experience are available in the department's Couple and Family Therapy Centre (located at the back of MacDonald Hall) and the University of Guelph's Child Care and Learning Centre.  A computing facility is also available for graduate students and a research facility is available with labs for focus groups and telephone surveys.  Opportunities for research are also provided by many agencies in the community.