Applied Human Nutrition Major

Applied Human Nutrition

Why Applied Human Nutrition?

Food is essential to our culture and health.

In Applied Human Nutrition, you’ll learn how human nutrition can be used to maintain health and prevent disease. You’ll also dive into the complex individual and social behaviours relating to food and how these behavioural factors influence nutrition habits throughout the lifespan. Using this theoretical knowledge, you’ll be well-equipped to translate the latest evidence into practical programs and policies.

Students in the AHN program may also be interested in studying Food Science, Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

How Food Influences Our Lives

 Explore Biological and Societal Facets of Nutrition

Focus on the biological and societal aspects of nutrition from preventive, maintenance and therapeutic perspectives throughout your studies and experiential work.

 Go Beyond the Classroom

Apply nutrition theory through a field experience course, build research skills with a research internship, learn how to run a restaurant or put your own theories to the test with an undergraduate thesis.

 Begin Your Journey Towards Becoming a Registered Dietitian

The area of emphasis in dietetics is accredited under the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice and prepares you to compete for a dietetic internship upon graduation and eventually become a Registered Dietitian.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Applied Human Nutrition?

Graduates from the University of Guelph Applied Human Nutrition program are prepared for a variety of health and education careers in the government or private sectors, or within the food industry. Others may proceed to graduate study in fields such as nutrition, public health nutrition, medicine or education.

Here are just a few careers our AHN program graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Registered dietitian
  • Fitness consulting
  • Food policy analyst
  • Research
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Dietitian
  • Community Food Worker
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Nutrition Education Specialist
Nicholas poses for a photo in the bod pod, an enclosed white oval with a glass window.
My practicums included working with the University's Wellness Education Centre; they developed my peer support, teamwork and communication abilities and allowed me to use equipment and tools that I'll use in my career. My goal is to become a social worker and these skills will be very useful in my career path.

Nicholas Carrol
Applied Human Nutrition

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