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MSc Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

The Master of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences focuses on physical activity and diet as powerful lifestyle determinants of human health. The interaction between genetics and environmental factors ultimately determines the health of an individual. Lifestyle is a major component of our environment that can be modified to affect human health.  

The MSc program offers advanced experiential learning opportunities in nutritional and nutraceutical sciences, general and exercise physiology, and biomechanics, with a focus on lifestyle, genetics, and human health.  

The program is ideal for those interested in aging, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, nutrition and exercise, biomechanics, metabolism, and neuroscience. Graduates end up careers in academia, industry, or professional practice, such as health care.

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Degree Details

The Master of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences is available as either a thesis (two-year program) or coursework and project (one-year program).  

Students can choose one of three specializations: 

  • Biomechanics 
  • Nutrition, Exercise, and Metabolism 
  • Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences 

Within the MSc thesis program, students must complete a minimum of 1.5 graduate credits and defend an acceptable thesis, which comprises an account of the student's research. Within the MSc coursework program, students must complete a minimum of 4.0 graduate credits, which include credits for research experience. 

Collaborative Specialization

Collaborative Specializations

Master of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Science students may also add a collaborative specialization in Toxicology, Neuroscience or One Health. A collaborative specialization is an intra-university graduate field of study that provides an additional multidisciplinary experience for students enrolled in and completing the degree requirements for an HHNS graduate program. 

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Research Strengths

Human Health and Nutritional Sciences has more than 25 faculty members specializing in a variety of research areas. These efforts are focused on understanding the basic underlying biological aspects of health, at the level of the individual, not community or populations. Research efforts are underway to better understand aging, neurological/sensory disorders, osteoarthritis, and chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type II diabetes, among many other topics. 

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We have AMAZING faculty for cardiovascular research, as well as nutrition, exercise and food science. If you're trying to choose universities and advisors, come drop by Guelph and chat to the professors, lab members, and support staff. You'll see the difference yourself and be able to make an informed decision!

Sidra Sarfaraz, Alumni
2019 MSc Human Health & Nutritional Sciences

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I am proud to be a graduate of Guelph. We strive for excellence and are pushing research frontiers. The graduate student community is also tightly knit, which creates a great sense of comradery. Specifically pertaining to my laboratory, we focused on improving the education of undergraduate students, working health-care professionals, and members of the community. Education has become a true passion of mine and I love to see a progression of my students' learning.

Ethan Danielli, Alumni
2018 MSc Human Heath & Nutritional Sciences

Choosing an Advisor

Check out Before You Apply for helpful advice on identifying and reaching out to faculty members.

Contact Us:

Dr. Stephen Brown, Graduate Program Coordinator
519-824-4120 ext. 53651

Mira Jashari, Graduate Program Assistant
519-824-4120 ext. 56356

Karen White, Graduate Admissions Assistant
519-824-4120 ext. 52730