Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences - Human Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Program description

The Human Nutritional Sciences program includes foundation courses in basic sciences, fundamental courses in metabolic and applied nutrition, and applied courses in food utilization and management with an overall emphasis in human nutrition in any of the options that are available. Students will master key competencies in specializations in nutrition, foods or the food industry. All students receive a solid theoretical foundation in both food and nutritional sciences. Topics of study include energy and exercise, nutrients and nutritional supplements, food labels and health claims, diet and disease prevention, nutrient metabolism and disease states, nutrient requirements and diet evaluation, nutrition education and dietary change, and food quality and ingredient technology. 

Program options

Degree options
B.Sc. (HNS) Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences - 4 years

A second degree option is available for students who have completed other degrees and wish to pursue specializations in dietetic preparation, human nutrition, or foods. This program is 60 credit hours but may take more than two academic years to complete due to course prerequisites.

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting Courses
  • Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals 
  • Nutrition & the Elderly
  • Maternal & Child Nutrition
  • Nutrition Management of Disease States
  • Food Quality Evaluation
  • Sensory Evaluation of Food
  • Food Product Development
  • Culture and Food Patterns
  • Nutrition Through the Life Cycle 
Each option provides students with the opportunity to complete a practicum course in a setting related to the field of study. Students will interact with professionals in the field, completing projects related to an area of academic interest. The Food Industry option provides an extensive practicum based in the food industry. Students are required to complete 280 hours of work-based experience as part of the training to meet the need for skilled staff and managers in the food industry.

Professional opportunities

  • Food Product and Recipe Development
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Rep
  • Dietitian
  • Sensory Research Scientist
  • Health Educator

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The nutrition option focuses on the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, families and communities across the life span. Students taking this option have the opportunity to complete pre-professional requirements to apply for dietetic internships, medicine, law, and dentistry. Students completing courses for dietetic preparation can meet the educational requirements to qualify for a dietetic internship and membership with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba (CDM) or dietetic colleges in other Canadian provinces. The option also provides comprehensive training for graduates working as professionals in a wide range of settings including personal care homes, hospitals, social and public health agencies, food industry, food processing and marketing facilities.

Visit the Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) Agricultural and Food Sciences application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

Important links

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences
Graduate Programs in Human Nutritional Sciences