Department of Nutritional Sciences - University of Toronto

Graduate Programs

MSc, MPH & PhD Degree Program – Program Objectives

The aim of the graduate research degree programs (MSc and PhD) is to develop the student's abilities to conceptualize research problems in the area of human nutrition, synthesize ideas and approaches in the research problem, analyze and interpret data, transmit his or her findings to peers, and expand his or her knowledge in, and perspective of, the field of human nutrition. Thus,major emphasis is placed on the research project and thesis (see list of students and theses).

The Combined Master of Science (MSc)-Dietetic Internship Program is a joint program of Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, Department of Nutritional Sciences. The goal of this program is to train individuals to become dietetic practitioners with advanced research skills. The Combined MSc-Internship program is based on the existing Graduate Dietetic. Internship program offered at Hospital for Sick Children and the MSc program offered by the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. For detailed information of this program, please click on Program Requirements below. (Please note: this program is suspended till further notice).

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Community Nutrition) offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in nutrition practice from a wide range of perspectives within the health system, from disease prevention to palliation. This dietetic education program is a program accredited by Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body.  The Master of Public Health-Nutrition and Dietetics program is one of the educational programs offered through the Division of Clinical Public Health in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in partnership with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the University Health Network and Toronto Public HealthPlease note: The application and admission processes are administered by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Please consult the following website:

The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics - Adavnced Standing option (for Practicing dietitians who wish to enhance their understanding of public health theoryand approaches) is under review and not available for September 2019 admission. 

Our graduate programs receive applicants every year. Admission rates vary from year to year depending upon availability of supervisors. Enrolment is limited and competitive in all programs

If you are interested in joining our graduate program, please contact the Graduate Coordinator - Admissions & Awards or the Administrative Assistant for more information or simply follow the links to Admission and Program Requirements.

Prof. Anthony Hanley
Graduate Coordinator, Admissions & Awards


Graduate Administrator
Phone: 416.978.6071
Fax: 416.978.5882
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Department of Nutritional Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Medical Sciences Building, 5th Floor, Room 5255
1 King's Circle College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A8