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.

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. Graduates will achieve the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP) as outlined by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice. Graduates are eligible for membership in provincial regulatory bodies such as the College of Dietitians of Ontario.  The MPH program is administered jointly by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Nutritional Sciences in partnership with the University Health Network and Toronto Public Health.

By gaining a solid understanding of standards of practice in community, clinical  and management settings, and developing essential leadership skills, graduates will play a pivotal role in the future of nutrition and dietetic practice. Graduates can expect to be employed in any work setting where nutrition professionals are employed; such as public health and government agencies, hospitals and community health centers, not-for-profit organizations and the food industry.

The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option provides graduate education to practicing Registered Dietitians, with a minimum of five years professional work experience, who wish to enhance their understanding of public health theory and approaches. Completion of this MPH program enables students to meet the academic requirements for practice as Public Health Nutritionists in Ontario. The program’s flexible structure delivered through a variety of modular, workplace and on-line educational formats enables students to meet existing professional and personal commitments while pursuing an advanced degree.

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
FitzGerald Building, Room 316
150 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E2

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