M.Sc. & Ph.D Degree Program – Graduate Courses

All of the courses listed may not be offered every year. A full School of Graduate Studies Calendar, lists graduate courses is available at: www.sgs.utoronto.ca or may be obtained for a small fee in advance through their Student Services Office.
F - Designates a half course offered in the Fall term
S - Designates a half course offered in the Spring term
H - Designates a half course that may extend throughout both terms
Y - Designates a full course that is presented throughout both terms

NFS 1201H F - Public Health Nutrition


This lecture-discussion course focuses on food and nutrition problems in the setting of the general community. The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of theoretical and practical issues underpinning population-level assessment in nutrition and an appreciation of nutrition within the broader context of public health or 'population health'. Specific topics include the derivation and application of nutrient requirement estimates and nutrition recommendations, the measurement of food intake and food insecurity, and the development of individual- vs. population-based intervention strategies.

Prerequisite: Prior specialized knowledge in nutrition; basic statistics.

NFS 1204Y - Master's Seminars in Nutritional Sciences

Presentation Schedule

NFS 1304Y - Doctoral Seminars in Nutritional Sciences

Presentation Schedule

A weekly program of introductory lectures followed by seminars given by students in our Department, for all graduate students registered in this Department only. (In addition, seminars given by staff and visiting professors are offered throughout the year.) All graduate students must participate. Reported on a Pass or Fail basis.

NFS 1208H F, 1209H S & 1210H F - Field Observation and Nutrition Program Laboratory I, II & III

The objective of these courses is to provide the student with an understanding of the variety of community programs and services in the area of nutrition and of approaches to the assessment of need and the planning and evaluation of such programs and services. Opportunities are provided for both on-site observation of operational programs and involvement in analytical tasks relevant to such programs. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Enrolment is limited. Corequisite: NFS 1211S - Community Nutrition

NFS 1211H S - Community Nutrition

The purpose of this course is to identify, acquire and practice key skills required to work as a community nutritionist. Building on the exploration of the role of the community nutritionist that was conducted in NFS 1208 (Field Observation 1), we will identify essential community nutrition practice skills, begin to develop them, and apply them to practice situations. Some key skills have been identified through review of relevant literature, feedback from alumni and community partners and input from students. Students will also have the opportunity to identify and develop other skills relevant to their individual practice needs. Skill development will take place through the completion of 4 learning modules: 1) adult education; 2) program planning, implementation and evaluation; 3) communications; and 4) organizational development and leadership. The theme of reflective practice will run through all four modules.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Enrolment is limited.

NFS 1212H - Regulation of Food Safety and Composition

The Canadian food industry is producing new foods in response to consumer demand and lifestyle, new crops are being developed, so too are functional foods aimed at disease prevention and health claims for foods in Canada. The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how these developments are regulated to ensure a safe food supply.

NFS 1216H - Selected Topics in Nutrition

The objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity for in-depth consideration of areas of public health nutrition which are of particular significance but are not covered adequately in other courses. The topics may change from year to year.

Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. Enrolment is limited.

NFS 1218H S - Nutrition and Cancer

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the role of nutrition in the etiology of cancer development. Introductory lectures will provide a background to the scientific principles of cancer development (i.e., mechanisms of carcinogenesis, pathology) as well as an overview of study designs for conducting research programs of diet and cancer (i.e., animal models, epidemiologic studies, use of biomarkers). This will be followed by a series of lectures and discussion sessions on the role that foods and specific components of foods play in the development and progression of cancer at specific sites, including the colon, breast, and prostate. There will also be a chance for the graduate students to present the background of their proposed grant topic and to receive feedback from the group. The course will conclude with lectures on epigenetics and conducting studies of diet and cancer in high-risk populations.

NFS 1220H S - Clinical Nutrition

Syllabus 2012

This course is concerned with the nutritional component of various clinical topics dealing both with normal physiological states such as pregnancy, growth and development and aging, and with disease states such as are encountered in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between the concepts in nutritional/biological sciences and clinical medicine.

NFS 1221H F - Nutrition Programs and Strategies

This advanced course critically assesses various health promotion strategies and programmatic approaches that address the nutritional needs of population groups. The theoretical base and underlying assumptions of community programs will be examined and the appropriateness of the methods and strategies selected to address the identified nutrition problems will be assessed. Both acquisition of knowledge and development of skills are emphasized.

Prerequisite: NFS 1211S. Permission of the Department. Enrolment is limited.

NFS 1222H S - Recent Advances in Nutritional Sciences II


This advanced course will encompass the role of human nutrition in cardiovascular disease (CVD) through faculty and industry speakers, as well as student presentations. Emphasis will be placed on population studies, clinical data related to the prevention and treatment of CVD and on the most relevant markers used to assess the efficacy of dietary interventions in relation to cardiovascular risk. A review of the current interventions under investigation and their application to product development will also be addressed, as will novel product applications in clinical practice. Finally, future research priorities in medical nutrition therapy will be discussed.

Prerequisite: Permission of Department.

NFS 1223H S - Dietary Carbohydrates and the Glycaemic Index on Health and Disease

The objective of the course is to enable students to obtain comprehensive and detailed understanding of dietary carbohydrates and the glycaemic index including the following: how dietary carbohydrates and glycaemic index are defined, the utility of measuring postprandial glucose and insulin responses, methodological issues involved in measuring glycaemic responses and glycaemic index, how the glycaemic index is applied in mixed meals, methodological issues involved in calculating the glycaemic index and glycaemic load of a diet, and the effect of altering the source and amount of dietary carbohydrate in health and disease, particularly in relation to obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Prerequisite: Permission of Department. Enrolment is limited.

NFS 1224H S - Nutritional Epidemiology

The overall objective of this course will be to provide students with a critical understanding of theoretical and practical considerations in the conduct of epidemiologic research related to nutrition. The focus will be on studies of the role of diet and nutrition inchronic disease (as opposed to food-borne infectious disease outbreaks and associated issues). The material will have a strong methodological emphasis, and is intended for graduate students with an interest in understanding how epidemiologic studies of diet and chronic disease are conducted. Specifically, students will be expected to gain a critical understanding of the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of nutritional epidemiologic studies, including the usual methods applied for assessment of this exposure, familiarity with methodological issues related to nutritional epidemiologic studies such as the appropriateness of various study designs for specific research questions, and issues regarding data analysis and interpretation.

NFS 1225H S - Nutrition and Metabolism for Public Health Nutrition Professionals

This course enables students to integrate knowledge of human nutrition metabolism, biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology within the context of public health nutrition practice. Students will review and update their understanding of macro and micronutrient metabolism and apply this understanding to current public health nutrition issues. The course will emphasize retrieval of reliable nutrition information, organization of nutrition concepts and interpretation of research findings with a view to informing public health nutrition practice.

NFS 1301H - Directed Reading in Nutritional Sciences

A program of directed readings under the supervision of a staff member associated with and interested in the particular topic. This course is available only on a very selective basis, with consent of the staff member to be involved and the Department.

NFS 1484H F - Advanced Nutrition

Syllabus 2011
Physiological and biochemical features of intermediary metabolism will be discussed as determinants of nutrient needs. The roles of various nutrients in determining the development and adaptability of the whole body, organs and cells will be addressed. The course will provide an introduction to the interpretation of research data.


*Contents of syllabus/outline are subject to change