MSc Applied: Practicum Option


This MSc Applied program is a course-based, non-thesis Masters program suitable only for registered dietitians. This is not a route to credentialing as a dietitian, rather advanced training in a selected area of nutritional care. 

It allows students to further develop knowledge and expertise in nutrition. Students are required to complete 29 credits in advanced Nutrition courses plus 16 credits related to an advanced practicum (reserved for registered dietitians with at least 6 months of professional practice experience). Careers include managerial positions for practicing dietitians, and careers in nutrition programs, government, and industry.

The practicum experience is an integral part of the MSc (Applied) Human Nutrition program, providing an opportunity for participation in advanced nutrition-related work. Selection of the practice area usually takes place in the first semester of the program in consultation with the Graduate Dietetics Program Coordinator. Students are expected to choose courses and attend additional workshops and seminars related to the chosen practice area, in order to be well prepared for the practicum experience.  Confirmation of the Practicum includes identification of a dietitian/nutritionist or nutrition researcher involved in the selected nutrition practice domain, coordinated through the Graduate Dietetics Program Coordinator.


  • Enteral/parenteral nutrition
  • Renal disease
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Respiratory disease
  • Diabetes management
  • Community nutrition programs

This option begins with a review of literature and a definition of the scope of the Practicum (3 credits). Developing patient/client nutrition education materials and participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a nutrition program may be included in the Practicum.

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Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis): Practicum(45 Credits)

    Offered by:Human Nutrition
    Degree:Master of Science Applied

Program Requirement:

The M.Sc.(Applied) in Human Nutrition; Non-Thesis - Practicum is a course-based program that focuses on advanced nutrition. It includes a practicum in clinical or applied nutrition.

    Practicum (12 credits)

    • NUTR 656 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • NUTR 657 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • NUTR 658 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 3 3 Credits
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      • Fall
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      • Summer

    • NUTR 659 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 4 3 Credits
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      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    Required Courses (6 credits)

    • NUTR 651 M.Sc. (A) Literature Review 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • NUTR 660 M.Sc.(A) Final Presentation 1 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • NUTR 695 Hum Nutr Research Orientation 1 Credits
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      • Fall
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    • NUTR 696 Human Nutrition Seminar 1 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    Complementary Courses (18 credits)

    3 credits in statistics at the 500 level or higher

    3 credits in research methods at the 500 level or higher

    12 credits of course work, at the 500 level or higher, in Nutrition, Animal Science, or Food Science chosen in consultation with the student's supervisor.

      Elective Courses (9 credits)

      9 credits of 500-level or higher courses in consultation with the student’s academic adviser or supervisor.

        See also Requirements and Policies on Graduate Studies


        The M.Sc. (Applied) Human Nutrition degree requires the completion of a minimum of 45 credits, normally comprised of 3-4 semesters of course work including project or practicum option courses. Course requirements comprise 29 credits (nine 3-credit courses plus 2 credits of graduate seminar) plus 16 credits related to the project or practicum. All students are required to regularly attend the Human Nutrition Colloquium of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

        Core Required Courses: (6 credits)
        NUTR695 (1) Human Nutrition Seminar I
        NUTR696 (1) Human Nutrition Seminar II
        NUTR651 (3) M.Sc. (Applied) Nutrition I (literature review related to the chosen area of practice)
        NUTR660 (1) M.Sc. (Applied) Nutrition II (final practicum presentation)

        Practicum Option Required Courses: (12 credits)
        NUTR656 (3) M.Sc. (Applied) Practicum I
        NUTR657 (3) M.Sc. (Applied) Practicum II
        NUTR658 (3) M.Sc. (Applied) Practicum III
        NUTR659 (3) M.Sc. (Applied) Practicum IV

        Complementary Courses: (27 credits)

        Minimum of 3 credits from
        NUTR 606 (3) Human Nutrition Research Methods OR
        EDEM 690 (3) Research Methods  OR
        EDPE 605 (3) Research Methods  OR
        NUTR 602 (3) Nutritional Status Assessment

        Minimum of 3 credits in statistics at the 500-level or above:
        PSYC 650 (3) Advanced Statistics 1  OR
        AEMA 610 (3) Statistical Methods 2 OR
        EPIB 507 (3) Biostatistics for Health Professionals (now the only statistics course of Dept of Epidemiology open to our students. EPIB607 and EPIB676 restricted to students from Epidemiology).

        Other suggested statistics courses are:
        EDPE676 (3) Intermediate Statistics II (prerequisite: EDPE675)
        EDPE682 (3) Uni/Multivariate Analysis
        EDPE684 (3) Applied Multivariate Stats (prerequisite: EDPE682)
        PSYC651 (Winter) (3) Advanced Statistics II

        * EDPE575 Educational Measurement is an excellent course. It does not count as a statistics course in our program. However, it may be included as an elective in the M.Sc.(Applied) program.

        12 credits in nutrition selected from the following courses:
        NUTR501 (3) Nutrition in Developing Countries
        NUTR502 (3) Special Topics/Teaching Nutrition Science
        NUTR503 (3) Bioenergetics and the Lifespan
        NUTR511 (3) Nutrition and Behavior *
        NUTR512 (3) Herbs, Foods and Phytochemicals
        NUTR545 (5) Clinical Nutrition 2 (pre-requisite NUTR344)
        NUTR551 (3) Analysis of Nutrition Data
        NUTR602 (3) Nutritional Status Assessment
        NUTR604 (3) Integrated Metabolic Research *
        NUTR608 & 609 (3) Special Topics I and II
        NUTR610 (3) Maternal and Child Nutrition *
        ANSC551 (3) Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolism
        ANSC552 (3) Protein Metabolism and Nutrition *
        ANSC560 (3) Biology of Lactation
        ANSC635 (3) Vitamins and Minerals in Nutrition

        * Not available every year

        9 additional credits from the list above or other courses offered from related areas.

        Other suggested courses in related areas:
        ANSC611 (3) Advanced Reproductive Physiology (offered on alternate years)
        EDPE535 (3) Instructional Design
        EDPE575 (3) Educational Measurement
        EDPE635 (3) Theories of Learning and Instruction
        EDPE670 (3) Educational Evaluation
        EDPA614 (3) Teaching the Adult
        EPIB 501 (3) Population Health and Epidemiology
        EPIB 529 (3) Global Environmental Health and Burden of Disease
        EPIB 601 (4) Fundamentals of Epidemiology (SECTION 002)
        EPIB 602 (3) Foundations of Population Health
        EPIB 603 (4) Intermediate Epidemiology
        EPIB 608 (3)  Advanced Epidemiology
        EPIB 612 (3) Principles of Public Health Practice
        EPIB648 (3)  Methods in Social Epidemiology
        EXMD502 (3) Advanced Endocrinology - Part I
        EXMD503 (3) Advanced Endocrinology - Part II
        EXMD504 (3) Biology of Cancer
        EXMD506 (3) Advanced Applied Cardiovascular Physiology
        EXMD507 (3) Advanced Applied Respiratory Physiology
        EXMD509 (3) Gastrointestinal Physiology and Pathology
        FDSC516 (3) Flavour Chemistry
        FDSC525 (3) Food Quality Assurance
        FDSC536 (3) Food Traceability
        FDSC537 (3) Neutraceutical Chemistry
        FDSC538 (3) Food Science in Perspective
        FDSC545 (3) Advances in Food Microbiology
        FDSC634 (3) Food Toxins and Toxicants
        FDSC651 (3) Principles of Food Analysis 2
        PARA515 (3) Water, Health, and Sanitation
        PHAR503 (3) Drug Discovery and Development 1
        PHAR504 (3) Drug Discovery and Development 2
        PHGY502 (3) Exercise Physiology
        PHGY508 (3) Advanced Renal Physiology
        PHGY516 (3) Physiology of Blood
        PHGY550 (3) Molecular Physiology of Bone
        PSYC507 (3) Emotions, Stress, and Illness
        SOCI515 (3) Medicine and Society
        SOCI525 (3) Health Care Systems in Comparative Perspective
        SOCI588 (3) Biosociology/Biodemography

        All courses must be approved by the student’s supervisor. * Although some courses require prerequisites, many will be met by former undergraduate courses or courses taken in the same subject area in the M.Sc. (Applied).

        *Some courses are offered in alternate years; therefore students are encouraged to plan their course selection early in their program.

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