Dietetics and Human Nutrition

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Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Location

Location

  • School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
  • Macdonald-Stewart Building, Room MS2-039
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada

About Dietetics and Human Nutrition

About Dietetics and Human Nutrition

In the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, cutting-edge nutrition research is conducted by its 10 tenure-track professors and six faculty lecturers in all areas recommended by North American Nutrition Societies. These include molecular and cellular nutrition, clinical, community, and international nutrition. Domains emphasized by School researchers include epigenetics, proteomics, and metabolomics, embryonic, and fetal origins of health and disease, the development of improved recommendations and policies for optimizing health in at-risk populations including Aboriginal populations, mothers and children, and the elderly, and the development of novel nutritional and/or nutraceutical approaches for treatment during surgery and recover from disease.

Research is conducted in our on-site research labs, the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE), the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research unit, and the MUHC Teaching Hospitals. Students can conduct research or participate in clinical rotations with the BITS – Barbados, IDRC – Ghana and field sites in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Human Nutrition (Thesis) (45 credits)

A master’s degree in Human Nutrition offers advanced Nutrition courses in a broad range of research areas. The program is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences, exercise physiology, kinesiology, food science, biochemistry, medicine, or another closely related field. Students are required to complete 14 credits in advanced nutrition coursework plus 31 credits related to their thesis research. Graduates of our M.Sc. thesis degree have pursued successful careers in research, international health agencies, government agencies, and industry.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis) — Practicum (45 credits) and Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis) — Project (45 credits)
The M.Sc. Applied program is a course-based master’s aimed to attract dietitians and graduates from a B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences. This program will allow students to further develop knowledge and expertise in nutrition and develop their expertise in specific nutrition areas. Students are required to complete 29 credits in advanced nutrition courses plus 16 credits related to a research paper or an advanced practicum (reserved for registered dietitians). McGill is the only English-speaking university that offers this program in Quebec. Careers include managerial positions for practicing dietitians, and careers in nutrition programs, government, and industry.
Graduate Diploma in Registered Dietitian Credentialing (30 credits)
In the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill, students pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition have the opportunity to take a Graduate Diploma in R.D. Credentialing, upon completion of the M.Sc. or Ph.D. program. We are the only university in Quebec and much of Canada that offers this opportunity. This Diploma consists of two semesters of Stage (internship) in Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition, and Foodservice Systems Management. Upon completion of the Diploma, the recipient is eligible to register and practice as a Dietitian in Quebec, as well as in other Canadian provinces and other countries.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Human Nutrition
A Ph.D. degree in Human Nutrition is suitable for students with an M.Sc. degree in Nutritional Sciences or related areas who wish to become independent researchers and/or leaders in the field of nutritional sciences. The School offers a stimulating research environment with opportunities in a wide range of areas of basic science, clinical research with our many hospital clinicians, as well as population health in Canada and abroad. Careers include academic, senior government, and industry positions within in Canada and internationally.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

M.Sc. Thesis and M.Sc. Applied (Project or Practicum)

Applicants must be graduates of a university of recognized reputation and hold a B.Sc. degree equivalent to a McGill degree in a subject closely related to the one selected for graduate work. Applicants must have at least a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in McGill University’s credit equivalency of 3.2/4.0 (second class – upper division) during their bachelor's degree program. All eligible candidates to the M.Sc. Applied program may select the project option; those who have completed a dietetic internship and six months' work experience are eligible to apply for a practicum option.

Ph.D.

Applicants must be graduates of a university of recognized reputation and hold a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree equivalent to a McGill degree in a subject closely related to the one selected for graduate work. Applicants must have at least a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) in McGill University's credit equivalency of 3.2/4.0 (second class – upper division) during their bachelor's and master's degree programs.

Graduate Diploma in R.D. Credentialing

For information on admissions requirements, applicants must contact Dr. Maureen Rose in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Applicants for graduate studies must forward supporting documents to:

  • School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7762
  • Fax: 514-398-7739
  • Email: lise.grant [at] mcgill.ca

Applications will be considered upon receipt of a completed online application form, $100 application fee, current résumé, statement describing reasons for interest in the program and career goals, and the following supporting documents:

Transcripts – Applicants must submit two official copies of all university-level transcripts with proof that degree(s) were granted. Photocopies are not accepted. Transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation. An explanation of the grading system used by the applicant's university is essential. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for transcripts to be sent. Transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution. When included in an application package, transcripts must be in the original sealed envelopes.

It is desirable to submit a list of the titles of courses taken in the major subject, since transcripts often give code numbers only. Applicants must be graduates of a university of recognized reputation and hold a B.Sc. degree equivalent to a McGill honours degree in a subject closely related to the one selected for graduate work.

Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation on letterhead (official paper), or by email directly from the originating institution or bearing the university seal and with original signatures from two instructors familiar with the applicant's work, preferably in the applicant's area of specialization are minimally required. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for these letters to be sent.

Competency in English – Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English, by appropriate exams, e.g., TOEFL (minimum score 560 on the paper-based test or 86 on the Internet-based test with each component score not less than 20) or IELTS (minimum overall band 6.5). The MCHE is not considered equivalent. The School reserves the right to request TOEFL results. Please contact the School for details. Results must be submitted as part of the application. Use University code 0935 (McGill University, Montreal) to ensure that your TOEFL reaches this office without delay.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – The GRE is required for all applicants to the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition who are submitting non-Canadian and non-U.S. transcripts.

Submitted documents will not be returned.

Application Fee (non-refundable) – A fee of CAD$100 must accompany each application (including McGill students), otherwise it cannot be considered. This sum must be remitted by credit card only.

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/programs. Then select the appropriate program. It may be necessary to delay review of the applicant’s file until the following admittance period if application materials including supporting documents are received after the dates for guaranteed consideration. International applicants are advised to apply well in advance of these dates because immigration procedures may be lengthy. All applicants must use the online application form available on the web at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

Financial aid is very limited and highly competitive. It is suggested that students give serious consideration to their financial planning before submitting an application.

Final acceptance to the M.Sc. (Thesis) and Ph.D. programs depends on a staff member agreeing to serve as the student's supervisor. A supervisor is not required for acceptance to the M.Sc. (Applied) program. Normally, a student will not be accepted unless adequate financial support can be provided by the student and/or the student's supervisor. While the school cannot guarantee financial support, teaching assistantships and other scholarships may be available.

Qualifying Students – Some applicants whose academic degrees and standing entitle them to serious consideration for admission to graduate studies, but who are considered inadequately prepared in the subject selected may be admitted to a Qualifying Program if they have met the School's minimum CGPA of 3.2 out of 4.0. The course(s) to be taken in a Qualifying Program will be prescribed by the academic unit. Qualifying students are registered in graduate studies, but not as candidates for a degree. Only one qualifying year (two terms) is permitted. Successful completion of a qualifying program does not guarantee admission to a degree program. Students must re-apply for admission to a degree program.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Faculty

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Faculty

Director
Kristine G. Koski
Professor Emerita
Harriet V. Kuhnlein; B.S.(Penn. St.), M.S.(Ore. St.), Ph.D.(Calif.), R.D. (joint appt. with Faculty of Medicine)
Professors
Luis B. Agellon; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McM.) (Canada Research Chair)
Tim A. Johns; B.Sc.(McM.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Mich.) (joint appt. with Plant Science)
Associate Professors
Grace Egeland; B.A.(Luther College), Ph.D.(Pitts.) (Canada Research Chair)
Katherine Gray-Donald; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.), R.D. (joint appt. with Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine)
Kristine G. Koski; B.S., M.S.(Wash.), Ph.D.(Calif.), R.D. (joint appt. with the Division of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine)
Stan Kubow; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Guelph)
Grace S. Marquis; B.A.(Ind.), M.Sc.(Mich. St.), Ph.D.(C'nell) (Canada Research Chair)
Louise Thibault; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval), Dt. P.
Hope Weiler; B.A.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(McM.), R.D. (Canada Research Chair)
Linda J. Wykes; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (William Dawson Scholar)
Faculty Lecturers
Linda Jacobs Starkey; B.Sc.(Mt. St. Vin.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.), R.D., F.D.C. (Associate Dean of Students)
(Interim – TBA)
Mary Hendrickson-Nelson; B.A.(St. Benedict), B.Sc.(Minn.), M.Sc.(Colo. St.), Dt. P.
Sandy Phillips; B.Sc., M.Sc.(A.)(McG.), Dt. P. (interim – University Coordinator, Professional Practice (Stage) in Dietetics)
Hughes Plourde; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Montr.), Dt. P.
Maureen Rose; B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D.(McG.), Dt. P.
Associate Members
Anaesthesia: Franco Carli, Ralph Lattermann, Thomas Schricker
Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry: Selim Kermasha
Kinesiology: Ross Andersen
Parasitology: Marilyn E. Scott
Medicine: Louis Beaumier, Réjeanne Gougeon, L. John Hoffer, Larry Lands, Errol B. Marliss, Thomas Schricker, Jean-François Yale, José Morais, Stéphanie Chevalier, Celia Rodd
Adjunct Professors
Laurie Chan (UNBC)
Kevin A. Cockell (Health Canada)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Human Nutrition (Thesis) (45 credits)

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis) — Project (45 credits)

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Human Nutrition (Non-Thesis) — Practicum (45 credits)

Graduate Diploma in Registered Dietitian Credentialing (30 credits)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Human Nutrition

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)