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School of Human Nutrition

School of Human Nutrition

Location

Location

  • Macdonald Stewart Building
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7773
  • Fax: 514-398-7739
  • Email: nutrition.dietetics [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/nutrition

About the School of Human Nutrition

About the School of Human Nutrition

The health and well-being of individuals and populations in relation to food choices and metabolism prevails as the unifying theme of the programs in the School of Human Nutrition, a part of the McGill University Health Sciences.

The School offers a B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.) in either the Dietetics Major or the Nutrition Major.

The Dietetics Major is an accredited professional program which leads to eligibility to register with a provincial dietetic regulatory body as a registered dietitian. The 3.5 year (115 credits) Dietetics Major is an undergraduate degree which includes 40 weeks of internship (Professional Practice - Stage) which is sequenced and integrated into each year of study. Students are exposed to a variety of practice settings including clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and food service management. The program is designed according to the Integrated Competencies for Dietetics Education and Practice (ICDEP) and is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).

The Nutrition Major is a 90-credit undergraduate degree. At its core, it deals with how diet, nutrition, and metabolism affect human health and disease risk. It offers you exciting opportunities to specialize in one of five concentrations (Food Function and Safety; Global Nutrition; Health and Disease; Nutritional Biochemistry; and Sports Nutrition), to incorporate research experience, travel for field studies, or a Minor in your program. It does not lead to professional licensure as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. However, it is excellent preparation for further studies including graduate, medical, veterinary, and other professional schools; or for many careers in the food, pharma, or other industry, government or NGO, or global health organizations.

B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.): The School also offers a dual degree, the B.Sc. Food Science/Nutritional Science Major, which is a 122-credit undergraduate degree. You will obtain a strong background in chemical sciences regarding the physical nature and chemical properties of foods, combined with an advanced understanding of the important role of nutrition and metabolism in health and disease.

For more information on programs associated with this school, see Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences) – B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.).

Degrees Offered by the School of Human Nutrition

Degrees Offered by the School of Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences – B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.)

Two undergraduate degree programs are offered by the School.

  • The Dietetics Major leads to professional qualification
  • The Nutrition Major offers five concentrations:
    • Food Function and Safety
    • Global Nutrition
    • Health and Disease
    • Nutritional Biochemistry
    • Sports Nutrition

M.Sc.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D.

Graduate degrees in Human Nutrition are also offered in thesis and non-thesis-based research at the master's level and thesis-based research at the doctoral level. Three options are available in the M.Sc. Applied degree:

  • Dietetics Credentialing
  • Practicum
  • Project

For further information, contact the School or refer to the Agricultural & Environmental Sciences' Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies section.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Human Nutrition Faculty

Human Nutrition Faculty

Director
Linda J. Wykes
Professors Emeriti
Harriet V. Kühnlein; B.S.(Penn. St.), M.S.(Ore. St.), Ph.D.(Calif.), R.D.
Timothy A. Johns; B.Sc.(McM.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(Mich.)
Professors
Luis B. Agellon; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McM.)
Linda J. Wykes; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Associate Professors
Niladri Basu; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.) (Canada Research Chair) (joint appt. with Natural Resource Sciences) (Assoc. Member of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science)
Stéphanie Chevalier; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.), Dt. P.(OPDQ) (Assoc. Member Dept of Medicine and Health Science) (Graduate Program Director)
Treena Delormier: B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Montr.), P. Dt.(OPDQ) (Associate Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment)
Kristine G. Koski; B.S., M.S.(Wash.), Ph.D.(Calif.), R.D.(U.S.)
Stan Kubow; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Guelph)
Grace S. Marquis; B.A.(Ind.), M.Sc.(Mich. St.), Ph.D.(Cornell)
Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez; M.Sc.(SPHM), M.D.(USAC), D.Sc.(Friedrich Schiller) (Academic Scholar, Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security)
Assistant Professors
Anne-Sophie Brazeau; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.), P. Dt.(OPDQ) (Director, Dietetics Education and Practice)
Ryan Mailloux; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laur.)
Daiva Nielsen; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
Academic Associate
Patrick Cortbaoui; Ph.D.(McG.), Ag.Eng. (Managing Director, Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security)
Senior Faculty Lecturers
Sandy Phillips; B.Sc., M.Sc.(A.)(McG.), Dt. P. (University Coordinator, Professional Practice (Stage) in Dietetics)
Hugues Plourde; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.), Dt. P.
Maureen Rose; B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D.(McG.), Dt. P. (Director, Food and Nutrition Laboratories)
Faculty Lecturers
Paul-Guy Duhamel; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Montr.), Dt. P. (Manager, Food and Nutrition Laboratories)
Mary Hendrickson; B.A.(St. Benedict), B.Sc.(Minn.), M.Sc.(Colo. St.), Dt. P.
Joane Routhier; B.Sc.(McG.)
Associate Members
Anaesthesia: Franco Carli, Thomas Schricker
Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID): Nii Addy
Medicine and Health Science: L. John Hoffer, Larry Lands, José Morais
Nursing: Rosetta Antonacci
Parasitology: Marilyn E. Scott
Adjunct Professors
Kevin A. Cockell; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Guelph) (Health Canada)
Isabelle Germain; B.Sc.(Montr.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Elizabeth D. Mansfield; B.Sc.(C'dia), B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.),
Hope Weiler; B.A.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(McM.), R.D.(CDO) (on leave)
Affiliate Members
Kathryn Arcudi; B.Sc. (McG.) (CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montreal)
Marie-Ève Besner; B.Sc.(Laval), PDt (Montreal Children's Hospital)
Sarah Bluden; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt, CDE (LMC Diabetes and Endocrinology)
Sophie Brousseau; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt (Ste-Anne's Hospital)
Catherine Delorme; B.Sc.(McG.); B.Sc.(Montr.), PDt (Ste-Anne's Hospital)
Thea Demmers; B.Sc., M.Sc. (McG.) (C'dia)
Linda Falcon; B.Sc.(Montr.), PDt (Douglas Mental Health Institute)
Alexander McLean; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt (Lakeshore General Hospital)
Monica Melcone; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt (Ste-Anne's Hospital)
Laura Li Ching Ng; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt (McGill University Health Centre)
Piraveena Piremathasan; B.Sc.(McG.) PDt, CDE, CBE (CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montreal)
Marilyn Rabin; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt (Douglas Mental Health Institute)
Donna Schafer; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), PDt (CIUSSS Centre-Ouest de l'Ile de Montréal)
Sondra Sherman; B.Sc., B.F.Sc.(McG.), RD, CDE (Jewish General Hospital)
Patricia Urrico; B.Sc.(McG.), PDt (Jewish General Hospital)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Apr. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)

Application Procedures

Application Procedures: Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Entry into the Dietetics major, the Nutrition major and the Freshman Program of the BSc.(Nutr.Sc.) is only possible in September.

Application deadlines:

  • Applicants studying outside of Canada: January 15
  • Applicants from Canadian high schools outside of Quebec: February 1
  • CEGEP applicants: March 1
  • Transfer/Second degree applicants from Canadian universities: May 1
  • Mature students: May 1

Applications to the School of Human Nutrition must be submitted online. Online applications and admissions information are available at mcgill.ca/applying.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements: Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Nutrition:

  • Students applying directly from high school will apply into the BSc.(Nutr.Sc.) Freshman program. Upon successful completion of this program, students will automatically progress into the Nutrition program.
  • Students applying with Advanced Levels, Advanced Subsidiary, Cambridge Pre-U Examinations, CAPE, a CEGEP DEC, one year or more of university, or as a Mature student will apply into the Nutrition program.

Dietetics:

  • Students wishing to enter the Dietetics major who are applying from a high school either in Canada or abroad must apply into the BSc.(Nutr.Sc.) Freshman program and apply to transfer after their first year. Transfer to year 1 of the Dietetics program is based on CGPA. A communication skills interview may also be required.
  • Students with a French Baccalaureate or an International Baccalaureate who want to enter Dietetics must apply into the Nutrition program and apply to transfer after their first year.

Students from the following programs can apply directly into the Dietetics program:

  • students with a CEGEP DEC
  • students with a minimum of one year of university studies
  • Mature students with all of the math and science prerequisites

Proof of English proficiency:

Some applicants to all of the above programs may be asked to prove English Proficiency as part of the application process.

See the Applying to Undergraduate Studies website for information on applying to programs in the School of Human Nutrition.

Quebec CEGEP Students

Quebec CEGEP Students

CEGEP applicants must have obtained, prior to the start of classes, a Diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC).

Prerequisites:

  • Math NYA (00UN or 01Y1) and NYB (00UP or 01Y2)
  • Biology NYA (00UK or 01Y5)and Biology II (00XU or 01YJ)
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL or 01Y6) andOrganic Chemistry (00XV or 01YH)
  • Physics NYA (00UR or 01Y7) and NYB (00US or 01YF) and NYC (00UT 01YG)

Dietetics:

Applicants to this program are advised to have all prerequisite courses completed prior to entry. It may be possible to be admitted missing some of the prerequisites however this is a highly competitive program and students with all of the prerequisites will be given priority.* If you are admitted missing some prerequisites, you will be required to complete them in addition to your BSc.(Nutr.Sc.) program requirements. ** Please note that this will extend the length of your program by one year as without all prerequisite courses completed you will be unable to register for your first stage. If at all possible, students should try to complete any missing prerequisite courses in the summer before starting at McGill.

* Students graduating with a DEC in “Sciences, lettres, et arts” (700.A0) are eligible for all programs. They will NOT be disadvantaged during the admission process if they did not complete all prerequisites. They will be required to complete any missing portion of prerequisites at McGill in addition to the B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.) program requirements. Please note that if they are missing any of the prerequisites, this will extend their program by one year. See ** above.

Nutrition:

Students may be accepted with a minimum of three prerequisite courses:

  • Math NYA (00UK or 01Y5)

and two of the following:

  • Biology NYA (00UK or 01Y5)
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL or 01Y6)
  • Physics NYA (00UR or 01Y7)

If admitted, any missing prerequisites will be added to their McGill program.

More information can be found on the Applying to Undergraduate Studies website.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer from other universities and colleges are considered for admission on the basis of both their university work and previous studies. Transfer credits are only determined once students have been admitted and all final official transcripts have been received.

Basic science requirements are:

  • one semester in each of differential and integral calculus
  • two semesters of biology with labs (biology I and cell biology)
  • one semester of general chemistry with lab
  • one semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • two semesters of physics (including mechanics, electricity, and magnetism, and waves and optics), with labs

Please note that math and science courses completed at other institutions that are not directly equivalent to the math and science courses in the B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.) programs, can be used for admissions purposes, but cannot be used to grant exemptions. If any of the math and science prerequisite courses completed are deemed not equivalent, they will have to be repeated at McGill. Course equivalencies can be viewed on McGill’s course equivalency system.

More information can be found on the Applying to Undergraduate Studies website.

Dietetics:

Applicants to the Dietetics program are recommended to have all prerequisite math and science courses completed prior to entry. It may be possible to be admitted missing some of the prerequisites; however, this is a highly competitive program and students with all the prerequisites completed will be given priority. If students are admitted missing prerequisites, they will be required to complete them in addition to their B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.) program requirements.

If prerequisites need to be added to a student’s program, this will extend the length of the program by one year, as all prerequisites must be completed to be eligible to register for the first stage.

Nutrition:

Students may be accepted with a minimum of three prerequsite courses:

  • one semester of calculus for science

and two of the following:

  • one semester of biology with lab
  • one semester of chemistry with lab
  • one semester of physics with lab

If admitted, the remaining prerequisite courses will be added to their program at McGill.

Transfer Students – Interfaculty

Transfer Students – Interfaculty

Students wishing to transfer from one faculty to another must complete an interfaculty transfer form. The deadline for submitting a transfer form for admission to the School is June 1 for admission in September and December 1 for admission in January. The Dietetics program is not open for students wishing to transfer in January. The Nutrition program sometimes allows students to transfer in January.

The programs that are open in January can be found on the January admission website.

For details on applying for a transfer please see the Faculty's readmission and transfer page.

For more information on Interfaculty transfers, please refer to University Regulations and Resources > Undergraduate > Registration > Interfaculty Transfer.

Dietetics applicants only: Please note that if you were required to provide proof of English proficiency when you were initially admitted to McGill, a communications skills interview may be required.

Mature Students

Mature Students

Residents of Canada who will be 23 years of age or older at the time of registration, and who have no college or university studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission can apply as a Mature student.

Dietetics:

Mature applicants to this program must have all prerequisite courses to apply:

  • one semester in each of differential and integral calculus
  • two semesters of biology with labs (biology 1 and cell biology)
  • one semester of general chemistry with lab
  • one semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • two semesters (three if done at CEGEP) of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and waves and optics) with labs

If they are missing any of the prerequisites, they must apply into the Nutrition major, complete any remaining prerequisites and apply to transfer after their first year in Nutrition. Transfer into the Dietetics program depends on GPA and may require a communications skills interview.

Nutrition:

Students may be accepted with a minimum of three prerequisites:

  • one semester of calculus for science

and two of the following:

  • one semester of biology with lab
  • one semester of chemistry with lab
  • one semester of physics with lab

If admitted, the remaining prerequisite courses will be added to their program at McGill.

More information and all of the specific conditions for eligibility as a Mature student can be found on the Applying to Undergraduate Studies website.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)

Academic Information and Regulations

Academic Information and Regulations for the School of Human Nutrition

Academic Standing

Academic Standing

For general information, see Academic Standing.

Dietetics students please note:

  • Undergraduate registration for all Professional Practice (Stage) courses is restricted to students in the Dietetics Major with a CGPA greater than or equal to 3.00. The CGPA requirement is firmly applied.
  • Students in the Dietetics Major who have a CGPA below 3.0 for two consecutive years will not be permitted to continue in the program.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)
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