The Nutrition Major covers the many aspects of human nutrition and food. This is a flexible program that offers you a chance to participate in research and field studies, as well as internships. You will take courses in areas like biochemistry, physiology, statistics, genetics, food chemistry and more.
You can choose from several specializations:
- Food Function and Safety
- Global Nutrition
- Health and Disease
- Nutritional Biochemistry
- Sports Nutrition
McGill’s School of Human Nutrition is Canada’s longest established teaching and research institution in the field of human nutrition. Its main goal is to improve human health, focusing on the interplay of nutrients, health, environment and society. With a variety of areas of study for you to choose from, the School trains future leaders in areas like dietetics, nutrition, food function, food security, global nutrition, and nutritional biochemistry in health.
The Nutrition Major equips students for many careers and is a great preparation for graduate studies or professional schools such as medicine. The Nutrition Major does not lead to professional licensure as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. Program graduates have gone on to develop professional careers in:
- International nutrition and health promotion
- Public health services
- Pharmaceutical industries
- Food product research and development, food labeling and food inspection
- Medicine/Veterinary medicine
As a Nutrition student, you can take courses like:
Hear it from one of our students:
"I chose to study Nutrition at McGill, with a concentration in Global Nutrition. I took courses ranging from Food Fundamentals, where we learned the role of ingredients and nutrients while preparing food in the food lab, to the Herbs, Foods and Phytochemicals class, which taught us about herbal medicine and featured guest speakers such as farm-to-table chefs, entrepreneurs in Montreal and farmers. While interning at a community center in Montreal, creating and cooking healthy meals, I developed a passion for Food Security. This led me to the Nutrition in Developing Countries and Public Health and Nutrition classes, which taught us about nutrition interventions. Lastly, I had the opportunity to take a research course where I assisted my Professor in a nutrition sensitive agriculture intervention that took place in rural Ghana."
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Ready to apply?
For this program, you'll need to apply to the School of Human Nutrition.
Check the full admission requirements for information about deadlines and whether supporting documents are required as part of your application.