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Human Nutrition


Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.



A. Devlin.

Professors Emeritus

S. I. Barr.

Associate Professors

J. Black, A. Conklin, R. Elango, Y. Lamers, R. A. Murphy, B. Stefanska, Z. Xu.

Assistant Professors

T. Cohen, M. Jessri, C. Karakochuk, S. Purcell.

Program Overview

The Graduate Program in Human Nutrition in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers opportunities for advanced study and original investigations in basic and applied human nutrition at both the master's and doctoral levels. The curriculum includes coursework and thesis/dissertation research through laboratory or field work in a variety of areas relevant to human nutrition including nutrient metabolism, diet and disease, nutrition through the life cycle, and nutrition behaviours.

The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in graduate programs such as Applied Animal Biology, Food Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and others.

Coursework selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee includes graduate courses in human nutrition and from other areas relevant to each student's research.

Research facilities are housed both within the Family and Nutritional Sciences (FNS) Building and, on a shared basis, in other buildings on campus. Within the FNS Building, the research facilities include various modern analytical laboratories and other equipment for conducting biochemical and basic molecular biological research, and computers for conducting dietary and qualitative data analysis.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Admission Requirements. Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted by Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. program requires completion of HUNU 500 and HUNU 631. Additional coursework will be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. program must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' master's degree Admission Requirements.

In addition, required prerequisite courses include biochemistry, human or vertebrate physiology, and advanced nutrition. A minimum of 3 credits (three hours per week, for one academic term) is required in each of biochemistry and physiology, and a minimum of 12 credits is required in nutrition. These prerequisite courses must be completed at the third- or fourth-year level. Students without a background in nutrition, or with less than 12 credits of undergraduate courses in nutrition, may apply to the program. However, if admitted, they will be be required to take the missing credits of third- or fourth-year nutrition courses early in the graduate program, in addition to the usual M.Sc. course requirements.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. program requires completion of a minimum of 30 credits, including a 18-credit research thesis and at least 12 credits of coursework. HUNU 500, 531, and at least one other 500-level HUNU graduate course are required of all students in the M.Sc. program. A student's supervisory committee may require more than the minimum credits.

Contact Information

Admission & Administrative Coordinator
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
291-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.8373
Fax: 604.822.4400

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