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Human Nutritional Sciences
at the U of M


As a human nutritional science student in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, you will learn about how nutrition applies to different human needs and lifestyles, the importance of nutrition to community health and the role nutrition plays in preventing and managing disease. The human nutritional sciences program has many opportunities for you to explore, with four program options:

  1. Nutrition: focuses on the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention. This program is accredited by Dietitians of Canada.
  2. Foods: focuses on the development of food products that promote health and increase the competitiveness of the food production, processing and marketing.
  3. Food Industry: integrates health and nutrition perspectives into the operation of food industries through application of knowledge in food development, food quality, food safety, nutrition and management.
  4. Pre-Professional: The human nutritional sciences program can be structured to meet the entrance requirements of various professional programs.

Skills you will gain by studying HUMAN NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

  • An understanding of the role of nutrition and the broader food systems in health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, families and communities across the life span.
  • The ability to integrate health and nutrition perspectives into the operation of food industries through application of knowledge.
  • The ability to collect, analyze and interpret data using statistical analysis.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
HNSC 1200 and HNSC 1210, CHEM 1300, CHEM 1320 or CHEM 1310, BIOL 1410 (or BIOL 1020 and BOIL 1030) and BIOL 1412, PSYC 1200 or SOC 1200

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Nutrition Education and Community Outreach (NECO) and Faculty of Agriculture Students' Association (FASO).
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Science, Engineering & Technology Day.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg and the Student Leadership Development Program.


Considering international opportunities? Visit the International Centre website to learn about international opportunities for U of M students or ask your advisor about international exchange opportunities in Australia and France for human nutritional science students.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: visit the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, the Farm and Food Discovery Centre or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at mb.211.ca.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
HNSC 2130, HNSC 2140, HNSC 2150 and HNSC 2160, CHEM 2770 and CHEM 2780, HEAL 2600, STAT 1000 and STAT 2000

Foods or Food Industry option: MKT 2210

Dietetic or Food Industry option: GMGT 1010

To do this year:

  1. Attend the MPP Pre-selection information session, if applicable.
  2. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs and the annual Meet the Dietitian event in March to connect with employers.
  3. Check out the Agricultural and Food Sciences' online seminar series and participate in Nutrition Month.
  4. Become a student member with the Dietitians of Canada.
  5. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: apply fo a research assistant positions, FAST program, Undergraduate Research Award or NSERC grant.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out CanU, Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Osteoporosis Society and WISH Clinic.

Obtain certificates employers may require, including: Certified Food Handler, Serving It Safe, Good Manufacturing Practice, WHMIS and First Aid/CPR.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange or Summer School Agroecology in France, Students Without Borders internship, Alternative Reading Week Belize, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out out a spring or summer Community Service-Learning experience or the Children Rising Mentorship Program. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours



Course requirements:
HNSC 3330, HMEC 2000 and HMEC 3000, FOOD 4150, plus all required courses in your stream*

To do this year:

  1. Apply for the Food Industry Practicum or pre-selection to the MPP program, if applicable.
  2. Considering a professional program? Refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin to familiarize yourself with the pre-professional requirements.


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business development such as the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 initiative.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other professional programs.


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition and consider taking HNSC 4210 (Senior Thesis) or HNSC 4122 (Research Project) in year 4.

Check out student job opportunities with: Mini U, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, personal care homes and food service industries.

Search for job opportunities online: check out AgCareers.com, Job Bank, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program or take part in the Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
HNSC 4160, plus all required courses in your stream*

To do this year:

  1. Confirm eligibility to graduate with a academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.
  2. Apply for the Post-Degree Dietetics Internship Program (Traditional Route), if applicable.


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Find opportunities to market yourself: become a Dietitians of Canada Student Representative.

Assess your resumé: identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Dietetics Internship, Nutrition or Food Industry Practicum.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Get access to Lynda.com through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.


Sample Jobs



Nutrition Option

Foods/Food Industry Option

*Options requiring other education or training


What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as biotechnology, business, education, government, health and food manufacturing would value a human nutritional sciences degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Digital technology
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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