Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition research explores the links between all aspects of nutrition and human health with the ultimate goal of preventing diseases and enhancing the quality of life.


Significant contributions are being made in the areas of:

Nutrient Requirements: Investigation of nutrient digestion and metabolism with the aim of understanding nutrient requirements. Significant advancements have been made in understanding amino acid and fatty acid requirements as well as impact of dietary intake on the gut microbiome.

Team: Rhonda Bell, Catherine Chan, Catherine Field, Diana Mager, Rene Jacobs, Vera Mazurak, Carla Prado, Caroline Richard, Ben Willing

Nutrition and Disease: Understanding of the role of nutrition on immune function, energy metabolism, and the development and treatment of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and cancer.

Team: Rhonda Bell, Jean Buteau, Catherine Chan, Catherine Field, Rene Jacobs, Diana Mager, Vera Mazurak, Carla Prado, Spencer Proctor, Caroline Richard, Donna Vine, Ben Willing

Community Nutrition and Dietetics: Understanding the social and behavioural determinants of nutrition and health, childhood obesity and practitioner behaviour.

Team: Heidi Bates, Rhonda Bell, Catherine Chan, Noreen Willows



nutrition degree programs



Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science

Why study this program?  
Turn your passion for health, food and nutrition into a career with this four-year degree program.  If you have an interest in the food that we eat or in assisting others in living their healthiest lives, this program is for you. You’ll learn about the chemistry, properties and nutritional values of food which can be applied to various industries including food product development and health and wellness, including disease prevention and/or management.


  • General Program:  By studying nutrition and food science, you’ll learn how biology, behaviour, physiology and other applied sciences play a role in human nutrition and food consumption. This major will  prepare you for a range of careers in the public and private sectors, from nutrition-lifestyle management to food quality assurance.

  • Dietetics Specialization Program:  With this degree, you can go on to practice as a Registered Dietitian (RD). You will gain both the knowledge and practical skills needed to practice as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nutritionist. 

  • Honors in Nutrition Program:  The BSc Honors in Nutrition focuses on nutritional science and the related physical, health and social sciences. This program prepares you for graduate-level studies in Nutrition, or for a career in the health sciences, health promotion, education, or research in the private or public sectors.


We offer several science based graduate programs, specializing in Human Nutrition that are both course and thesis based:

  • Master of Science Course-Based (MSc):  The MSc course-based degree is a 2 year course-based program designed for professionals who have been with government, industry, or private practice and who wish to return for upgrading and specialization. Students are required to complete 8 graduate level courses, AFNS 601 Seminar course, 8 hours of Ethics, Professional Development and a project.

  • Master of Science Thesis-Based (MSc): The MSc thesis-based degree is a 2 year thesis-based program designed for students wishing to specialize and develop skills in research and scientific communication. It prepares students either for further advanced training or for mid-management positions in government or industry. Students are required to complete 3 graduate level courses,AFNS 601 Seminar course,8 hours of Ethics, Professional Development and research, write and defend a thesis.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):  A four-year thesis-based program offers an opportunity for independent research at an advanced level in preparation for careers in research, university teaching, and administration.  It often builds on research skills gained in the MSc program.  Clinical, community, metabolic and public health nutrition, as they relate to nutrition policy, infant and child health, and to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Animal based programs include livestock nutrition, feed evaluation and processing.  Students are required to complete 3 graduate level courses, two terms of registration in AFNS 601 Seminar course, 8 hours of EthicsProfessional Development, Candidacy Exam and research, write and defend a thesis.  

Continuing EducAtion


Alberta Internationally Educated Dietetic Bridging Program

The Alberta Internationally Educated Dietetic Bridging program offers significant advantages for Internationally Educated Dietitians. Courses are designed specifically to bridge the knowledge, clinical skills, and judgement required to deliver safe and effective dietetic practice in the Canadian context.  For more information: click here


Division Director:  
Dr. Spencer Proctor
4-002J Li Ka Shing Centre
Phone: (780) 492-4672

Main Office:  
Human Nutrition Research Unit (HNRU) 
2-004 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation and the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11210-87 Ave
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E1

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