Course and Grade Information

Thesis Stream

2019-2020 MScFN Course Schedule



Course Descriptions

Fall/Winter Terms (Year 1 Students)

Fall Term (Year 1 Students)

FN 9711A – Nutrition Research and Epidemiology – This course will provide an introduction to principles of epidemiology as applied to nutrition. Students will learn about study design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic studies related to nutritional status, diet and disease relationships. Students will learn how to enter and analyze their own data, and will develop a conceptual understanding of multivariate statistics.
FN 9111A – Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations – This course is designed to provide advanced study of the Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations for topical / current issues in nutrition, food science and technology in health and disease.
FN 9211A – Leadership and Food Management –  This course integrates practice-based research and experience-based issues in Leadership and Food Management, in a number of different environments, including but not limited to Healthcare (both acute and long term care), Industry, Hospitality, Education institutions and Entrepreneurship.

Winter Term (Year 1 Students)

FN 9888B – Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences 
FN 9444B – Advances in Clinical Nutrition – An intensive review and critical evaluation of the current medical nutrition management of diverse disease conditions in different stages of the life cycle.
FN 9666B – Community Nutrition and Program Planning – Advanced study of the principles and practice of community nutrition and education.  Based on an understanding of the impact of public policy and social determinants on health, students will explore concepts of health promotion, program planning and evaluation, and current public health priorities.

It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled students will be available for dedicated research work and internship preparation.

Continuing Students

Continuing Students

FN 9811 – Internship in Foods and Nutrition – For students in the Internship Stream, the dietetic practicum experiences will be in different areas of practice, e.g., clinical nutrition (renal, cardio, diabetes etc.), community nutrition, public health, foodservice administration, and long-term care. Students will rotate in each of these areas and the experiences will be offered by different facilities such as hospitals, public health units, community health centres, long-term care homes, and foodservice organizations.  The practicum will begin in May following the completion of two terms of course work.  Placements will vary from 4 to 12 weeks in length. Preceptors in each facility will supervise student’s experiences and will evaluate their competencies.  In addition, the Dietetic Education Coordinators will monitor student’s experiences to ensure a smooth working relationship between the program, the preceptors and the students.

FN 9822 – Thesis in Foods and Nutrition – Students in the Thesis Stream will be required to research and write a thesis in one of the five areas of practice emphasized by the program: clinical nutrition, community nutrition, foodservice administration, food science, or leadership and management.  Preparation for thesis research will begin early in the first term and will intensify in the second term of the first year when each student in this stream will undertake a half course devoted to thesis project design and planning.  Each student will work closely with a faculty supervisor to develop a thesis topic, submit an ethics proposal, collect and analyze data, and write the thesis. Together, the student and supervisor will draft a learning contract that will make explicit the expectations for the terms of the thesis development.  The student will submit and defend the thesis by the end of the fifth term.


Fall Term Course Outlines

FN9111A – Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations


FN9211A – Leadership and Food Management


FN9711A – Nutritional Epidemiology and Statistics


Winter Term Course Outlines

(to be posted, please check back)

FN9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences
FN9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning
FN 9444B Advances in Clinical Nutrition

Self-Enrollment in courses

Your course registration at The University of Western Ontario will be done online through the Student Center (

The Graduate Program Coordinator will contact students prior to registration each term with guidelines including which courses are required, and registration deadlines.

All new students should obtain your Western username and password from the Information Technology Services (ITS) website at

You will need your Western student ID number and PIN, to do this please visit:

To Check Your Student Record:

  1. Log into the Student Center.
  2. Click on Main Menu
  3. Click on Self Service
  4. Click on Academic Records
  5. Click on View Academic Summary
  6. Select “Web Academic Report” and click “go”
  7. Scroll down to the current term

Individual course information will be found in the student OWL course site:

OWL technical help can be found at:

You will now have all the components you need to log into the UWO E-mail System and the Student Center.