MScFN Prospective Students

Introduction to the MScFN Program for Prospective Students

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The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition (MScFN) program at Brescia offers two streams: the Internship Stream and the Thesis Stream. Please review each Admissions page carefully to see if you are eligible to apply.

We welcome you to view a student greeting from each MScFN program stream at Meet a Student 

Internship Stream

The MScFN (Internship Stream)  will provide you with a combination of challenging course work, advanced research opportunities and practical experiences through the accredited Internship Stream placements across southwestern Ontario and beyond. Graduates of this program earn a Master of Science degree and complete an Internship which is recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), preparing students to pursue further steps involved in becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada. For more information, please see the websites for the regulatory bodies in Canada: Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice,  Dietitians of Canada website and the College of Dietitians of Ontario website.

Internship

You will have the opportunity to shape your individualized 52 week internship through regular communications/meetings with the Internship Coordinator, who will ensure you have the opportunity to complete your dietetic competencies (which are required for professional registration) while meeting as much as possible your needs and career goals. Through the internship placements, you will develop competencies in the following areas:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Community nutrition
  • Foodservice administration
  • Management
  • Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Communication

You’ll experience rich and dynamic internship placements in settings such as Community Health Centres, Family Health Teams, Food Industry, Food Marketing Boards, Government and private institutions, Hospitals, Long-term Care Homes, Public Health Units.

Courses

You are required to take one mandatory and one optional course in each term 1 (Fall) and term 2 (Winter) of the program. It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled students will be available for dedicated research work and internship preparation.

Fall term:

  • FN 9711 Nutrition Research and Epidemiology (Mandatory)
  • FN 9111A Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations (Optional)
  • FN 9211 Leadership and Food Management (Optional)

Winter term:

  • FN 9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Mandatory)
  • FN 9444B  Advances in Clinical Nutrition (Optional)
  • FN 9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Optional)

Research

Based on your interest areas, you will be matched with a Faculty Advisor who will encourage, guide and supervise your research project over the full 5 terms of the program. You will have the opportunity to contribute research findings to your profession and strengthen your research skills.

Please note: Applicants are not responsible to find a Faculty Advisor before applying to the MScFN program. Applicants are encouraged to list research interests and preferred Faculty Advisors in their application, to facilitate the matching process.

Thesis Stream

Are you a Registered Dietitian or a Foods and Nutrition professional looking to expand your leadership and research skills through a Masters degree? The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition program (Thesis Stream) offers the opportunity to strengthen your research skills through advanced course work and Thesis development under the guidance of a Faculty Advisor. The program typically spans a total of six terms (two years).

Faculty and staff within the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences are student-centred and passionate about providing an invigorating learning environment, where students become empowered to pursue leadership and research opportunities wherever their careers take them. This program will complement dietetic practice and enhance your dietetic skills.

Courses

You are required to take one mandatory and one optional course in term 1 (Fall) and two mandatory and one optional course in term 2 (Winter) of the program. It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled students will be available for dedicated research work.

Fall term:

  • FN 9711 Nutrition Research and Epidemiology (Mandatory)
  • FN 9111A Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations (Optional)
  • FN 9211 Leadership and Food Management (Optional)

Winter term:

  • FN 9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Mandatory)
  • FN 9733 Research and Thesis Planning (Mandatory)
  • FN 9444B  Advances in Clinical Nutrition (Optional)
  • FN 9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Optional)

Thesis (completed over the full 6 terms of the program)

You will have the opportunity to pursue a research topic in your area of interest, within the disciplines of Brescia’s respected and diverse Faculty Advisors. Options may exist to collaborate with your employer to identify initiatives which could be used as practice-based research for your thesis. Your Faculty Advisor and a thesis advisory committee will guide your research by giving you feedback and direction and challenging you to think of new ideas and directions. To view information on the Faculty Advisors please visit Brescia Foods and Nutrition Faculty & Research

For more information on:

Course Assistantship, Funding Opportunities, Tuition, Campus Resources and other topics please visit MSc Foods & Nutrition FAQ

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