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Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics


The Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is a professional dietetic education program. It is an accredited program recognized by the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies. It prepares students for admission to a provincial dietetic regulatory body.

Practicum placement locations

  • Hospitals
  • Community health centres
  • Health Canada
  • Long-term care centres
  • Private clinics
  • Public health agencies
  • Sports centres
  • Agri-food companies and food services

Career options

  • Registered dietitian
  • Dietetics and nutrition researcher
  • Dietitian in community organisations
  • Public health dietitian
  • Governmental health promotion specialist
  • Food service manager

Graduate studies

  • Nutrition
  • Medicine, pharmaceuticals
  • Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology
  • Epidemiology, health sciences, education

Language requirements

This program is offered in French to bilingual students. Students must demonstrate proficiency in English and in French for admission. This is necessary for mandatory courses, including practicum placements.

Program details

Why choose Nutrition Sciences at uOttawa

  • Food and nutrition sciences is one of the 10 fastest growing areas of health, with an impressive growth rate of 21% projected by 2022 in North America.
  • Our program leads to our new Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Biosciences program.
  • The School of Nutrition Sciences offers events related to nutrition and food sciences.
  • The Nutrition Sciences Students Association (NSSA) is very dynamic and stimulates interaction between students of all years.
  • Students have many opportunities to learn about research in food and nutrition sciences, thanks to research scholarships.
  • The Faculty is located close to industry leaders, major government agencies and an extensive hospital network.
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Accreditation Canada

Our Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by Accreditation Canada's EQual program, ensuring that it meets the highest standards in health education.
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Changing the game through healthy eating

Making wise food choices has a major effect on our well-being and our physical and mental health (yes, those notorious microbiota in our intestines communicate with our brains!). Students studying at the University of Ottawa’s School of Nutrition Sciences are taught all of the specialist skills they need to play a critical role in maintaining the health of individuals and populations.

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) is a national association of post-secondary institutions that offer educational programs in French for various health-care professions. 

The CNFS aims to improve access to health-care services in French in minority language communities by training Francophone health-care professionals and by supporting research related to this training and to the needs of these communities. 

The University of Ottawa is one of 16 CNFS member institutions. 

Its role is to support the health-care sector students, professors, researchers, professionals and supervisors who are involved in its targetted programs in three faculties, namely the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

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Curious about other options in Nutrition Sciences?

Learn more about our two undergraduate programs
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Are you passionate about food, nutrition and health?

Our Honours Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences - Dietetics (BFNSc - Dietetics) is for you!
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