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Nutrition Communication (MHSc)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Health Science (MHSc)

This first-of-its-kind program in Canada focuses on advanced communication and knowledge translation skills for interpreting scientific evidence, and tailoring nutrition education and counselling for diverse audiences. Whether creating communication campaigns, counselling patients or engaging with the media, dietitians are Canadians’ most credible source of nutrition information. The accredited practicum option prepares future dietitians for success in current and evolving careers, while the MRP option lets experienced dietitians become leaders in nutrition communication.

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At a Glance

Accredited Practicum

  • Completion of a four year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution (Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice)
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Confirmation of PDEP completion
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Sample of work
  • English language proficiency requirement

Major Research Project/Paper

  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor of science or bachelor of applied science degree in food and nutrition degree from an accredited institution (Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice)
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Sample of work
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

Program specific requirements

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Drawing on our affiliation agreements with more than 200 external partners, Accredited Practicum Option students will engage in practice-based training rotations to meet the competencies required for entry-level dietetic practice.
  • Major Research Project students can collaborate with faculty representing a diverse array of relevant disciplines including obesity prevention, diabetes management, food policy, food security, family relationships, and nutrition among older adults to create knowledge translation projects.
  • Athletic membership
  • Campus groups and programs
  • Career Centre for resumé and interviewing skills
  • Discounted transit passes (Go Transit and TTC)
  • Health insurance, medical and counselling services
  • On-campus employment opportunities
  • OSAP eligible
  • Research opportunities with School of Nutrition faculty
  • Scholarships and awards available
  • WSIB coverage and professional liability insurance 

Graduate Admissions Contact

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Email: grdadmit@ryerson.ca

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Judy Paisley
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Community Nutrition, University of Guelph
Research areas: knowledge translation strategies for nutrition communication
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6942
Email: jpaisley@ryerson.ca

Amber Rebello
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2761
Email: nutritioncomm@ryerson.ca

“The MHSc program has truly been invaluable in my journey toward becoming a registered dietitian. The unique coursework equipped me with strong skills in communication, critical thinking and knowledge translation, which have allowed me to succeed in practical settings. The continuous support, guidance and feedback from faculty has allowed me to not only grow as an individual but also to feel confident and competent as a young nutrition professional.”

Catherine Zammit, MHSc alumna
Katie Cohen-Olivenstein , external link

Student Profile, external link

Katie Cohen-Olivenstein (nutrition communication MHSc alumna) reflects on how the program gave her the skills to translate scientific evidence into effective and engaging written and verbal communication. 

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Nutrition Communication (MHSc, PMDip).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Research

As an urban innovation university, Ryerson offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.