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Nutrition Communication (MHSc)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Health Science

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 Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice accredited 4-year bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition or equivalent
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
  • Confirmation of completion
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic
  • Two independently completed and verifiable communication projects , e.g. reports, brochures, audio and/or video materials, visual arts and published papers
  • Post-secondary transcripts

Major Research Project/Paper

  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor of science or bachelor of applied science degree in food and nutrition
  • Registered Dietitian status preferred
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study and in at least one course in each of the following areas:
    • research methods (or equivalent)
    • introduction to statistics (or equivalent)
    • interpersonal/professional communications; biological sciences (e.g. physiology, biochemistry)
    • social sciences (e.g. sociology, psychology)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic
  • Two independently completed and verifiable communication projects , e.g. reports, brochures, audio and/or video materials, visual arts and published papers
  • Transcripts

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • 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 

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

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

Amber Rebello
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2761
Fax: 416-979-5153

“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. 

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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.


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.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.