University of Manitoba Human Ecology
The program in HNS includes foundation courses in basic sciences, fundamental courses in metabolic and applied nutrition, and applied courses in food utilization and management. In addition to these courses, students must elect a specialization in either nutrition or foods. Faculty based courses in communication are also a part of the curriculum.
Topics studied in the undergraduate courses include:
- energy and exercise
- nutrients and nutritional supplements
- food labels and health claims
- diet and disease prevention
- nutrient metabolism and disease states
- nutrient requirements and diet evaluation
- nutrition education and dietary change
- food quality and ingredient technology
Human Nutritional Sciences Majors
Courses in both the foods and nutrition areas will give students the opportunity to master key competencies in these areas. Students majoring in Human Nutritional Sciences may select either a program emphasizing foods or a program emphasizing nutrition. These programs share a common first two years. This format will provide students with a solid theoretical foundation in both food and nutritional sciences.
Students may also complete the pre-professional work for programs such as dietetics internships, medicine, law, or dentistry from HNS. The degree also prepares students for graduate studies in areas related to either nutrition or foods. Graduate programs leading to masters or doctoral degrees are available to qualified students.
Students can transfer to any option in Human Nutritional Sciences and complete that option. Please contact the Student Advisor to discuss your options.
Students entering the department will select one of the following options:
The nutrition option focuses on the role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, families and communities across the life span. Students taking this option have the opportunity to complete pre-professional requirements to apply for, medicine, law, and dentistry. Students completing courses for dietetic preparation can meet the educational requirements to qualify for a dietetic internship and membership with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba (CDM) or dietetic colleges in other Canadian provinces. The nutrition option also provides comprehensive training for graduates working as professionals in a wide range of settings including personal care homes, hospitals, social and public health agencies, food industry, food processing and marketing facilities.
Examples of courses in the option include:
• Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles
• Basic Principles of Human Nutrition
• Vitamins and Minerals in Human Health
• Nutrition Education and Dietary Change
• Management for Food and Nutrition Professionals
• Nutrition in Exercise and Sport