Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Medicine

Degree Programs

Nutritional Sciences

​MSc
​​PhD

Combined Degree Programs

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Aboriginal Health
    • Nutritional Sciences, MSc, PhD
  2. Biomedical Toxicology
    • Nutritional Sciences, MSc, PhD
  3. H​uman Development
    • Nutritional Sciences, MSc, PhD
  4. Public Health Policy
    • Nutritional Sciences, MSc, PhD
  5. Women's Health
    • Nutritional Sciences, MSc, PhD

Overview

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is one of the few departments of nutrition in North America to be located within a Faculty of Medicine. This, together with its close linkages with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, allows the department to fully explore the relationships between nutrition and human health and disease, and to influence clinical practice and public health programs. It also creates unique opportunities for collaboration with the highest concentration of University-affiliated hospitals, clinicians, and health researchers in North America.

Although the department is centered in the Basic Sciences sector of the Faculty, its activities include not only basic science but also clinical and community aspects of nutrition and food and nutrition policy. These activities that range from “bench to bedside to populations” make it a model of integration within the whole of the health sciences complex at U of T, enabling a full exploration of the relationships between nutrition and human health to influence both clinical practice and public health policy. 

Applicants interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition and Dietetics are advised to consult the calendar entry​ of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health for details.

Contact and Address

Web: http://nutrisci.med.utoronto.ca/​​​
Email: grad.nutrisci@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-6071
Fax: (416) 978-5882

Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto
FitzGerald Building
Room 316, 150 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E2
Canada

Nutritional Sciences: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Allard, Johane - MD
Anderson, Gerald - BSc, MSc, PhD
Bandsma, Robert - MD
Bazinet, Richard - BSc, PhD
Boyd, Norman - MD
El-Sohemy, Ahmed - BSc, MSc, PhD
Goff, Douglas - BSA, MSA, PhD
Greenwood, Carol - BSc, MSc, PhD
Hamilton, Jill - BSc, MSc, MD
Hanley, Anthony - BSc, MSc, PhD (Graduate Coordinator, Admissions and Awards)
Jenkins, David Ja - BA, MA, MD, MB, BS, PhD
Kim, Young-In - MD
Kotsopoulos, Joanne - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kreiger, Nancy - BA, MPH, PhD
L'Abbe, Mary - BSc, MSc, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Laye, Sophie - BS, MSc, PhD
Leiter, Lawrence Alan - BSc, MD
McCrindle, Brian - MD
Narod, Steven - BSc, MD
O'Connor, Deborah - BASc, MS, PhD
Pencharz, Paul - MD, MB, ChB
Roth, Daniel - BSc, MSc, PhD
Sellen, Daniel - BA, AM, PhD
Tarasuk, Valerie - BA, BEd, BASc, MSc, PhD
Vuksan, Vladimir - BSc, MSc, PhD
Ward, Wendy - BASc, MSc, PhD
Wolever, Thomas - BA, MSc, MA, BM, BCh, PhD (Graduate Coordinator, Student Affairs)
Zlotkin, Stanley - BSc, MD, PhD

Members Emeriti

Archer, Michael - MA, MSc, PhD, DSc
Bruce, Robert - BSc, LMCC, MSc, MD, PhD
Jeejeebhoy, Khursheed - MB, PhD
Krondl, Maria - BSc, PhD
Rao, A Venketeshwer - BSc, MSc, PhD
Thompson, Lilian - BSc, MSc, PhD

Associate Members

Abdelaal, Elsayed - BSc, MSc, PhD
Badawi, Alaa - BSc, MSc, PhD
Ball, Ronald - BSc, MSc, PhD
Birken, Catherine - MSc, MD
Boucher, Beatrice - BSc, MHSc
Courtney-Martin, Glenda - BASc, MSc
Darling, Pauline - BSc, MSc, PhD
de Souza, Russell - BASc, MSc, ScD
Di Buono, Marco - BSc, MSc, PhD
Fox, Ann - BAA, MHSc, PhD
Garcia-Bailo, Bibiana - BA, MS, PhD
Hobin, Erin - BEd, BBA, MA, PhD
Josse, Robert - BSc, MBBS
Keith, Mary - BASc, PhD
Levitt, Anthony - MBBS, DGO, MB
Ma, David - BSc, PhD
Maguire, Jonathon - BSc, MSc, MSc, MD
Martin, Lisa - BSc, MSc, DPhil
Pausova, Zdenka - MD
Power, Krista - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tomlinson, Christopher - BSc, MBCHB, PhD
Yeung, David - BA, MA, PhD

Nutritional Sciences: Nutritional Sciences MSc

Master of Science​

Program Description

The aim of the MSc program is to develop the student's abilities to conceptualize research problems in the area of human nutrition, synthesize ideas and approaches in the research problem, analyze and interpret data, transmit his or her findings to peers, and expand his or her knowledge in, and perspective of, the field of human nutrition. Thus, major emphasis is placed on the research project and thesis.

The MSc program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. A limited number of students are admitted to the program on a part-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Nutritional Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A- standing in the final two years of a bachelor's degree program or evidence of strong potential as a researcher.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • participation in NFS 1204Y Master's Seminars in Nutritional Sciences (1.0 FCE) throughout their period of full-time registration and

    • a minimum of two half courses (1.0 FCE).

  • For students with undergraduate training in nutritional sciences, at least one of these courses must be taken in the department. Students with undergraduate training in disciplines other than nutritional sciences must take at least two half courses from the department.

  • A course in statistical methods or research design and analysis is required if not completed previously.

  • Thesis on an approved research area and its defence at an oral examination.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Nutritional Sciences: Nutritional Sciences PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The aim of the PhD program is to develop the student's abilities to conceptualize research problems in the area of human nutrition, synthesize ideas and approaches in the research problem, analyze and interpret data, transmit their findings to peers, and expand their knowledge in, and perspective of, the field of human nutrition. Thus, major emphasis is placed on the research project and thesis.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MSc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program; or 3) direct entry following completion a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Nutritional Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program with an appropriate MSc degree with at least an A- standing or evidence of strong potential as a researcher. Exceptional students may be allowed to reclassify (transfer) into the PhD program after one year without completing the MSc on the recommendation of an advisory committee and successful completion of a reclassification examination

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • NFS 1304Y Doctoral Seminars in Nutritional Sciences

    • a minimum of four half courses (2.0 FCEs)

  • The courses will be chosen by each student to provide an appropriate background for their area of investigation. It is expected that all students will have an adequate knowledge of research design and statistics through coursework in their past or the current graduate program. The choice of courses will be made in consultation with the supervisor and the student's advisory committee and is subject to the approval of the department.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination in nutritional sciences is required by the end of Year 1. The examination is designed to ensure that students have developed a rigorous and comprehensive research proposal in a timely fashion. The oral examination is approximately two hours long, is graded as pass/fail, and takes place approximately nine months following initial registration. The examination will be conducted by the PhD Qualifying Examination Committee consisting of two faculty members appointed by the department and two faculty members chosen by the student. A student who fails the first attempt at the exam will be permitted one more attempt. Failure of the second attempt will result in a recommendation for program termination.

  • Thesis.

  • Student must pass the departmental examination before proceeding to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • The residence requirement is two years, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

  • It is expected that students can complete their PhD in a period of four years of full-time study, research, and thesis preparation; however, some students may require longer.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years transfer-from-master's

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years transfer-from-master's

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Nutritional Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program directly from a bachelor's degree if their background is deemed appropriate and they have an A- or better average in their final two years.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • NFS 1304Y Doctoral Seminars in Nutritional Sciences (1.0 FCE)

    • a minimum of six half courses (3.0 FCEs)

  • The courses will be chosen by each student to provide an appropriate background for their area of investigation. It is expected that all students will have an adequate knowledge of research design and statistics through coursework in their past or the current graduate program. The choice of courses will be made in consultation with the supervisor and the student's advisory committee and is subject to the approval of the department.

  • Successful completion of a PhD qualifying examination in nutritional sciences is required by the end of Year 1. The examination is designed to ensure that students have developed a rigorous and comprehensive research proposal in a timely fashion. The oral examination is approximately two hours long, is graded as pass/fail, and takes place approximately nine months following initial registration. The examination will be conducted by the PhD Qualifying Examination Committee consisting of two faculty members appointed by the department and two faculty members chosen by the student. A student who fails the first attempt at the exam will be permitted one more attempt. Failure of the second attempt will result in a recommendation for program termination.

  • Thesis.

  • Student must pass the departmental examination before proceeding to the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • The residence requirement is three years, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

  • It is expected that students can complete their PhD in a period of five years of full-time study, research, and thesis preparation; however, some students may require longer.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

Nutritional Sciences: Nutritional Sciences MSc, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department regarding course offerings.

​NFS 12​01H
Public Health​ Nutrition​
​NFS 1204Y0
​Master's Seminars in Nutritional Sciences (Credit/No Credit)
​NFS 1208H
Foundations of Practice I​
​NFS 1209Y
Foundations of Practice II​
​NFS 1210H
Foundat​ions of Practice III​
​NFS 1211H
​Community Nutrition
​NFS 1212H
Regulation of Food Composition, Health Claims, and Safety​
​NFS 1216H
Selected Topics in Nutrition​
​NFS 1218H
​Recent Advances in Nutritional Sciences ​I
​NFS 1220H
​Clinical Nutrition
​NFS 1221H
​Nutrition Programs and Strategies
​NFS 1222H
​Recent Advances in Nutritional Sciences II: Diet and Cardiovascular
​NFS 1223H
​Dietary Carbohydrate and Glycaemic Index in Health and Disease
​NFS 1224​H
​Nutritional Epidemiology
​NFS 1225H
​Nutrition and Metabolism for Public Health Nutrition Professionals
​NFS 1226H
​Nutrition and Cancer
​NFS 1301H
​Directed Reading in Nutritional Sciences
​NFS 1304Y0
​Doctoral Seminars in Nutritional Sciences (Credit/No Credit)
​NFS 1484H
​Advanced Nutrition

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when ​completed.