MScFN Prospective Students

Introduction to the MScFN Program for Prospective Students

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The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition program at Brescia offers two streams: the Internship Stream and the Thesis Stream. Please review each Admissions page carefully to see if you are eligible to apply.

Internship Stream

The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition (MScFN) (Internship Stream) will provide you with a combination of advanced course work, intriguing research opportunities and varied practical experiences through the accredited Internship Stream placements across southwestern Ontario and beyond.

The MScFN (Internship Stream) program allows you to earn a Master of Science degree and complete an Internship which is an accredited program recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body. Successful completion of this program will allow you to pursue further steps involved in becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada. For more information, please see the websites for the regulatory bodies in Canada: Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice,  Dietitians of Canada website and the College of Dietitians of Ontario website.

Internship

You will have the opportunity to shape your individualized 52 week internship through regular communications/meetings with the Internship Coordinator and the Graduate Program Coordinator. The Internship Coordinator will ensure you have the opportunity to complete your dietetic competencies (which are required for registration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario) while meeting as much as possible your needs and career goals when designing your Internship placements.

Through the internship placements, you will develop competencies in the following areas:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Community nutrition
  • Foodservice administration
  • Management
  • Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Communication

You’ll experience rich and dynamic internship placements in settings such as:

  • Community Health Centres
  • Family Health Teams
  • Food Industry
  • Food Marketing Boards
  • Government and private institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Care Homes
  • Public Health Units

Courses

You are required to take 3.0 courses over two terms:

Fall term:

  • FN 9111A – Current Issues and Controversies in Foods and Nutrition
  • FN 9222A – Research Methods and Statistics
  • FN 9555A – Contemporary Issues in Foodservice Administration
  • FN 9711A – Nutritional Epidemiology (optional 4th course for Internship Stream)

Winter term:

  • FN 9333B – Special Topics in Leadership and Management
  • FN 9444B – Advances in Clinical Nutrition
  • FN 9666B – Community Nutrition and Education

Research

Based on your interest areas, you will be matched with a Faculty Advisor who will encourage, guide and supervise your research project over the full 5 terms of the program. You will have the opportunity to contribute research findings to your profession and strengthen your research skills.

* Please note: Applicants are not responsible to find a Faculty Advisor before applying to the MScFN program. MScFN students are matched to an Advisor only when they are accepted into the program. Applicants may list a preferred Faculty Advisor in their application, but this is optional.

Thesis Stream

Are you a Registered Dietitian or a Foods and Nutrition professional looking to expand your leadership and research skills through a Masters degree? The Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition program (Thesis Stream) offers the opportunity to further strengthen your research skills through advanced course work and Thesis development under the guidance of a Faculty Advisor. The program typically spans a total of six terms (two years).

Faculty and staff within the Division of Food and Nutritional Sciences are student-centred and passionate about providing an invigorating learning environment, where students become empowered to pursue leadership and research opportunities wherever their careers take them.

This program will complement dietetic practice and enhance your dietetic skills.

Courses

You are required to take 3.0 courses over two terms:

Fall term:

  • FN 9111A – Current Issues and Controversies in Foods and Nutrition
  • FN 9222A – Research Methods and Statistics
  • FN 9711A – Nutritional Epidemiology

Winter term:

  • FN 9333B – Special Topics in Leadership and Management
  • FN 9722B – Program Planning and Evaluation
  • FN 9822B – Research and Thesis Planning (Individual meeting times with Faculty Advisor)

Thesis (completed over the full 6 terms of the program)

You will have the opportunity to pursue a research topic in your area of interest. You may collaborate with your employer to identify initiatives which could be used as practice-based research for your thesis. Your Faculty Advisor and a thesis advisory committee will guide your research by giving you feedback and direction and challenging you to think of new ideas and directions.

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