at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Develop skills for professional dietetic practice as you prepare for a career as a registered dietitian. In Dietetics, you’ll study general biological and social sciences courses, as well as specialized dietetics courses, such as basic and applied human nutrition, food and food systems management, and professional dietetic practice.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Land and Food Systems
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health
  • Length 5 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Dietetics major is a professional program planned to meet the accreditation standards for the dietetics profession in Canada. The curriculum includes general courses in both biological and social sciences, and courses more directly related to dietetics such as basic and applied human nutrition, food and food systems, management, and professional dietetic practice.

The program involves five years of study: two prerequisite years and three program years (Year Five is spent in internship placements at various British Columbia locations).

The Dietetics major differs from other nutrition-related majors offered by Land and Food Systems in that it is a regulated health-profession training program. As such, it has specific applicant-selection procedures and includes courses and internship placements to assist students to develop knowledge and skills for dietetic practice in the Canadian context.

International students should be aware that this program is designed to meet Canadian dietetics registration requirements. Prospective applicants who are interested in working in dietetics internationally are advised to check registration requirements in the country where they intend to practice.

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Food, Nutrition, and Health

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level
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