at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

UBC’s Dietetics program prepares you for entry into an in-demand profession that’s experiencing faster-than-average growth across Canada and internationally. As a registered dietitian, you’ll improve and promote health through optimized food and nutrition, and fill a variety of roles in nutrition care, management, or population and public health.

Why this program?

  • Dietetics is a professional program designed to meet national accreditation standards for the dietetics profession.
  • Graduates are highly employable in diverse roles, with the majority working in the health care system.
  • UBC offers the only dietetics program in British Columbia.
  • The program includes a standardized practice education component, which is required to enter the profession.
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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.

Dietetics is a professional program planned to meet the accreditation standards for the dietetics profession in Canada, and is the only dietetics program offered in British Columbia. You’ll explore general biological and social sciences courses, as well as specialized dietetics courses like 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 (your fifth year is spent in practice education placements at various locations across B.C.). Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible to practice as a registered dietitian upon application to a provincial regulatory body and successful completion of a national registration examination.

Prospective applicants who are interested in working in dietetics internationally are advised to check registration requirements in the country where they intend to practice.

Experiential learning and research

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 courses and practice education placements to assist students to develop knowledge and skills for dietetic practice in the Canadian context.

Campus features

Vij’s Kitchen is a teaching and learning space in the Food, Nutrition, and Health Building. The space includes modern kitchen stations and a demo station that is used for both classroom learning and culinary technique classes. The culinary lab provides a great learning environment for students to learn basic food theory and food preparation, as well as multicultural culinary techniques and skills.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Study on UBC’s Vancouver campus as you prepare yourself for entry into a growing profession with a diverse range of roles, many within the ever-expanding health care system. You’ll develop skills for professional practice as you gain the knowledge required to meet national accreditation standards.

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Your future

Many graduates of UBC’s Dietetics program have gone on to guide the food and nutritional choices of people through private practice. Other opportunities include advising government and industry, driving policy decisions, and directing nutrition programs for schools, hospitals, and food services.

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 competitive scores, 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. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Food, Nutrition, and Health

  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics (may be waived with grades of 5 in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)

* If your intended start year is 2021: IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL, IB Math Analysis and Approaches HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL will not satisfy the requirement.

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
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