Food, Nutrition, and Health

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Explore the economic, ecological, social, and technological components of managed landscapes, agrifood systems, and communities comprising the land, food, nutrition, and health continuum. In Food, Nutrition, and Health, you can customize your degree as you study a broad range of topics related to applied nutrition and the science of nutrition.

Why this program?

  • Enjoy a balance between applied nutrition courses and basic science of nutrition courses.
  • Choose from a wide variety of electives.
  • Graduates have a high level of employment in nutrition-related jobs within 3 months of completing their degree.
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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 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    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 Food, Nutrition, and Health program gives you the flexibility to pursue your interests while gaining a deeper knowledge of the food system, including issues related to food production, food security, and the role of nutrition in disease prevention. Choosing from a wide variety of electives, you’ll study a balanced and broad curriculum of your own design as you prepare for a career in the field of professional health.

Experiential learning and research

You’ll have a chance to integrate your classroom learning with real-world experience through  internships, practicums, directed-study, community engagement, and co-op placements, as well as to submit your work for awards consideration.

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. It is connected to the Food Sensory Lab.

In addition, Food Science has research laboratories with modern analytical instrumentation. Specialized facilities include sensory evaluation labs, additional kitchens, and pilot plant equipment for food preparation and processing, as well as biohazard facilities.

Your future

Many Food, Nutrition, and Health graduates go on to careers in nutrition and food science, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, education, food system management, government, and more. With suitable course selections, students may be prepared to enter the Home Economics Teacher Education Program at UBC.


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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