Program Overview:

About Human Nutrition

With increasing public interest in nutrition, the field of nutrition and dietetic practice is expanding with new career opportunities emerging. Human Nutrition students at StFX graduate with a strong scientific background in foods and nutrition, combined with social science perspectives, communication skills and an understanding of ways to effect individual and social change. 

Why Study Human Nutrition at StFX?

As a StFX Human Nutrition graduate, you will be well-equipped to assist individuals, groups, and the population at large to achieve their nutrition and health-related goals. Under the guidance of our talented faculty, you will learn through a combination of theory-based courses and hands-on learning, such as lab and community-based assignments.  

Through our partnership with the Antigonish Farmers Market, Nutrition students work with farmers, food producers and various communities to promote healthy eating in the region. Students also study the basic sciences needed for health disciplines like dietetics, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy while acquiring an applied science specialty that can stand alone.  

Our HNU programs offer  

  • Entry into an accredited dietetic practicum toward becoming a licensed, registered dietitian 
  • Professional work experience through co-op education 
  • 5th year Human Kinetics degree option for sport nutrition careers 
  • 5th year Business degree option for the food industry and entrepreneurial careers 
  • Preparation for graduate school and careers in education 
  • Research experience with opportunities to publish findings 

First Year at a Glance

Your first year will equip you with the foundational knowledge to begin working in the broad field of food and nutrition. You will explore the role of nutrients in a healthy diet, study the physical and chemical properties of foods, develop key skills in the food lab, and take courses in the humanities and social sciences that will enable you to understand the behavioural, social, political, and economic factors that impact our food choices and health-related behaviours.

Future Opportunities 

Visit our Nutrition Careers page to see where some of our HNU grads have ended up.

Human Nutrition at StFX opens many doors in the health sector. Below are just a few examples:

  • Dietitian
  • Education (Family Studies)
  • Food Product Developer
  • Health Promotion
  • Nutritionist
  • Sport Nutrition

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