Degree Division
Clinical Public Health Division
Program Contact
Pierrette Buklis

The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option (for practicing dietitians who wish to enhance their understanding of public health theory and approaches) is under review and not available for September 2018 admissions.

Degree Details

Program Description

Demand for highly skilled public health professionals in communities across Canada to address complex public health issues such as obesity, chronic disease prevention and food security, requires the development of new interdisciplinary graduate education models.  To meet this demand, the MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option is designed to provide dietitians from across Canada and abroad with enhanced access to professionally relevant learning experiences.

The program starts in September and requires students to be on campus for only one semester (approximately 14 weeks), followed by participation in an innovative Summer Institute (see below), a worksite practicum and web-based course work. The combination of personal networking, distance education, interdisciplinary collaboration, enhances learning experiences, enables students to maintain employment while pursuing graduate studies, and builds much needed nutrition expertise in communities across Canada and internationally. The program may be completed in 12 months or over a longer period of time. It is administered jointly by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Nutritional Sciences in partnership with the University Health Network and Toronto Public Health.

Click here to download the Nutrition and Dietetics brochure.

Program Goals

The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option provides graduate education to practicing Registered Dietitians who wish to enhance their understanding of public health theory and approaches. Completion of this MPH program enables students to meet the academic requirements for practice as Public Health Nutritionists in Ontario.

Program Objectives

Through the MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option, graduates willP

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to public health nutrition practice and research
  2. Apply principles of population health and broad determinants of health to public health nutrition practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking and analytical approaches in addressing clinical public health nutrition issues.
  4. Establish professional relationships with peers, faculty and public health leaders

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect to be employed in any work setting where nutrition professionals are employed such as public health and government agencies, hospitals and community health centers, not-for-profit organizations and the food industry.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 5 years relevant professional work experience as a Registered Dietitian
  • Membership in a regulatory body of dietetics

We advise all prospective students to review the general admission requirements prior to submitting an application.  From this link, information about how to submit an application, timelines and specific information for international applicants can be obtained.

Program Requirements

Students registered in this program are required to complete 5.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) within the maximum time frame of 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time.  Please note that most full-time students complete their degree in 1 year, while part-time students usually need 2 to 3 years. The table below shows is a guideline of what and when courses and/or practicum are taken, including the Summer Institute.

Term 1: Year 1, Fall Term (September – December)  – ON CAMPUS 2.5
CHL5004H: Introduction to Public Health Sciences 0.5
CHL5300H: Public Health Policy 0.5
CHL5220H: Introduction to Quantitative Research 0.5
NFS1201H: Public Health Nutrition 0.5
 CHL5654H: Nutrition Programs and Strategies 0.5
Term 2: Year 1, Winter Term (January – April) 1.5
CHL5655H: Nutrition Metabolism for Public Health Nutrition (online) 0.5
CHL 6011H: Required MPH Practicum – work site (160 hours)/ or Elective1 0.5
 CHL5221H: Introduction to Qualitative Research 0.5
Term 3: Year 1, Summer Term (May – August) 1.0
CHL5653H: Summer Institute: Community Nutrition 0.5
CHL 6011H: Required MPH Practicum – work site (160 hours)/ or Elective1 0.5
                                                                Total (Full) Credits Required 5.0

1Students wishing to meet Ontario requirements to practice as a Public Health Nutritionist must take a second Methods course instead of an elective.

Summer Institute: Community Nutrition (CHL5653H)
This one week intensive course begins with skill development modules on adult education, program planning and evaluation and communication and concludes with student lead discussions on current “hot topics” in community nutrition practice. The Summer Institute provides degree students and nutrition professionals and other related disciplines with opportunities to learn from public health experts and local leaders through continuing education activities. Summer Institute topics will be selected each academic year to reflect current trends and/or controversial issues in public health and community nutrition practice.

Integration with professional work
The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option is designed to allow students to incorporate their professional work experience into learning activities so that both students and workplace benefit from the program. Students are encouraged to discuss the program with their employers in order to identify mutually beneficial project topics and practicum opportunities and to seek employer support during the course of their studies.

A Note about the Practicum

The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option practicum is intended to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of specific aspects of public health, develop new skills, and apply knowledge and skills acquired through the program course work. Students will complete 160 hours of specific project work at their places of employment or in other appropriate settings, by pursuing initiatives that challenge them to develop new expertise and insight.  If the scope of the project is beyond 160 hours, students may complete an optional practicum for an additional 0.5 FCE.

Students will work closely with the program director to identify a suitable project.  Examples of appropriate projects include conducting a community assessment, evaluating a program or intervention, developing a new program or strategy, comparing two or more approaches to addressing a nutrition-related issue.  If necessary, another faculty member or field mentor with subject expertise will be assigned as a student advisor for the duration of the project.  Students are encouraged to discuss potential practicum projects with their employers in order to identify initiatives that will support the strategic directions and objectives of that organization. Students are required to provide the program director with a letter of support for the practicum project from the host organization.

If you have any questions or would like further information about this program, please contact Pierrette Buklis.


Dietitians of Canada
The College of Dietitians of Ontario
The Department of Nutritional Science