The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Community Nutrition) offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in nutrition practice from a wide range of perspectives within the health system, from disease prevention to palliation.
This dietetic education program is a program accredited by Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and prepares students for eligibility for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body. The Master of Public Health-Nutrition and Dietetics program is one of the educational programs offered through the Division of Clinical Public Health in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. It is administered by the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences in partnership with the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the University Health Network and Toronto Public Health.
For more information, read the Student FAQ.
Registered Dietitians will play a pivotal role to lead nutrition and dietetic practice within an evolving clinical public health landscape.
The MPH Nutrition and Dietetics program produces caring, innovative dietetic leaders and practitioners to meet the complex needs of the evolving health care system.
The curriculum provides robust academic and experiential opportunities across the health spectrum to address the health of individuals and populations from prevention to palliation.
The program is governed by a unique partnership between the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Toronto Public Health, that embodies the clinical public health philosophy.
- Collaboration across systems and sectors
- Ethical practice and Rigour
- Flexibility and Innovation
- Health equity
- Interprofessional lifelong learning
We believe that:
- the complexity of dietetics is increasing and there is greater demand for nutrition services in all sectors of health care;
- traditional approaches to education that limit learning to one context are increasingly of limited value;
- the development and implementation of a new approach to dietetics education that enables more system based approaches and leadership will best address the changing nature of the healthcare landscape;
- and the model of Clinical Public Health best advances this approach to Nutrition and Dietetics;
- Clinical Public Health is the integration of health care services across the lifespan, challenging traditional notions of medicine and public health to promote an effective approach to health and well-being, in individuals, communities and populations.
Program Learning Outcomes
Given our program Vision, Mission, Values and Philosophy, through this program, our students will:
- Model participative leadership including systems thinking, responsiveness to emerging nutrition issues, peer support and respect, and flexibility given the changing nature of the health landscape.
- Engage in the generation of knowledge and in critical evaluation of current and advanced research, in the area of nutrition and dietetics in the context of clinical public health.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate a nutrition care plan as a part of an interprofessional care team that meets the needs of the individual within the context of a broader population health lens.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate nutrition interventions that address the needs of groups, communities and populations, using a population health framework and health equity lens, while recognizing the needs of the individual.
- Lead and organize management and food services, using operational planning principles and systems thinking.
- Communicate issues and conclusions clearly, concisely and correctly in written, spoken, and visual forms, to a variety of audiences.
- Contribute productively to interprofessional teamwork through effective collaboration.
- Demonstrate critical thinking in problem solving and decision-making activities in complex and evolving contexts both inside and outside of the profession.
- Exhibit a professional level of initiative, personal responsibility, and accountability by effectively managing the use of time and other resources to achieve milestones and deadlines.
- Engage in reflective practice and action research in order to assess personal capacity and enhance professional practice.
- Participate in the analysis, strategic navigation, and evolution of standards and requirements relevant to dietetic practice.
With a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of practice in population and public health, nutrition care and management, and through the development of essential leadership, communication and professional practice skills, graduates will play a pivotal role in the future of nutrition and dietetics. Graduates will be highly competitive in the changing landscape of employment for health professionals. Currently graduates are employed in settings where nutrition professionals work such as hospitals, public health, government agencies, community health centres, family health teams, community food agencies and the food industry.
Applicants must have completed a four year degree with specialization in Human Nutritional Sciences from a Canadian food/nutrition university program that is accredited or recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), or the equivalent. For individuals who completed their undergraduate dietetics education outside of Canada, courses must be assessed by the College of Dietitians of Ontario. In order to obtain this assessment, applicants must apply to the College of Dietitians of Ontario. The CDO assessment must be included with the on-line application to the program.
Students who completed their undergraduate studies in Canada, at a program that is not recognized or accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), are advised to apply to an accredited undergraduate university dietetics program to have their courses assessed and to complete outstanding course requirements.
Note: Applicants to DLSPH MPH programs are required to have successfully completed the equivalent of one half credit undergraduate statistics course. Graduates of undergraduate degree programs that are accredited or recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), or equivalent, meet this requirement through the research methods and statistical analysis component of those dietetic education programs.
The program starts in September each year.
Students are required to complete 10.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCE) within the maximum time limit of 3 years as a full-time student. Most full-time students complete their degree within 2 years. The table below shows the distribution of required and elective courses, together with practica, taken throughout the program.
|Year 1, Fall Term 1 (September – December)||3.0|
|CHL5004H: Introduction to Public Health Sciences1||0.5|
|CHL5220H: Introduction to Quantitative Research||0.5|
|CHL5300H: Public Health Policy||0.5|
|CHL5650H: Foundations of Practice I2||0.5|
|CHL5653H: Community Nutrition||0.5|
|NFS1484H: Advanced Nutrition||0.5|
|Year 1, Winter Term 2 (January – April)||1.5|
|CHL5221H: Introduction to Qualitative Research||0.5|
|CHL5651Y: Foundations of Practice II2||1.0|
|Year 1, Summer Term 3 (May – August)||1.5|
|CHL6010Y: Required MPH Practicum – (duration 8 weeks)||1.0|
|CHL6011H: Required MPH Practicum extension – (duration 4 weeks)||0.5|
|Year 2, Fall Term 4 (September – December)||2.5|
|NFS1201H: Public Health Nutrition||0.5|
|CHL5652H: Foundations of Practice III2||0.5|
|CHL5654H: Nutrition Programs and Strategies||0.5|
|Year 2, Winter Term 5 (January – April)||1.5|
|CHL6020Y: Optional MPH Practicum2 – Practicum 2 (duration 8 weeks)||1.0|
|CHL6021H: Optional Practicum extension2 – Practicum 2 (duration 4 weeks)||0.5|
|Total (Full) Credits Required||10|
- CHL5004H begins earlier in September than regularly scheduled graduate courses.
- Students who have completed dietetic internships may be exempt from CHL5650H, CHL5651Y, CHL5652H, CHL6020Y and CHL6021H. Electives may be taken in their place.
- Students often take courses in other Public Health fields as well as other University of Toronto departments with the Program Director’s approval.
Students who wish to qualify for registration with a provincial dietetics regulatory body must complete two practica and three Foundations of Practice field work courses.
Students who are Registered Dietitians are required to complete one 12-week practicum (1.5 FCE). Additional electives replace the second practicum.
For more information, read the Student FAQ.
Preparation for Doctoral Studies
The MPH program in Nutrition and Dietetics does not require students to complete a thesis. However, students have the opportunity to complete research practica and research papers, and are eligible for many PhD programs. Applicants wishing to pursue doctoral studies should familiarize themselves with the specific admission requirements of doctoral programs of interest.
MPH: Nutrition & Dietetics – Advanced Standing
Applicants who have completed a dietetic internship, have at least 5 years of relevant professional work experience as a Registered Dietitian, and are members in a regulatory body of dietetics may be interested in the MPH: Nutrition and Dietetics – Advanced Standing option.
Dietitians of Canada
The College of Dietitians of Ontario
The Department of Nutritional Sciences
University Health Network Clinical Nutrition
Toronto Public Health
Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice