Students working together in a food lab.

Program Overview

The MScFN Internship Stream program provides students with a combination of challenging course work, advanced research opportunities and practical training experiences with placements across southwestern Ontario and beyond.

Graduates of this program earn a Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition degree and complete a practicum which is recognized by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP), preparing students to pursue further steps involved in becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada.

For more information on becoming a Registered Dietitian in Canada, please visit these websites: Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, Dietitians of Canada  and College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Accredited Practicum

Students participate in shaping their practicum schedule through regular meetings with their Dietetic Education Coordinator, who ensures the placement schedule will meet dietetic competencies (which are required for professional registration). Through the practical training placements, students will develop competencies in the following areas:

  • Nutrition Care
  • Population & Public Health
  • Management
  • Research
  • Professional Practice
  • Communication & Collaboration

Students in this program experience rich and dynamic practicum placements in settings such as community health centres, family health teams, food industry, hospitals, long-term care homes and public health units.


Students are required to take one mandatory and one optional course in both the first term (Fall) and the second term (Winter) of the program. It is expected that on weekdays when classes are not scheduled students will be available for dedicated research work and practicum preparation.

Fall term:

  • FN 9711 Nutrition Research and Epidemiology (Mandatory)
  • FN 9111A Food and Nutritional Policies and Regulations (Optional)
  • FN 9211 Leadership and Food Management (Optional)

Winter term:

  • FN 9888B Seminar in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Mandatory)
  • FN 9444B  Advances in Clinical Nutrition (Optional)
  • FN 9666B Community Nutrition and Program Planning (Optional)

Based on interest areas, students are matched with a Faculty Research Supervisor who will encourage, guide and supervise the student’s research project over their time in the program. Students have the opportunity to contribute research findings to the profession and strengthen their research skills.