The Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition (BScAHN) prepares students for a wide choice of careers in nutrition and for the professional practice of dietetics. The programs use classroom, community service, and practice learning to develop an interdisciplinary knowledge core in nutrition as related to health, wellness and illness and their determinants. Through rich and varied experiential learning opportunities, students gain practical skills related to application and interpretation of knowledge. Faculty members maintain professional ties with society and grassroots community organizations, hospitals, community services, research organizations and businesses that enrich students’ educational experience through placements, projects and other professional activities.

A common core of nutrition courses consisting of 9.5 units serve as the foundation for the three BScAHN program options: Nutrition, Dietetics, and Dietetics with Internship. Each of these programs offer a curriculum to provide students with a diverse number of possible career choices in the field of nutrition. Selected courses are available via distance learning.


The MSVU Internship Education Program (IEP) enables students to build on theoretical knowledge and internship experiences to fulfill the competencies required by PDEP to reach entry-level professional dietetic competence. Students in the Program complete three internship courses designed to provide the necessary experiences in clinical, community and administrative areas. These courses will normally be integrated between the third and fourth years of study in the BScAHN (Dietetics). Interns must be prepared to relocate for their internship courses and to accept little to no financial compensation. The IEP is also available to students admitted to the Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition (MScAHN).

Degree Information

The Concept
Academic component: 20 units
Internship component: 3 units – 3 terms (13-16 weeks per intership course)
Total time: 4.5 years
End result: Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition

Academic and Internship Sequence
Following is the program sequence for the integrated Internship Education Program:

Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Academic Term Academic Term Related experience *
Year 2 Academic Term Academic Term Related experience *
Year 3 Academic Term Academic Term Level I Internship
Year 4 Academic Term Academic Term Level II Internship
Year 5 Level III Internship

* This can include a wide range of experiences, gained through work and/or volunteer experiences, which enable the student to independently develop the relevant skills and competencies (professionalism, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and communication) as well as some knowledge of the food and nutrition fields.

The first Internship course (Level 1) will normally be NUTR 4501 (Administration) or NUTR 4503 (Community). NUTR 4502 (Clinical) will normally be scheduled for Level 2 or Level 3, after completion of the BScAHN (Dietetics) required course, NUTR 4408 (Medical Nutrition Therapy I).

Following is the recommended program sequence for the Internship Education Program for the MScAHN Interns:

Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Academic Term Academic Term Level I
Year 2 Thesis Proposal Thesis Data Collection Level II Internship
Year 3 Thesis Completion Level III Internship Graduation

The Internship courses are NUTR 4501 (Administration), NUTR 4502 (Clinical), and NUTR 4503 (Community). These courses may be scheduled for students in the MSc.AHN at any Level but is recommended that NUTR 4502 (Clinical) be taken at Level 2 or Level 3.