Rachelle Wood

Nutritionist Degrees and Programs in Canada

Health and wellness is increasingly involving focus on the food we eat. There are many well-paying jobs in Canada that value those with degrees specializing in nutrition. Sports medicine, for example, requires nutritionists. Popular sporting agencies for games like hockey pay nutritionists particularly well. There are a number of degrees and programs in this field interested students can enroll in. The degrees may vary slightly in the content and qualifications offered. The price will vary depending on the prestige of the program or the institution that is offering the program. If you want to become a nutritionist in Canada, here is a list of degrees to consider:

M. Sc. in Nutritional Science, University of Toronto

This nutrition and science degree from one of Canada's most acclaimed universities will get recognition from anywhere. This program teaches the scientific, clinical, and community aspects of nutrition that humans need. The degree requires a research project, where students can choose any subject ranging from community obesity levels to molecular structure of trans fat. Students can study up to a doctorate if they wish to. Some prerequisite courses in the health and science field will be required.

M.Sc. in Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba

This is a graduate program in the science of nutrition. It focuses on the role nutrients play in the human body and how food affects human health. This is a heavily science-focused program. Subject areas also include food quality and acceptability in a community. Those who graduate with this degree will meet the requirements to become a member of the prestigious Dietitians of Canada organization. Advanced students can participate in a clinical dietetics practicum.

Human Nutrition, M.Sc., University of British Columbia in Vancouver

This is one of the most comprehensive programs in human nutrition offered in the country. The degree is focused on individual research and conducting original research into the basic and applied aspects of human nutrition. This includes metabolism, disease, behaviours, and diet. The curriculum contains coursework, a research thesis, field work, and lab work.

Nutrition, M.Sc., University of Saskatchewan

This nutrition program offers extensive opportunities to specialize in the different aspects of the field. The degree is research heavy and encompasses various fields such as biochemistry and community nutrition. Students can choose to specialise in a sub-field such as nutritional epidemiology, food biotechnology, and nutrition education. These areas are highly relevant to the modern field of nutrition.

How to Fund a Nutritionist Degree in Canada

Once you have found the degree that matches your expectations from the list above, it's time to find ways to pay for it. There are several methods to fund a secondary education degree in nutrition. If you are an exceptional student, you may be able to apply for a scholarship from the institution or from government funding. This may prove to be a good option if you are, perhaps in extremely financially dire straits. However, the number of people who get funding and scholarships this manner are extremely low.

There are more certain ways independent students can fund their education. Saving the necessary amount is the best option. However, unless you are making a lot of money, saving the amount needed for a degree will take a very long time. Other, more convenient options include paying for the degree with a credit card, or taking out a HELOC (borrowing against your house).

Financing and Credit Tools

If you need to borrow money to pay for your degree, do it carefully. If you are comfortable using credit cards, you can use a card to pay the tuition fee at the start of the semester. Then, you can work part-time to pay it off during the rest of the semester. This is a very convenient option. If you don't want to work, or not sure if you will be able to make enough money, consider borrowing against an item of value. For instance, like your house. These loans offer grace periods so you don't have to start paying off right away.