The Nutrition and Food Service Management Department offers different programs and courses for students depending on their personal goals. These include the Nutrition and Food Service Diploma Program, the Associate of Science in Food and Nutrition Program, and the Diploma in Food, Nutrition, and Health Transfer Program. There are also individual courses that can be taken as electives, such as Sport Nutrition and Introduction to Nutrition. All of the courses are taught by Registered Dietitians, with specialized knowledge in their subject areas.
The Nutrition and Food Service Management Diploma Program provides students with the education and training needed for careers in food service management, with a strong focus on nutrition in the healthcare sector. The courses in the program focus on the administration of food and support services for healthcare facilities, as well as nutrition. Courses offered by the department are all 100% online. Graduates work in management and supervisory roles, such as Support Services manager, Food Service manager, Food Service Supervisor, and Diet Technician, primarily in health care food service operations. There are four different streams that the student can select from to complete this path to their career.
The Associate of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition prepares students to meet course requirements for application to the BSc (Food, Nutrition, and Health) program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC. If eligible, the students can then apply to their Dietetics program. The courses may also meet the requirements of other dietetics programs across Canada.
The Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Health Transfer Program is a limited enrolment program that provides courses to match the first two years of prerequisite requirements for the dietetic major at UBC. While successful completion of the diploma does allow the student to apply directly to the Dietetics program, entry into the UBC program is not guaranteed.
All programs accept students to start in January, May, and September, but deadlines for application are 3 months before the term starts. Later applications will be accepted as space allows. Note that course availability will decrease the closer to the start of term it is.
The majority of the food service theory and nutrition courses are university-transferable to institutions around the province. Several upper level courses transfer to third and fourth year at UBC and can be used for dietetic academic upgrading, or to meet upper-level degree program elective requirements.
Many arts and science students also opt to take nutrition and food service courses as electives. Introduction to Nutrition, Nutrition I, Nutrition II, and Sports Nutrition are popular electives to take, and they are offered in a variety of methods – in-class, completely online, and mixed mode.