Division of Community Health and Humanities

Graduate Programs - Master of Public Health - Nutrition/Dietetics

Program Contacts:

Program Chair

Dr. Gerald White
Academic Program Administrator
Email: gerald.white@med.mun.ca

General Admission Inquiries:

Application Deadline Date:

February 1st (Fall admission only)
All application documentation must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by this date.

Note: there is only one intake of students each year.

How to apply to this program?

Application is made through the School of Graduate Studies. Visit their application page for full details about applying to a graduate program at Memorial University.
Master of Public Health - Nutrition/Dietetics Stream

This program stream offers an advanced program of study for students who have completed a bachelor's degree in the field of dietetics and wish to pursue a career in dietetics or community nutrition. It offers an opportunity for advanced academic study in the area of public health with a qualifying internship that will permit practice in the field of dietetics. Students complete 6 core courses, 2 seminars, a general Dietetics of Canada (DC) accredited dietetics internship, and a research project.

Students will develop skills in the area of wellness maintenance, public health nutrition, and disease prevention. The program is only available on a full-time basis. Students will complete the program in 24 consecutive months.

Please note: The Nutrition/Dietetics stream is an on-site program.
Program Requirements:
  • MED6280 - Community Health Research Methods
  • MED6288 - Policy and Decision Making
  • MED6200 - Biostatistics
  • MED6270 - Epidemiology I
  • MED6730 - Professional Practice
  • MED6731 - Community Nutrition
  • MED6700-6701 - 2 public health seminars
  • MED6733-6736 - Dietetic Internship I, II, III, IV
  • MED671A/B - Research Project
Admission Requirements:
  • Have successfully completed an undergraduate dietetics program accredited by Dietitians of Canada (DC) and provide written verification of same. A downloadable form is available on Dietitians of Canada website.  Please see "Confirmation of Completion of Academic Program" on page 10 at the following electronic address: http://www.dietitians.ca/Downloadable-Content/Public/2013-internship-application-package.aspxNOTE: If you were educated outside Canada, visit the Dietitians of Canada website to find out if or how you can qualify: https://www.dietitians.ca/Become-a-Dietitian.aspx 
  • Have a minimum academic average of 75% over the last 2 years of full-time study
  • Meet the MUN English proficiency requirements (complete an undergraduate degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English or have satisfactory English testing scores).
  • Pre-requisite Course: successful completion of a post-secondary level statistics course
  • Have satisfactory appraisals from two referees (at least one appraisal should be academic; the second can be professional)
  • Candidates should also complete the "statement of interest" section on the online application (item #9). Please indicate your interest and possible experience (either as a paid employee or a volunteer) in the area of public health in this section.
Note: A faculty supervisor is NOT required for this program.

Admission to this program is competitive and not all qualifying students are admitted to the program. The Division of Community Health & Humanities reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

Application Process:

All applicants must complete an on-line application available from the School of Graduate Studies website. For information on how to apply to this program, please visit the Application Procedures webpage.

Once you submit your web application, you can check your graduate application status by going back to the web application site and signing in under the previously selected login ID and PIN used to create your web application. It is the applicant's responsiblity to ensure all supporting documentation is received by the application deadline date; checking the application status can help applicants monitor their graduate application.  For more details, visit: http://www.mun.ca/become/graduate/apply/alreadyapplied.php.

Normally, applicants are notified about their admission status 6 to 8 weeks AFTER the application deadline date. 

Program Cost (effective Fall 2019):

This program is to be completed in two years or 6 academic semesters.

  Program Fee
Per Semester

No. of
Semesters Fee
must be Paid

Tuition for Newfoundland & Labrador Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for Canadian Citizens/Permanent Residents
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Tuition for International Students
Plan A
Plan B
Plan C

Students also pay a special fee of $1,460: charged half in semester 1 and half in semester 2. They are also responsible for a number of other fees, such as student union fees, recreation fees, and health and dental insurance. For a comprehensive list, please refer to the Minimum Expense Form found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Cost of Living:
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The estimated cost of living for students attending Memorial University and living on or near campus can be found here.

Funding Information:

Memorial University does not provide funding to students entering course-based graduate degrees.

Dietetic Internship:

The internship is accredited by Dietetics of Canada and provides students with the opportunity to work in a health care setting.  Full-time placements are currently available in regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Employment Opportunities:

Students graduating from this program can expect to find employment in government, hospital, or health-related organizations.

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