Your degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health

While studying Food, Nutrition and Health, you’re learning about a broad spectrum of topics in the food and healthcare systems to focus on how you want to impact human health.

You’ll develop skills to deal with uncertainty through using scientific understanding and address real issues within the systems related to human well-being and nutrition.

These skills may include:

  • Application of logical and systematic thought processes to understanding the structure and functioning of healthcare systems
  • Data synthesis and critical analysis on issues such as food insecurity
  • Critical analysis of current nutrition and public policy literature 
  • Report-writing related to food security, nutrition, and public health 
  • Use of quantitative and qualitative research to identify nutritional issues in a community
  • Interpretation and procurement of food and nutrient intake data
  • Identification of systematic bias within industrial and social reporting
  • Development of advocacy skills to address misinformation and encourage positive eating behaviours
  • Application of scientific solutions to real-life situations within community context, both locally and abroad 
  • Project management and experimental design 
  • Research and critical evaluation of food systems literature
  • Utilization of data to raise stakeholder awareness, allowing for informed decisions within food systems

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including healthcare management, community outreach, education, health promotion and communication, extended care programs, data research, mental health and wellness programs, urban food systems, non-profit organizations, student development, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.
 

Academic instructor

Agricultural consultant

Agrologist

Business development officer

Child and youth worker

City medical officer of health

Community development worker

Community service worker

Conservation officer

Crisis intervention worker

Education curriculum development director

Environmental health officer

Environmental program manager

Family life educator

Farmer

Food quality control

Food service management

Health and safety officer

Health care planner

Health promotion program officer

Home economics teacher

Lab technician

Mental health programs consultant

Nutrition and fitness consultant

Nutrition educator

Occupational health and safety officer

Public health inspector

Sales representative

Social services director

Social services worker

Staff training and development officer

Staff training and development supervisor

Greenhouse operator

Group home worker

Make the most of your major

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.

UBC Farm
Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.

Agora Eats Café
Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student-run café within the MacMillan building.

UBC Wine Research Centre
Connect with this centre that brings together researchers from the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses focused on technological advancement of the wine industry in British Columbia and Canada.

UBC Nutrikids
Meet other UBC students to work together to provide nutrition education workshops for Lower Mainland elementary schools. 

Roots on the Roof
Join this student-run club that manages community garden plots and hosts community events  on the roof of the Nest. 

UBC Sprouts and Seedlings
Volunteer your time with this student-run non-profit grocery store and café on campus. 

Food Nutrition and Health mailing list
Subscribe to receive a weekly email update on postings for volunteer and paid opportunities related to food and nutrition.

Vegans of UBC
Work with other vegans to build a more ethical and healthier UBC community.

BC Children’s Hospital research
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

SuperChefs
Empower and educate children on obesity using programs showcasing balanced nutrition, food preparation, and building positive lifelong habits for well-being.

Fraser Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities.

Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer and build homes for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

World Health Organization
Work with this international organization with a commitment to achieve better health for everyone.

Summer Abroad for Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Study overseas and immerse yourself in a new culture during the summer with a partnering university.

Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities. 

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

From your Land and Food Systems degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Land and Food Systems degree.