Your degree in Food, Nutrition, and Health

Skills you'll develop

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 food, nutrition, and human well-being.

These skills may include:

  • Demonstration of food systems literacy and systems thinking competencies when analyzing food system sustainability and food security issues
  • Ability to describe the digestion, transport, absorption, and excretion of macronutrients and micronutrients and how these processes influence health
  • Capability of distinguishing between beneficial, pathogenic, and spoilage microorganisms in food and how to manage their growth, survival, and control
  • Application of food law, regulatory, quality control, and quality assurance principles
  • Application of project management skills to the design and implementation of an interdisciplinary and community-based food systems project
  • Ability to influence the transmission and control of physical, chemical, and biological food hazards
  • Assessment of scientific literature and interpreting statistical data related to nutrition, food, and public health
  • Writing food security, nutrition, and public health reports without perpetuating systematic bias
  • Ability to apply scientific solutions to real-life nutritional and health situations within a community context, both locally and abroad

Career possibilities

Career opportunities in food, nutrition, and health vary across a range of fields including healthcare management, community outreach, education, health promotion and communication, extended care programs, 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. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Education curriculum development director
  • Environmental health officer
  • Family life educator
  • Farmer
  • Food quality control
  • Food service management
  • Health and safety officer
  • Health care planner
  • Health promotion program officer
  • Home economics teacher
  • Medical doctor
  • Nurse
  • Mental health programs consultant
  • Nutrition and fitness consultant
  • Nutrition educator
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Public health inspector
  • Health product sales representative
  • Social services worker
  • Staff training and development officer

Make the most of your major

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

  • Agora Eats Café
    Provide affordable, healthy food choices volunteering with this student-run café within the MacMillan building.
  • UBC Nutrikids
    Meet other UBC students to work together to provide nutrition education workshops for Lower Mainland elementary schools.
  • UBC Food Science Club on Facebook
    Create educational Food Science events for students who share a passion for food.
  • SuperChefs
    Empower and educate children on obesity using programs showcasing balanced nutrition, food preparation, and building positive lifelong habits for well-being.
  • UBC Sprouts and Seedlings
    Volunteer your time with this student-run non-profit grocery store and café on campus.
  • Summer Abroad for Faculty of Land and Food Systems
    Study overseas and immerse yourself in a new culture during the summer with a partnering university.
  • UBC Farm
    Get involved with many different opportunities in teaching and research on this 24-hectare community farm on campus.
  • UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre
    Access this state-of-the-art facility which provides opportunities for dairy research and education.
  • 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.
  • Roots on the Roof
    Join this student-run club that manages community garden plots and hosts community events  on the roof of the Nest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health volunteer opportunities
    Gain volunteer experience with healthcare opportunities in local communities. 
  • NatureKids BC
    Engage BC children and their families to get outdoors to play and learn about nature.

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Food, Nutrition and Health graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

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.