Why Nutrition Communication (MHSc) at Ryerson? ​

Why Nutrition Communication (MHSc) at Ryerson? ​

November 8, 2019 0 By William Morgan

When I entered the program
I had no idea what
a dietician does.
5 years later I
am still learning
what a dietician does.
This is the program
where you are going to get
that personalized experience.
You’re going to get
a practicum
that’s tailored to you
and you’re also going
to get that coursework
that’s going to give you
the background.
It’s just a unique program
that fit with my goals
for what I wanted in terms
of my work placements.
It really allows you
the opportunity to specialize
in an area of nutrition
but then also get your masters
and also become a dietician
which is really great
The goal of our credited
Option 1 Practicum
of the MHSC Program
is to really prepare students
for dietetic practice.
Our curriculum
is really geared
to meet dietician’s needs.
Students become adept at
understanding and interpreting
scientific evidence
which is the foundation
of practice based decision
making in dietetics.
Our courses give students
opportunities to understand
and apply adult
education theory,
principals of universal design
for education,
flexible learning
and communication strategies

that really meet
a wide range of
audience needs
including people living
with disabilities.
I think the masters
really steps up your game
in terms of your
confidence level.
A lot of our coursework
really prepared us
for the work placement
because it was so self-directed
I came in having done
my bachelors degree
and not really feeling
like I could go out
into the real world
and be a dietician
and the coursework,
those two semesters
really set the foundation,
gave me a lot of the skills
and knowledge
that I was then able
to apply in the practicum.
Like how to do a

systematic literature review,
how to write for a
specific audience,
knowledge translation,
strategies of health behaviour,
all of these things
that I really took
with me into my practicum.
The MHSC students engage
in an 8 month practicum
following their two semesters
of coursework.
So the practicum has a variety
of different placements
where students meet the
integrated competencies
for dietetic education
and practice.
It’s like working a 9-5 job
so they go and work the
hours of their preceptors.

They do the tasks
of their preceptors
would be engaging in
and they really work
alongside dieticians
and other allied
health professionals
to engage in the work
that dieticians do.
You have some really
unique work
opportunities that could
be your calling
One of my preceptors
was talking to me
she said sorry
I keep forgetting
that you’re a student,
I keep thinking that
you’re a colleague
and I kind of sat there
and I thought I feel
like I work here too
and it was really great to have that
feeling of I can actually
do this job.
So, when choosing
a practicum
students are required
to complete certain placements
in area of nutrition care
population health and
However, the diversity
is really vast
so if students want to engage
in more hospital based
practicum then they can,
if they prefer to
work more
in the community or in industry
we also look at these factors
in order to make sure
that their placement areas
that they prefer.
I couldn’t have gotten
the experience that
I was looking for at a
hospital internship program
because I knew specifically
that I wanted to be
working in the community
for most of my time.
So Ryerson really
offered that to me
There was a lot
more flexibility
in terms of me potentially
being able to direct where
my work placements were.
How long I could be where.
It’s really great
when you know what
you want to do,
but also if you don’t
know what you want to do
at the end because you can
experiment with different things
Megan was able to
take our preferences,
our desires, what we
wanted to learn,
what we were interested in,
and what we needed to learn
and put all of those together
so everyone had this
really unique experience.
Part of my job
is getting to know the students
and what their personalities
are like and then matching them
with preceptors
where I know they’ll
have a great experience.
Megan was my friend,
my therapist
my everything during the practicum
She really takes the time
to get to know you.
I’ve emailed her
and she always responds
she’s willing to
set up a phone call
or do whatever you need
to really make you feel like
you’re moving forward
and you’re going to be
successful in the program
If you’re struggling
or you’re having
emotional challenges
with your course work
or with your internship
she’ll really guide you
through that process
to make it easier on you.
There is a lot of flexibility
in where students are placed,
and also we focus on
students’ preferences
and their ability to travel.
So, if students prefer
to engage in placements
closer to their home,
where they’ll likely be working
when they finish the program,
I look for opportunities
where they can save
a little bit of money
and create networking
You get so many opportunities
to go from workplace
to workplace
and meet so many people
that there is absolutely
the chance
of networking and
having job opportunities
when you’re done
which is really amazing.
Well, in this day and age,
getting a job all
if it is networking
Someone like me
who didn’t know
where to start,
who do I talk to,
these work
great opportunities
to actually meet
other dieticians
and to be able to
connect with them
Networking in dietetics
is very important.
At Ryerson you start
to accumulate
that network by working
with your fellow students
We really talk about
how to network
with each other
and how to maintain
that great circle of friends
that you developed
over the course of the program
I was lucky to get employment
very early and I would send jobs to
we had a group on Facebook
so definitely that was
our first network
we kind of all shared things
with each other
even after we graduated.
Having such a close
group of students
is actually one
of the highlights
of the program for me.
As we move on I think we’re
all going to
keep in touch
and keep supporting
each other.
I’m really passionate
about my job.
I love watching the transition
that students go through
throughout the
16 months of the program.
And it’s really rewarding
when at the end of the day
20 students graduate
and become dieticians
and really join a field
that I am so proud of.
It means so much to me to be
graduating and everyone
was really emotional today
It’s just like a weight
is lifted off of my shoulders
and now I’m ready
to take my schooling
in whatever direction I want
because I feel like I’m ready.
I would recommend the
Ryerson Nutrition Communication
graduate program
because it offered me
a sense of community,
the skillsets that I needed
in the area that
I wanted to work in.
And to me, the
most important thing
was that they really valued us
as individuals, with our
individual career pathways.
I always recommend the program
I would say 100% you’re going
to get a unique experience,
it’s going to be
tailored to you,
you’re going to be able to get
that hands on experience
but also have a skillset
that you need
to go out there and do it.
I think it’s wonderful,
it’s really personally
changed my life
and I’m really happy
with how far I’ve come
since the beginning.
It’s been really, really nice.