(Subject to approval by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of Ontario.)


  • Degree offered: Graduate Diploma
  • Registration status options: Part-time
  • Language of instruction:
    • French
    • English
  • Program option (expected duration of the program):
    • with coursework (3 part-time terms; 12 consecutive months)
  • Academic units: Faculty of Health SciencesSchool of Nutrition Sciences.

Program Description

The Graduate Diploma in Food Policy and Regulatory Affairs focuses on the fundamentals of transforming complex scientific information on food safety, nutrition and health into relevant public health policies. The program offers students with a background in science an opportunity to explore current public health challenges in the area of food safety and nutrition to build the key knowledge and expertise required in today’s public health policymaker.  

The development of science-based regulation and policy is by nature interdisciplinary, encompassing the fields of nutrition, microbiology, law, social sciences and consumer behaviour. Through lectures, assignments, group activities, guest speakers and internships, students will be exposed to current issues at the local, provincial, national and international levels to better understand challenges being faced by those creating, enforcing and following regulations surrounding food, natural health product and supplements. 

Fees and Funding

  • Program fees:

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies.

International students enrolled in a French-language program of study may be eligible for a differential tuition fee exemption.


  • Programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to complete their assignments, examinations, research papers, and theses in French or in English.
  • The internship may be in French, English, or both.

Program Contact Information

Academic Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
125 University Private, Room 232
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5853
Toll free: 1-877-868-8292, ext. 5853
Email: healthsc@uOttawa.ca

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(Subject to approval by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities of Ontario.)

Application Deadlines

Deadlines Fall term Winter term Summer term
Canadian students - - -
International students - - -
  • Applications received after the deadline will only be considered based on the availability of space and funding.
  • The admission period may close before the anticipated deadline if an excessive number of applications are received.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Nutrition, Health Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biopharmaceutical Science, Biomedical Sciences, or a related field with a minimum average of 70% (B+) calculated in accordance with graduate studies guidelines.

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Pay the $100 ($CDN non-refundable) application fee.

Language Requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (French or English) in the program to which they are applying. Given that the scientific literature in the field is mainly published in English, it is necessary to have at least a passive knowledge of English. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.


  • The admission requirements listed above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Admissions are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.

Documents Required for Admission

In addition to the documents required for graduate and postdoctoral studies, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Transcripts from all universities attended:
    • You must submit official transcripts from all the universities you have attended.
      This applies to all courses and programs at any university you attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
    • If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.

Note: Documents that are not required for admission will not be consulted, conserved or returned to the student. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

Information about how to apply to this program is available under the Apply Now section.

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the deadline indicated above.

Graduate Studies Diploma

Students must meet the following requirements:

Compulsory courses:
NUT 5111
NUT 5112
NUT 5113
NUT 5114
NUT 5115

Minimum Requirements

The passing grade in all courses is C+.

Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 units) or the same course twice are required to withdraw from the program.

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Research at the Faculty involves many important aspects of health, including women's health, health in the elderly, health needs of francophones in a minority context, Aboriginal health, physical activity and health, multiple interventions in population health, palliative care, rehabilitation and functional autonomy, health and technology, and evidence based practice.

Facilities, Research Centres and Institutes at the Faculty of Health Sciences

  • The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • The Bruyère Research Institute
  • The Community Health Research Unit
  • The Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development
  • The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research
  • L’Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort
  • The Institute of Population Health
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.