Food and Nutrition Management Program

  • Program Name:
    Food and Nutrition Management
  • Code: H402
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    1 year (2 semesters) September to May
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,742.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:
    We believe in learning by doing and that is why we have incorporated work integrated learning opportunities into all CHCA programs.

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Program Overview

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, George Brown puts you at the centre of the culinary industry in Canada. If you're a Hospitality and Culinary Arts graduate with a passion for health care and nutrition, our one-year Food and Nutrition Management graduate certificate program is what you're looking for. We'll build on the skills you already have by teaching you about food modification, clinical nutrition, physiology, nutrition analysis, sanitation and safety. Through classroom instruction and work placements, you'll learn how hospitals, retirement homes and long-term care facilities provide their patients with nutritious food and care.

Full Description

George Brown College has been delivering this nutrition program with great success for more than 30 years. We'll build on the culinary skills you already have by teaching you about food modification, clinical nutrition, physiology, nutrition analysis, sanitation and safety. Through classroom instruction and work placements, you'll learn how hospitals, retirement homes and long-term care facilities provide their patients and residents with nutritious food and care.


This top nutrition program is accredited by the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management, which is necessary for employment as a Food and Nutrition Manager in Ontario.

Program Schedule

The schedule for the Food and Nutrition Management program is based on a five-day week, Monday to Friday, with classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This allows students to pursue part-time positions in related health-care fields while in school.

Your Field Education Options

As part of the program you will practice your skills by completing a work integrated learning opportunity in our student-run Café. Students will complete 35 hours including weekends as this models our café business operation. This valuable work experience can be added to your resume.

CHCA students can also participate in several short study abroad opportunities. Our options change often, but in recent years have included Peru, Europe, Spain, Costa Rica, India, Thailand and trips across Canada. Some trips are purely experiential learning, while others provide you with the opportunity to receive credit for a course in your program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

  1. Plan menus to accommodate the nutritional, dietary and medical needs, cultural and religious requirements, and personal preferences of clients.
  2. Manage handling, preparation and service of food to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, and industry best practices for health, safety, sanitation, quality assurance and client satisfaction.
  3. Manage nutritional needs of diverse clients in health care and other food service settings in collaboration with or under the direction of health care professionals.
  4. Support others to work professionally and ethically in accordance with industry, organization and legal standards.
  5. Monitor relevant local, national and global trends, emerging technologies, changes to legislation and best practices to enhance work performance and guide management decisions.
  6. Deliver customer service that anticipates, meets and/or exceeds individual expectations and is consistent with organization standards and objectives.
  7. Manage hiring, coaching, training, scheduling, work performance and evaluation of department staff in accordance with human resources, labour relations, workplace health and safety, and industry best practices.
  8. Manage inventory, suppliers and procurement of goods and services according to industry best practices, financial constraints, and principles of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
  9. Analyze food and nutrition services and operations, and manage the implementation and evaluation of changes, to support continuous improvement.
  10. Plan and manage budgets consistent with organization objectives and legal requirements for food and nutrition service departments.
  11. Select, use and support the use of information and industry-specific technologies to enhance individual work performance and the management and delivery of food and nutrition services.
  12. Promote food and nutrition services and healthy living to support marketing plans and the general well-being of stakeholders.


Required Courses


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF4010 Management Sanitation and Safety
HOST4003 Menu Analysis
HOST 4020 Work Integrated Learning*
MGMT4005 Food Service Management
NUTR4002 Nutrition Analysis
NUTR4003 Clinical Nutrition
PHSL4001 Basic Physiology
COMM4006 Leadership Communications


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF4004 Clinical Externship
HOSF4005 Food Modification Lab
HOST4001 Facilities Design
HOST4002 Health-Care Standards
HOST4005 Administrative Externship
HOSF4010 Management Sanitation and Safety
HRM4001 Labour Relations
NUTR4003 Clinical Nutrition
PSY4001 Gerontology
COMM4006 Leadership Communications

*Students that do not have a culinary credential must complete a short placement in our student-led Cafe at the Chef School.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

You will have excellent employment opportunities among the growing number of residences and health-care facilities that serve Canada's increasing population of seniors. As a graduate of this nutrition program, you will be eligible to become a member of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management*, allowing you to work as a Food and Nutrition Manager in Ontario's provincially accredited health-care facilities.

Your career could lead to a rewarding position in one of Ontario's many hospitals, long-term care facilities, manufacturing operations, community services organizations and retirement homes. Positions may include:

  • Food Service Supervisor
  • Food Manager
  • Nutrition Manager
  • Diet Technician
  • Food Service Director

*Additional fees may apply.

Tuition and Fees


$4,742.00 * †

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

† Additional Cost

Fees for this program do not include CPR First Aid (approx. $900)

Knives and small wares$500-$700
Black Safety Shoes$110-$160

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

  • Culinaryapprenticeship, Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary orHospitality Management 
  • Demonstrated experience (resume required)
  • Interview

Note: A Degree in a nutrition-related discipline will be considered, whichmust include Marketing & Accounting courses. If you do not have these courseson your current transcript, you will be required to complete them during thecourse of the program to graduate.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at
  • Students will also be required to be carded for "mask fitting" and to provide proof of flu immunization.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into clinical or administrative placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their clinical or administrative placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for clinical or administrative placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

Health Policy

Students should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

How to Apply

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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Eugene Badal

"Being in the culinary field for almost a decade, I wanted to propel my career to the next level. I decided to pursue a postgraduate diploma in Food and Nutrition Management. George Brown College was the obvious choice for me. I had interactions with industry professionals in the past who were alumni of the college and I have nothing but admiration and respect for them all. The values and learning acquired at George Brown permeate the industry and sets the standard very high. The program was challenging and intensive but it absolutely put me in a position to succeed in a management role. Professors and guest speakers alike were practicing industry professionals who disseminated current and relevant industry insight that was useful and invaluable to my career advancement. Being Canadian Society of Nutrition Managers (CSNM) accredited, the program is highly recognized throughout the industry!"

Contact Us

For inquiries about domestic admission requirements, admission deadlines or the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office at or visit the Admissions web page.

For inquiries about international admission requirements, permits, visas, accommodations or anything specific to international students, please contact the International Centre or visit the International Application Process web page.

For inquiries about OSAP, bursaries, scholarships and other financial inquiries, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or visit the Financial Aid web page.

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 For program curriculum inquiries, please contact the Co-ordinator:
Lloyd Sudeyko, Program Co-ordinator

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