ACADEMIC YEAR: 2021-22
DURATION: minimum 11 months
COST: $1500 / course
Food Policy and Regulatory Affairs is a non-credit professional development program designed with career driven individuals in mind. Participants benefit from a compressed part-time schedule to develop the skills and knowledge they require to develop regulations and policies in the field of public health, food and nutrition. Participants who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Professional Development in Food Policy and Regulatory Affairs. The program consists of four compulsory courses, each comprised of six full days in the classroom, and a 15-week experiential learning placement.
This program offers distance learning, in accordance with current health regulations. It will remain an option in the future and once the public health situation is under control, we will have classes available in person as well.
Paid Experiential Learning Placement
- Minimum of 15 weeks in a real-life work environment (full-time or part-time)
- Organizations :
- Federal and provincial government
- Non-government organizations
- Food companies
Participants of the program will be qualified for positions in government in the development of regulations and policies as well as in non-governmental agencies (representing farmers, processors, etc.) and the food industry in the areas of ensuring compliance with regulations and representing industry interests on emerging issues.
Take one professional development course or all five to obtain the certificate!
- Courses are open to everyone who holds a BSc or BASc in Food Science, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Health Sciences or a related field.
- In order to be eligible for the certificate, the five courses that make up the professional development program must be completed in a maximum of five years.
- There are no residency requirements, but participants must be eligible to work in Canada in order to complete the program experiential learning placement.
- Final grade is on a Pass/Fail basis. A ‘Pass’ is required in all the courses in order to obtain a certificate of completion or meet the prerequisite condition for taking other courses, where applicable.
How to register
Click on the link above.
Cost and Payment
Food Policy and Regulatory Affairs professional development program courses are $1,500 (plus HST) each (NUT 1, NUT 2, NUT 3, NUT 4). There is no registration fee for NUT5.
Successful participants will receive a registration confirmation and a receipt to confirm their enrolment to the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please visit our frequently asked questions.
Are you offering the course online?
- For the fall session, the classes will be delivered online on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 over six consecutive weeks. For the winter session, classes might be in person and online. Participants can attend only online.
How many hours per course?
- Each course is 36 hours divided on 6 periods on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 over six consecutive weeks.
Can you apply for each course separately?
- Yes. You must register to all courses separately.
Is there a deadline to apply?
- Yes it is one week before the first class, but it would be appreciated registering at least three weeks before the first class if possible.
What is the average size of a class?
- Average size of the class is 10 peoples.
Is course in French as well?
- The course is in English only.
If you are registered, are you considered a full time or part-time student at the university?
- No, Continuing Education Students are not considered students of the University of Ottawa.
Considering Course 1 starts in September, can I start in January with the course NUT2 (Fundamentals of Food Risk Analysis)?
- Yes, you can. Participants are allowed to start from NUT1, NUT2 or NUT3, and need to complete any two of these courses to take NUT4.
Can I apply to OSAP?
- Because this is a continuing education/professional development program, participants are not eligible for scholarships or OSAP.
How many hours per course?
- Each course is 36 hours divided on three periods of two days (Fridays and Saturdays)
Are there fees for NUT5?
- Only Nut1-2-3 and 4 have fees.
Where is the form to apply?
- When you click on ‘Register here', a link will bring you to the new platform name General store. Fill out the registration; add to your cart and pay.
What information is required for application?
- The program requires that you obtain a BSc degree and that you submit a completed registration form for consideration. As stated in the program requirement, “Courses are open to everyone who holds a BSc or BASc in Food Science, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Health Sciences or a related field.”
Are you offering the course online?
- The Food Policy and Regulatory Affairs courses are offered only in person to ensure interactive learning environment,
Does the placement start immediately after courses are completed? Around April?
- It will depend on the placement site, position availability and participant availability. Some of the participants prefer to start their placement in September.
Where is the placement done?
- You can have a placement in different areas; weather in a governmental or a non-governmental agency or in industry. You are welcome to propose a placement and/or find your own placement.
Is the placement guarantee for each participant after completing all courses?
- No placement is guarantee. The participant must apply for positions and demonstrate competencies required for each position in order to be hired by the employer.
Is there a guided process in applying and finding placements? Do we have access to a list of potential employers?
Or do we have to find a place on our own?
- Participants can apply for a paid experiential learning training either by employers suggested by the placement coordinator or through their own contact of employers. Either way, the placement should be approved by the coordinator.
Where the placements can take place? Should be done in Ottawa or anywhere in Canada (ie. GTA area)?
- The placements could be done in Ottawa area or anywhere in Canada closer to where the participants live given that the employer is eligible.
In what way this course will be helpful in increasing my chance to apply for job opportunities in both government and private sections after completing the certificate?
- As per the University of Ottawa's website, participants of the program will be qualified for positions in government in the development of regulations and policies as well as in non-governmental agencies (representing farmers, processors, etc.) and the food industry in the areas of ensuring compliance with regulations and representing industry interests on emerging issues.
"The Food Policy and Regulatory Affairs program connected my passions for food and science. The facilitators were excellent and opened my eyes to opportunities that I had not considered with my biochemistry background. I had wonderful guidance throughout my internship with Health Canada, where I was able to exercise the knowledge and skills gained in the courses and further build the confidence and experience required to continue my career in the field.”
“Great learning environment with excellent real world application. We got to hear from a wide range of speakers that really put into perspective the different aspects involved in food policy.”
This part-time program provides a dynamic, interactive learning environment with flexibility to progress at your own pace. Take one professional development course or all five to obtain the certificate. An acknowledgement of completion of each course will be issued . The certificate program consists of four compulsory courses and a 15-week experiential learning placement.
Starting in fall 2020, internships will be offered on an optional basis. Participants may receive a certificate after the completion of four courses, and when applicable, another certificate could be delivered if participants choose to complete a practicum training.
|NUT 1||Current Challenges in Food Safety and Nutrition|
Participants will learn critical analysis and strategic thinking skills by exploring a variety of challenges encountered in the food industry by analyzing current literature and other resources. The scientific evidence and regulatory questions surrounding topics such as genetically modified foods, food allergens, nutritional quality of the food supply (e.g. trans fat, sodium, sugars) will be investigated. Questions regarding methods for determining efficacy of natural health products and best practices for providing nutrition guidance for consumers will be discussed. Participants will examine emerging issues including minimization of antimicrobial resistance, implications of microbiome research on food regulation, and safety of nanotechnology.
Dates: September 11, 17, 18, 24, 25; October 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, 23. (From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
|NUT 2||Fundamentals of Food Risk Analysis|
Regulatory and voluntary tools which are used to manage risk in the food industry will be introduced. Participants will learn to conduct food risk assessment using case studies and develop strategies to minimize risk of cases of microbial, chemical and allergen contamination including the application of a decision-making framework for identifying, assessing, and managing health risks. Best practices and novel tools for risk communication will be discussed and participants will apply these tools in the development of a risk management and communication plan. An examination of international food risk analysis activities will be undertaken.
Dates: November 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18. (From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
|NUT 3||Fundamentals of Public Health Policy Development|
Participants will learn the roles of Canadian federal, provincial, territorial and local departments and agencies with regard to formulation, implementation and enforcement of regulations. The responsibilities of policymakers, researchers, management and elected officials in policy development and communication will be examined. Tools used in scientific evidence-based policy making will be studied. Participants will analyze complex scientific reports including meta-analyses and surveillance data reports to evaluate the validity and degree of certainty of the evidence supporting scientific and epidemiological questions. Using social research tools, participants will assess the impact of public health policies on stakeholders and consumers.
Dates: January 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; February 4, 5, 11, 12, 25, 26. (From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
|NUT 4||Student Research and Seminars|
Participants will learn methods and approaches for food policy and regulation development by applying them to a current topic of interest in food safety or nutrition public health. Using social and scientific research tools, background information and context will be gathered and analyzed. Best practices will be used to develop policy on the chosen issue and a determination of whether changes to regulations should be recommended will be made. Research projects will be presented to fellow participants, professors and guest evaluators.
Dates: March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; April 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23. (From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
|NUT 5||Experiential Learning Placement||15 weeks|
Participants will apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a real-life work environment through the completion of a project or work package during a paid placement. At the end of the placement, they will submit a report to the program describing how the required competencies were acquired through their activities. Participants will be employed in a federal government department, a provincial government department, an appropriate non-government organization, a food company or other suitable environment through a competitive process. Alternatively, participants may identify and seek approval for placement in an establishment that is able to offer a suitable work environment and activities.
Employers will be provided with a document outlining the expectations for guidance in required competencies. The placement will be a minimum of 15 weeks full-time or equivalent if completed part-time but may be longer at the request of the employer and agreement of the participant.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of NUT 1, NUT 2, NUT 3 and NUT 4.
*No elective, or optional courses will be offered.
*Course availability subject to enrollment minimums.
* Final grade is on a Pass/Fail basis. A ‘Pass’ is required in all the courses
in order to obtain a certificate of completion or meet the prerequisite condition
for taking other courses, where applicable.