Electives Requirement

Students admitted to the UBC Dietetics Major must fulfill a minimum of 12 credits of restricted electives. Restricted electives are to be chosen from the list of approved electives below, or by consultation with a Program Advisor. To be approved, electives must include course content that does not overlap substantively with content of required prerequisite or program courses.

For approval of electives not on the list below, a call for request forms will be sent out twice a year only, in early September and early January.  Please complete and submit the following Request for Electives Approval Form by the stated deadline. 

Approved Courses

Approved elective courses are listed below or can be viewed as a pdf.  The UBC course schedule shows which term the courses are offered.

 ADHE 327 (3) TEACHING ADULTS

Planning, conducting and evaluating instruction for adults. Consideration is given to different beliefs and ways of thinking about teaching. Online course. Equivalency: ADED 327.

ADHE 329 (3) DEVELOPING SHORT COURSES, WORKSHOPS, & SEMINARS*

Organization and administration of adult education events such as short courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and institutes. Online course.  Equivalency: ADED 329.

ADHE 412 (3) AN OVERVIEW OF ADULT EDUCATION

Survey of adult education theory and practice in Canada and the world. The focus is on the purpose and participation in, adult education, characteristics of learners, and the training of adult educators. Online course. Equivalency: ADED 412.

ANTH 227 (3) INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

This is an introductory course in medical anthropology, which includes the study of health, illness and healing from a cross-cultural perspective.

APBI 322 (3) HORTICULTURAL TECHNIQUES

An introduction to horticultural practice in an experiential learning format. Plant identification, seeding, propagation, pruning, cultivation media, pesticide application and safety are examined in the context of integrated crop management.

CLST 301 (3) THE TECHNICAL TERMS OF MEDICINE AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Acquaints the student with the Greek and Latin elements from which most specialized terms of modern medicine are constructed. Intended primarily for students planning to enter the medical, pharmaceutical, or biological sciences.

CNPS 362 (3) BASIC INTERVIEWING SKILLS

Development of basic interviewing skills for counselling and guidance. Dietitians require counselling skills for many areas of practice.  Note: For the Summer and Winter sessions, registration is restricted to students in the faculty of education for the first 3 weeks of registration.

CNPS 365 (3) INTRODUCTION TO THEORIES OF COUNSELLING

An overview of selected theories of counselling.

COMM 280 (3) ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurial essentials from creating viable opportunities through building a founding team, strategic planning, going to market, fleshing out an organization and planning the future of the business.

COMM 329 (3) PRINCIPLES IN ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR

An introductory examination of work organizations and the behaviour of individuals within them. Phenomena to be studied include organizational structure, environments, group processes, motivation and leadership

 

ENGL 301 (3) TECHNICAL WRITING

Study of the principles of written communication in general business and professional activities, and practice in the preparation of abstracts, proposals, reports, and correspondence.  Writing skills are essential to your performance as a dietitian.

FNH 342 (3) CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CONSUMER FOOD PRACTICES

Personal, collective, and policy factors affecting food choices, including perceptions of healthy eating, gender, identity, family structures, and economic, sociocultural, and political forces.  Prerequisite: At least third year standing required.

FNH 355 (3) INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION

Conceptualization and scientific analyses of global problems in food and nutrition; complexities of food habits and malnutrition in various cultures around the world.

FNH 402 (3) FUNCTIONAL FOODS AND NEUTRACEUTICALS  

Functional food and nutraceutical concepts related to ingredient safety and quality; examples of nutrient-disease relationships, requirements for standards of efficacy for health claims; market determinants of functional food and nutraceutical industries.  Prerequisite: third-year standing

FNH 455 (3) APPLIED INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION

Applying nutrition concepts and principles in addressing problems of malnutrition and food insecurity in international settings. Basics of developing culturally acceptable, sustainable nutrition intervention programs. Prerequisite: FNH 355.

FNH 472 (3) MATERNAL AND FETAL NUTRITION

Metabolic adaptations, nutrient metabolism, and special issues during pregnancy that may influence the maternal-fetal nutritional supply. Prerequisite: FNH 350.

FNH 474 (3) SPORT NUTRITION

Nutritional needs of athletes, including energy, carbohydrate and protein; hydration; pre-and post-event nutrition, weight management and body composition issues; ergogenic aids; sports-specific guidelines; and special athlete populations. Prerequisite: All of FNH 350, FNH 351.

FNH 477 (3) NUTRITION AND DISEASE PREVENTION

Evidence-based examination of the role of nutrition in the prevention of chronic disease. Restricted to students in majors in the FNH program. Prerequisite: FNH 398.

FRE 340 (3) INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Characteristics, processes and sources of economic growth, role of agricultural and resource sectors in economic growth, analysis of output and input markets in those sectors, policy failures, tools for empirical analysis of rural markets, growth, and the environment.

KIN 389 (3) NEUROMUSCULAR INTEGRATION OF HUMAN MOVEMENT

The neurophysiological and functional neuroanatomical processes involved in the sensory and motor control of movement, posture and balance in the human. Peripheral and central sensorimotor structures, and neurological diseases that effect human movement and balance control will be discussed.

LFS 400 (3) AUDIO STORYTELLING

Adopts a journalistic framework to communicate powerful stories and present academic content in new ways through the use of audio technology.

LFS 450 (3) LAND, FOOD, AND COMMUNITY III: FOOD SYSTEM SUSTAINABILITY

Problem-based analysis of complex case studies aimed at increasing the sustainability of the UBC Vancouver campus food system. The main activities are integrated into the ongoing UBC Food System Project. Cases are specifically designed to require development of integrated disciplinary and inter-disciplinary analysis.

MICB 202 (3) INTRODUCTORY MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Introduction to cellular and humoral immune responses, the properties of viruses and the principles of bacterial pathogenesis.

PCTH 325 (3) RATIONAL BASIS OF DRUG THERAPY

The principles and applications underlying the action and disposition of therapeutic agents (including alternative medicines) in the body. Use of drugs as tools in experimental research. Prerequisite: One of BIOL 201, BIOC 202, BIOC 203, BIOC 300.

PSYC 314 (3) HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Health-related behaviours such as smoking and drug use; effects of stressful events on health; methods for coping with stress; impact of chronic illness on the family; social support systems.  Prerequisite: Either (a) PSYC 100 or (b) all of PSYC 101, PSYC 102. Or (c) 6 credits of 200-level Psychology (but not 205 or 263).

SOWK 451 (3) HEALTH CARE TEAM DEVELOPMENT

Covers the skills, knowledge, roles, and issues involved with working successfully in interprofessional health and human service teams. Intended for upper division students in any health and human service program. Previously offered as IHHS 400.

SOWK 452 (6) HIV/AIDS PREVENTION & CARE

Prepares senior students to respond effectively to the HIV epidemic and its consequences. The knowledge and skills required for interprofessional and discipline-specific work are explored. Intended for students in health and human service programs. Previously offered as IHHS 402.
Note: Only offered in summer session.

SPPH 200 (3) UNDERSTANDING THE SOCIOCULTURAL DETERMINANTS OF THE HEALTH OF POPULATIONS

The idea of "population health," and the implementation and evaluation of programs or policies to improve health. Open to all students. Previously offered as IHHS 200.

SPPH 300 (3) WORKING IN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH  

This is a course on planning/preparing for work in a developing country. Causes of ill health amongst populations living in poverty; analysis of available solutions. Health Science background not essential. Previously offered as IHHS 300.

SPPH 406 (3) AGING FROM AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE

Covers issues associated with aging in our society. For students registered in health and human services programs only. Previously offered as IHHS 406.

SPPH 408 (6) TOPICS IN ABORIGINAL HEALTH: COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCE

This 4-week elective offers students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with leaders in Aboriginal health, Aboriginal patients and community members while learning to work together with other health professional students. Permission required. Previously offered as IHHS 408. Note: Only offered in summer session.

SPPH 410 (3) IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH: AN INTERPROFESSIONAL APPROACH TO DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE INTERVENTIONS

This course promotes collaborating interprofessionally; each student team will identify and research a critical public health issue, and develop a detailed practical and effective intervention. Intended for students in health and human service programs. Previously offered as IHHS 410.

SPPH 411 (3) VIOLENCE ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

Covers violence in families across the lifespan. Particular emphasis on intersections of race, class, and gender; the long-term impact of childhood exposure to violence; and prevention-focused initiatives. Previously offered as IHHS 411.

SPPH 481A (3) SPECIAL TOPICS IN POPULATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Selected topics will vary. Multiple versions may be taken. This course takes an interprofessional approach and population/public health perspective in addressing current issues in healthcare and health-related fields.