What is a Public Health Nutritionist and Dietitian?

A Public Health Nutritionist or Dietitian is a Registered Dietitian with a unique knowledge of food and nutrition and how it impacts health. They use a wide range of skills to share this knowledge including writing, counselling, consulting, advocating, public speaking, teaching, researching and more!

What do you need to do to become a Public Health Nutritionist or Dietitian?

  • Complete a degree in foods and nutrition from an accredited Canadian university
  • Complete one year of practical training in an accredited internship program in Canada, or equivalent, such as a recognized master’s degree
  • Pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination and become a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario

In addition to the above, a Public Health Nutritionist must complete a master’s degree with an emphasis on public health or nutrition. In what areas do Public Health Nutritionists and Dietitians work?

At the Perth District Health Unit, Registered Dietitians work mainly in chronic disease prevention and reproductive and child health, but act as consultants to many Health Unit programs.

What is the best part about being a Public Health Nutritionist or Dietitian at the Perth District Health Unit?

Working with people of all ages in the community, partnering with community groups and organizations, and connecting with other healthcare providers around the county.

What is the most challenging part?

With the amount of nutrition information available on the internet and increasing personal interest in healthy eating, it is a challenge to make sure local health professionals and the community have accurate, evidence-based nutrition information and the knowledge and skills to put that information into practice.

Thinking about becoming a Public Health Nutritionist or Dietitian?

A career as a Registered Dietitian is rewarding, exciting and challenging. Dietitians of Canada provides further information about becoming a Public Health Nutritionist or Dietitian.