Centennial College


About Program

The Nutrition and Food Service Management program at Centennial College is the longest established two-year program of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area.

This health diploma program has been the recipient of numerous awards for its approach to preparing students to pursue challenging careers as managers in the dynamic and growing health care and food service industry. Nutrition and Food Service Management has received the Centennial College President's Academic Program Recognition awards for Job Market Preparation, Student Satisfaction, Graduate Satisfaction, Employer Satisfaction and Quality of the Learning Experience.

In this School of Community and Health Studies program, you'll learn to combine food service administration and health care to interpret and apply nutritional care principles to promote health and effectively manage a food service department. Major topic areas will include:

  • Nutrition
  • Food service
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Accounting
  • Human resource management
  • Financial management
  • Menu planning
  • Large quantity cooking
  • Menu design applications
  • Medical nutrition therapy

The Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM) accredits the Nutrition and Food Service Management program. When you graduate, you'll be eligible for membership in the CSNM and the Ontario Society of Nutrition Management. CSNM membership is a requirement of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to work as a food service manager in long-term care facilities and many acute care facilities. As such, you'll be fully prepared with specialized knowledge and eligible to work in health care.

As an impact of Canada's aging population, there is a vast interest in proper nutrition and health to meet the demands of the health care industry.

Program Highlights
  • Using the School of Community and Health Studies and the School Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts' resources, you'll learn the practical aspects of large quantity food preparation and conduct experiments to learn the physical properties of food.
  • The program is made up of four semesters (fall and winter intakes). 
  • The final six weeks of the program will consist of a supervised field placement experience in the health care industry.
  • Faculty members are typically members of the CSNM or the College of Dietitians of Ontario. They have experience in food manufacturing, the retail industry, food service management, clinical nutrition, and consulting in acute and long-term care.

When you graduate from Nutrition and Food Service Management, you'll have the ability to:

  • Plan menus to accommodate the nutritional, dietary and medical needs, cultural and religious requirements, and personal preferences of clients;
  • Supervise and evaluate the handling, preparation and service of food to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, organization policies, and procedures and industry best practices for health, safety, sanitation, quality assurance and client satisfaction;
  • Provide for the nutritional needs of diverse clients in health care settings in collaboration with or under the direction of members of the interprofessional health care team;
  • Comply with and support others to work in accordance with industry, organization and legal standards for professional and ethical conduct;
  • Apply relevant local, national and global trends, emerging technologies, and changes to legislation to enhance work performance and support management decisions;
  • Deliver customer service that anticipates, meets or exceeds individual expectations and is consistent with organization standards and objectives;
  • Participate in the hiring, coaching, training, scheduling, supervision and performance evaluation of department staff in accordance with human resources, labour relations, workplace health and safety, and industry best practices;
  • Participate in the management of inventory and the procurement of goods and services according to industry best practices, financial constraints, and principles of social responsibility and environmental sustainability;
  • Contribute to the analysis of food and nutrition processes, systems and operations, and the implementation and evaluation of changes to support continuous improvement;
  • Contribute to the planning and administration of budgets consistent with organization objectives and legal requirements for food and nutrition services departments;
  • Appropriately select and use information and industry-specific technologies to enhance individual work performance and the management delivery of food and nutrition services;
  • Participate in promoting food and nutrition services and healthy living to support marketing plans and the general well-being of individuals;
  • Develop global citizenship and equity knowledge, skills and experiences as they relate to sustainability of resources, individual and community identities, critical social analysis, and enhanced personal and social responsibility;
  • Support action for change that promotes social, economic and ecological equity at personal and global levels;
  • Participate in interprofessional collaboration.

Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio

You'll develop an e-portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and Equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI portfolio and the available supports, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Education Level

2 Years Diploma (D2)

Study Area

Agricultural & Food Technology

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Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college, with five campuses in Toronto, Canada. Centennial offers high-quality Canadian Education that is hands-on, and employment focused. Programs at Centennial promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education, and industry placements.

Many Centennial programs offer Canadian work experience and provide eligibility for designations from Canadian professional associations. Centennial consistently ranks #1 in Toronto for Student Satisfaction (KPI: 2016-2020). International students are achieving their goals at Centennial College, and leading the province in rates of successful graduation!

An impressive 90.1% of our international students studying Graduate Certificate programs complete their program at Centennial and graduate successfully.

With seven specialized academic schools, Centennial College offers more than 160 Programs.
Centennial offers foundations, post-secondary and post-graduate programs in:

Business, Engineering Technology and Applied Science, Communications, Media, Arts and Design, Health, Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, Transportation.

Centennial also offers English Language Learning and Foundations programs for college and university preparation. Through extensive partnership building, Centennial offers a global network of incoming and outgoing Pathways and credit transfer agreements with partner institutions: 398 international pathways and more than 600 Canadian pathways are established!

Centennial is the #1 college choice for international students in Canada and one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in the country. Centennial is a big institution and well recognized in Canada and around the world. Enrolment is over 25,000 full-time students, including 11,000 international students from 125 countries.

As you enjoy the academic benefits of a Canadian college education, a wide range of global perspectives will enrich your education and experience.

Centennial College welcomes you in your pursuit of an incredible international education experience. Centennial has a reputation for student and graduate success and numerous awards for International Education Leadership. 

Unique Selling Point

Why Choose Centennial College?

Affordable and cost-effective. High standard of education. Co-op and industry connections. Incredible diversity. Opportunity to work. Safe city and friendly community. Centennial College is an award-winning Canadian institution that received the Gold Medal for Leadership Development at the 2018 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards of Excellence. Centennial also received the 2016 Gold Medal for Internationalization Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). We are leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs We work with over 800 industry partners! You have access to the latest equipment and technology, industry-leading faculty and co-op opportunities to get you work-ready upon graduation. Centennial received first prize for Innovation in Applied Research. Among 125 colleges, Centennial ranks third in Canada for the number of students employed and paid to conduct applied research (Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges: 2017 Report). Over 1,000 pathways! Centennial College programs offer 367 Degree Pathways with partner universities in Canada and abroad.


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