The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is pleased to launch two new academic programs to address urgent global issues—from childhood anemia to watershed conservation.
International Nutrition Major
The International Nutrition Major will focus on applied nutrition and food security. The first of its kind in North America, the four-year, undergraduate program emphasizes the application of theory to international fieldwork, explained Asst. Prof. Judy McLean.
“We developed the program in response to the demand from students for more international content in their course work and relevant experience needed to further their careers,” said McLean who designed the curriculum with Assoc. Prof. Tim Green and other LFS colleagues.
The new major will require students to complete mandatory placements with NGOs and organizations such as UNICEF as part of their International Field Studies (FNH 460) course. The course will prepare students for careers in public health, medicine, international development and research, while providing LFS partners with field support for their projects.
“There’s a significant need for people who can hit the ground running, who know how to design, implement and measure community-based interventions, targeting under-nutrition and food insecurity,” said McLean. “Graduates of the major will help to fill this need.”
Students keen to understand integrated watershed management and soil science will benefit from UBC’s research and teaching leadership in these areas, says LFS Prof. Les Lavkulich of the new Master’s of Land and Water Systems (MLWS) program.
“The future of the planet depends on judicious management of soil and water resources,” said Lavkulich, a soil scientist who studies sustainable agricultural systems, land use hydrology, mining and the environment.
He added, “Healthy land-water systems are essential to the earth’s ecological structure and functions such as photosynthesis.”
The MLWS program will investigate the impact of human activities and climate change along with strategies to conserve and rehabilitate land and water systems. Students will also explore the physical, chemical, biological and climatic processes that impact the soil’s productive capacity in agriculture, forestry and urban settings.