Brescia’s Department of Human Ecology Gets New Name


February 6, 2007

London, ON – Brescia University College’s Department of Human Ecology will be officially renamed Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences as of February 7, 2007. This name change reflects the increasing specialization of the Department’s faculty who have developed a strong research profile in nutrition issues, and the course preferences of the students in the program. Many graduates of the program go on to internships and Registered Dietitian status. The decision to make the change was approved by the College’s Academic Council on January 12, 2007. A reception will be held in the Oak Room in Ursuline Hall at Brescia on February 7 at 4:00 pm. Photos with the Department Chair, Dr. Alicia Garcia, can be arranged.

The Department was originally founded as a Department of Home Economics in 1936. Students studied nutrition and home management at Brescia and took science courses at Western. In 1998 the Department was renamed Department of Human Ecology, following a trend among many of the increasingly professionalized Home Economics Departments in Canada. The upcoming change to Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences has a 96 per cent approval rating by students and faculty who were polled for their opinion. “This name change will provide our students and graduates with stronger recognition for their work in obtaining their degree and allow them to compete successfully in the global job market,” explains Dr. Garcia.

Brescia is one of 15 universities in Canada that offers the program of Food and Nutrition, and offers one of three programs in Ontario leading to dietetic internships. Graduates go on to internships to get the Registered Dietitian (RD) qualification and many will work as such in hospitals, public health units, community health centers, long-term care institutions, pharmaceutical companies, food industries, fitness centers, or establish their own private practice. Others have gone to faculties of education to get a qualification for teaching family studies, or to other schools to get their medical, business, or other health-related degrees.


For more information, please contact: Dr. Alicia Garcia, Chair, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at 519-432-8353 ext. 28254 or Jennifer Jones, Alumnae Relations Officer at 519-432-8353 ext. 28280

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. The 954 women registered as full-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition while perusing Western degrees. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more information, please visit