Shannan Grant, MSc, PhD, RD
Sydney, Nova Scotia
BSc (Biology), Graduated 2002

“During my time in the Biology Program at CBU (formerly UCCB), I experienced personal and professional growth that I feel rooted my present passion for Nutritional Science. CBU provided a comfortable and supportive environment in which I discovered my deep interest in human health and its relation to the earth. The professors and laboratory assistants provided around-the-clock support and opportunity to learn and attain experience, while challenging me intellectually along the way.

“The nutrition courses I took at CBU provided an excellent overview of clinical and natural nutritional science. I found the term papers, references suggested and class discussion particularly helpful. They provided me with the opportunity to be exposed to the wealth of literature that exists in the discipline; marrying my understanding of basic science with clinical application.”

After CBU, Shannan completed her Honours BSc in human nutrition and thereafter went on to Toronto to become a registered dietitian and complete her MSc in human nutrition at the University of Toronto. Dr. Grant  completed her Ph.D. in human nutrition at the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor (tenure-track) in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University.  Shannan’s professional interests lie in how dietary intervention(s) and/or lifestyle modification affect risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus, nutrition education/counseling techniques and how human eating patterns affect global agricultural sustainability and biodiversity.



  • Clinical dietetics
  • Food service administration
  • Community nutrition
  • Food product development
  • Media and public relations
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Research
  • Magazine contributor

Parent Education

  • Family Resource Centres


  • Federal
    • Health Canada
    • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Provincial
    • Health and Social Services
    • Housing
  • Health Regions
    • Child and Family Services
  • Municipal Organizations

Recreation programs and Summer programs

Specific Populations

  • Children, Youth

4-H, Teen Drop-in Centres, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, After School Programs

  • Seniors

Seniors Active Living Centre, Activities Coordinator

  • Women

Family violence, Status of Women Programs

Health and Social Service Organizations

  • Health promotion
  • Prevention
  • Advocacy
  • Public relations
  • Grant writing, fundraising


  • Business employees programs
  • Human resources
  • Long-term care for seniors
  • Child care administration
  • Home care services


  • Program evaluation
  • Educational program development
  • Child safety
  • Family financial planner
  • Research

Employment opportunities following further training / education

  • Early childhood education
  • Elementary, intermediate, or senior high school teacher
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Adult education

Other Options for further study

  • Family Studies
  • Child development, youth studies, adult development and aging
  • Women’s Studies
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Health Professions
  • Family Law
  • Family Medicine
  • PhD