The IHNF is recognized to have the longest running degree in human nutrition and food that is dynamic to shifting education landscape and responsive to changing industry demand. It had produced numerous board top placers and garnered 100% passing rate in the Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Examination for 12 consecutive years (2008-2019), thus considered as one of the Top Performing Schools for several consecutive years.

The BSN program is described to be unique because of its holistic approach considering its ecological, rural, and agricultural orientations, and its strong linkage with the food system. All courses of the BSN program were converted into an Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) system with expected learning outcomes anchored on the Vision, Mission, and Goals of UPLB, CHE, and IHNF. Guided with its Mission and Vision, the BSN program aims to produce graduates who have scientific knowledge; practical, analytical, communication and leadership skills; and high professional standards and ethical values in nutrition and dietetics.

Moreover, the BSN curriculum is strengthened by the agricultural sciences, biological sciences, mathematics, and chemistry as its foundation courses. In major courses, the students are provided with knowledge and trainings on managing nutrition programs at macro and micro levels, training nutrition workers, operating food service institutions, planning therapeutic diets, nutrition counseling, and conducting research in nutrition and related fields which in turn offer broader opportunities for students to make choices on career path and further specialization for advanced studies. This learning and teaching process is also supported by several institutions including hospitals, restaurants, and partner local government units.

Scholarships and financial aids are available to support the students in need. Student-adviser consultations regarding academic and related matters are also conducted via face-to-face or computer-based advising.

The Institute is also able to recruit and retain the best and the brightest in the field of Nutrition. IHNF has faculty members with distinctive specializations on Nutritional Sciences, Nutrition Policies and Programs, and Food Management and Administration. IHNF faculty members are experts in the field of nutrition and have strong capacity to conduct quality research and intensive involvement in public service activities.


Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Students

Applicants for the BSN are generally required to undertake the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) administered by the University. 

Due to pandemic, College Admission Test for the specific intake year 2021-2022 was cancelled. So, the University come up with a composite of the final grades in Grade 8, 9, 10 and first semester of Grade 11 shall be the basis to determine the UP admission grade (UPG). According to UP, to implement the policy of democratic access they considered the socioeconomic and geographic factors in its admission process.

For more information on the UP College Admission, you may proceed to UP College Admission – General Information Section

Graduate Students

All admission requirements of the UPLB Graduate School for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs shall apply to the MS in Applied Nutrition, MPS in Food and Nutrition Planning and PhD in Human Nutrition. 

Graduates of universities, colleges, and schools with bachelor’s degree in foods/food science, nutrition and dietetics, public health, human ecology, home economics/home technology, agriculture and related fields shall be qualified for acceptance to MS or MPS program. Applicants for the MS program must have taken courses in nutrition, biochemistry and statistics. 

The PhD program accepts qualified graduates of recognized universities, colleges, and schools who hold master’s degree in nutrition, applied, or community nutrition, animal nutrition and related fields. A student whose background is considered inadequate may be required to take up additional courses to make up for the deficiencies, without graduate credit. 

Transfer Admission (Not for Freshmen)

Students from other universities may apply for transfer to a UP campus after earning 33 academic units in another school with a weighted average of 2.00 or better on the UP marking system. Information regarding transfer procedures to UP may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar of the respective UP campuses. For more information you may proceed to UP College Admission – Transfer.

Scholarship and Financial Assistance

Undergraduate Students

The Student Learning Assistance System (SLAS) is an expansion of the Student Financial Assistance Online (SFA Online). It was created by UP to provide financial assistance to the students who may not be able to afford paying the full tuition and other expenses to complete their academic requirements in the University.

The SLAS Online accepts applications from:

  • Bonafide students of UP. These include:
    • Filipino undergraduate students including those enrolled in law and medicine who had been issued UP- mail accounts
  • Students in need of learning assistance from UP. Applicants would include:
    • Students applying for financial assistance
    • Students who wish to avail gadgets, internet connection and similar support services (e.g., tutorial services, assistive services

Scholarships on offer at the Institute include the Philippine Geothermal Inc. and Union Ajinomoto Inc. scholarships.

Graduate Students

For more information, you can visit UPLB Graduate School – Scholarship and Financial Assistance