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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Milly Ryan-Harshman

Associate Teaching Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall - Room 459
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5334

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    A former public health nutritionist, Dr. Ryan-Harshman consulted with the agriculture and food industry and developed continuing education programs for physicians and pharmacists from 1996 to 2011. She has also participated in research about nutritional genomics and dietetic professional practice with Dr. Ellen Vogel and other colleagues within Canada. She currently teaches academic writing and ethics in the Faculty of Health Sciences. As part of her university work, Dr. Ryan-Harshman contributes to the development of learning objects to enhance students’ online learning, and regularly uses technology in the classroom and online. She has written for both public and scientific audiences; some of her recent publications she has co-authored include a series of articles on the Dietary Reference Intakes, a literature review on the impact of nutritional genomics on dietetic practice, and a book chapter on nutritional genomics. She has been invited to speak at the International Congress of Dietetics (Manila and Chicago), The Nutrition Society (London), and various national conferences in Canada.

    Dr. Ryan-Harshman is interested in the development of knowledge pathways and translation of new nutrition knowledge via:

    • Scientific writing – nutritional epidemiology, antioxidant nutrition, functional foods, nutritional genomics.
    • Development of continuing education programs for health professionals – vitamin and mineral nutrition.
    • Public speaking and writing – nutritional genomics, functional foods.


  • Courses taught

    Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

    • Academic Writing: Perspectives in Health
    • Ethics
    • Information and Communication Technology in Health Care
    • Introduction to Health Care Systems
    • Nutrition and Health
    • Nutrition for Nursing Practice