PHEc stands for Professional Human Ecologist or Professional Home Economist.
In Alberta, human ecologists and home economists are university graduates. They have met qualifications set out in Alberta provincial legislation and, as a result, can use the letters after their name.
The PHEc designation protects the public by ensuring that human ecologists and home economists practice ethically in areas in which they are qualified. As a group, human ecologists and home economists have training and experience in money management, consumer education, food and nutrition, housing, clothing, textiles, family behavior and human development.
At the University of Alberta, the Nutrition and Food Sciences program is offered as a separate degree program within the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences. Human Ecology students majoring in Family Ecology can minor in Community Nutrition. Students in the Nutrition and Food Sciences programs can minor in Human Ecology.
Where Can We Be Found?Human ecologists and home economists advise, counsel, promote and teach in a variety of settings.
In business, human ecologists/home economists may work as consultants, advisors, designers, managers, administrators and quality control testers in companies and organizations that provide product and services that meet individual and family needs. We also work in human resources and consumer or public relations.
You may find human ecologists or home economists working as food consultants, consumer service managers, fashion or textiles designers, product managers, store buyers, journalists, recipe developers, product promoters, product salespersons, financial planners, investment advisors, media commentators, food stylists or entrepreneurs.
As well, human ecologists and home economists volunteer in their communities – supporting individuals and families.
Look For The Ring
Your Professional Ring
Delegates from eight colleges across Canada voted in 1967 to adopt a ring as a national symbol representing professional home economists. The yellow gold of the ring represents the warmth of the family.
The human ecology and home economics ring is a gold band worn on the little finger of the working hand. It symbolizes our commitment to excellence in professional practice.