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CSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Sciences

This program is no longer accepting applications.

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Nutrition online

CSU's online certificate in food and nutrition provides you with advanced knowledge of current trends in nutrition science with further exploration into nutrient metabolism, obesity, chronic disease prevention, and other topics related to food and health.

As a student in the online graduate nutrition program, you will gain a solid foundation in nutrition science, with a focus on health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Learn to:

  • Find and evaluate credible information relating nutrition and health.
  • Analyze academic literature, particularly in controversial areas of nutrition.
  • Use evidence-based nutrition strategies.

Nutrition continuing education for health professionals

Americans spend billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements and weight loss efforts, while attempting to sort through conflicting information about nutrition from the media and other sources. Professionals in various disciplines often field questions about nutrition and need to be able to share credible resources, or refer people to appropriate practitioners.

This nutrition graduate certificate is geared toward individuals who currently have a bachelor's degree in a life sciences discipline and have a professional or personal interest in nutrition and chronic disease prevention. Health professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and health educators, with frequent exposure to nutrition-related problems in clinical practice, have opportunities to provide sound nutrition information aimed at disease prevention. While you learn to impart valuable nutrition information, you may also be able to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for healthcare professionals. Review the curriculum to learn more.

It is important to note this certificate is not meant to prepare individuals to engage in medical nutrition therapy or treatment. If you're interested in using nutrition as therapy and are a registered dietitian, explore the online master's in dietetics program.

Make informed decisions about nutrition

Learn to identify credible sources of nutrition information and develop the ability to critically analyze research related to nutrition science. Gain the skills to:

  • Identify the structure and functional roles of macronutrients and micronutrients.
  • Explain digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients.
  • Explain diet and lifestyle factors that affect body weight and risk of chronic disease.
  • Identify effective, evidence-based strategies for health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Investigate new developments and sources of controversy in nutrition, health, fitness, food science, and food safety.

These skills can help you be more knowledgeable about nutrition in your own life, better serve patients or clients with nutrition-related risk factors or concerns, and keep up with future developments in the field of nutrition science.

Hear from a student

"Without significant prior experience in this field, completing my certificate not only gave me a more thorough understanding of nutrition, it also gave me the ability to reason through any nutrition information presented outside the structured environment of the classroom. I now engage in numerous discussions with others about how to integrate healthier nutritional choices. I have also gained a greater ability to seek out dependable sources when learning new information about nutrition."
– Lonnie, T.

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Curriculum Open Accordion

CSU's online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science provides important continuing education for health professionals, and valuable, evidence-based information for all students.

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Required Courses

It is possible for these online nutrition courses to count as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for healthcare professionals, but it's up to the student to investigate whether courses meet the necessary requirements and complete any necessary paperwork.

Please note, this certificate does NOT count toward requirements to earn the Registered Dietitian credential. Students need to take an ACEND-accredited B.S or M.S, like the programs offered at CSU.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester This program is no longer accepting applications
Spring semester NA
Summer semester NA

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1 Review Admission Requirements

The online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Sciences requires that students have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Nutrition Sciences (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

9 credits
$627 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Sciences
Time Frame
Can be completed in 3 semesters
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Application Dates

Fall semester
This program is no longer accepting applications
Spring semester
Summer semester

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