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Nutrition Sciences Graduate Certificate

Certificate Overview

CSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Sciences

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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