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Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Education

The nutrition education certificate program is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree and are interested in expanding their work to include nutrition education or for professionals who are involved with creating programs and implementing policy to address the obesity epidemic. This certificate is closely aligned to the MS in Health Promotion Management, which educates students to be leaders in the field of health promotion. Select courses in the certificate program are offered online throughout the year; however other courses will be offered in the classroom.


Admission to the Program

Applications must include transcripts of all college work demonstrating a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and in all graduate work. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process. Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions Web site for additional information.

Certificate Requirements

  • 18 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better.
  • Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit. 

Course Requirements

Core (12 credit hours)

  • HFIT-570 Strategies for Weight Control (3) 
  • HFIT-610 Consumer Issues through the Life Cycle (3) 
  • HFIT-630 Nutrition Education Methods (3)
  • HFIT-645 Nutrition for Health (3) 

Electives (select two courses from the following)

  • HFIT-510 Applied Physiology and Testing I (4) 
  • HFIT-540 Health Communication (3)
  • HFIT-575 Global Health (3)
  • HFIT-580 Health Policy and Behavior Change (3)
  • HFIT-596 Approved Topics Courses (3)
  • HFIT-691 Internship (3)