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Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition


Course Descriptions

The core curriculum consists of 4 ONLINE nutrition courses for a total of 12 credit hours.  

Certificate Core Classes – students must take both courses listed below

Semester Offered


Credit Hours

     Course Description


NUTR-7020 Nutrient Metabolism: Macronutrients


This course will provide students with an in-depth examination of energy and macronutrient metabolism. Discussion will include structure, function, digestion, absorption, transport, metabolism and requirements of macronutrients. The relationship of the macronutrients to energy transformation will be discussed, as well as the regulation of fuel utilization. Emphasis is placed on the integration of metabolism at the molecular, biochemical and physiological level. Unit topics will include examination of contemporary issues relevant to macronutrient metabolism and human disease.


NUTR-7021 Nutrient Metabolism: Vitamins and Minerals


This course will provide students with an in-depth examination of selected vitamins and minerals, and their roles in health and disease. Discussion will include dietary sources, digestion, absorption, transport, functions, and interactions with other nutrients, excretion, recommended intake, deficiency, toxicity, and assessment of nutritional status. The goal is to develop a working knowledge of vitamin and mineral metabolism for future application at either the basic or clinical level. A systems-based approach is utilized in order to facilitate discussion about nutrients that work together to perform an important function. Units include such topics as bone health, blood and tissue building, antioxidant function and heart health, and energy and metabolic regulation.

Certificate Electives in Nutrition – students must take at least one of the courses below


NUTR-7082 Nutrition in Health and Disease: Preconception through Adolescence


Using an interactive learning approach, students will explore nutritional issues of women from preconception through lactation and of children through adolescence. Students will use public and community health frameworks to identify nutritional needs and influences and develop strategies to improve nutritional status. This is a life-course modeled class that takes a multidisciplinary approach towards maternal and child nutrition.


NUTR-7032 Nutrition in Health and Disease: Adulthood and Aging


This course provides an interactive learning environment in which students will utilize a case-oriented approach to examine the protective and therapeutic role of diet in specific adult nutrition-related conditions. The relationship of nutrition in the development and management of various chronic conditions including atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome will be examined. An in-depth focus on over-nutrition will be provided. Medical nutrition therapy associated with the management of certain gastrointestinal disorders including celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome will be introduced. Energy and nutrient requirements in older adulthood as well as common nutrition-related concerns such as sarcopenia, osteoporosis and cognitive decline with aging will be addressed. Students will actively analyze and discuss research literature.

Certificate Electives in Research Methodologies – students must take at least 3 credits from the courses listed below if they did not take both of the Nutrition Electives listed above


BE-8069 Study Design and Analysis


Clinical epidemiologic study designs are examined and variants of the basic designs are introduced. Bio-statistical methods appropriate for each type of study design are described and quantitative examples provided. Two special computer lab sessions are included to give students hands-on experience using SAS to analyze clinical epidemiologic data.


BE 7081 IRB Submission Process for Researchers


This course gives students hands-on experience with preparing a human subject research study and submitting it to the Internal Review Board (IRB).


BE7074 Community-Based Participatory Research


This class is designed to familiarize learners with the theoretical framework, methodologies, and applications of community-based participatory research and how it differs from traditional research approaches and community-placed research. The class will emphasize how to apply such methodology to complex health and socio-cultural problems.

MD/MS student

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Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

More Information

For specific questions about the Master of Science in Nutrition Program contact:

Sarah Couch, PhD, RD
Professor and Vice Chair  
Graduate Program Director
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

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