Certificate in Human Nutrition - Online

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The online graduate certificate program in human nutrition is designed to educate medical students, residents and fellows, practicing clinicians and other health care professional (nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, health educators) with advanced content in nutrient metabolism and nutritional therapy across the lifespan. Although graduate training in nutrition toward a master's degree is an option, the rigors of a busy clinical schedule for the practicing health care professional often preclude them from pursuing graduate education in nutrition. This online program is designed for the working health care professional who desires to maintain employment while furthering their education.

The program is taught by experienced graduate nutrition faculty, which will provide advanced nutrition coursework in an online environment to accommodate the busy working professional. You can complete the 12 credit hours completely online in as little as one year.


The curriculum builds off of skills from professional experiences and the certificate is designed to expand your knowledge of the scientific basis of food and nutrition. Courses provide an in-depth examination of nutrient metabolism and nutritional considerations in disease prevention and treatment across the lifespan. Elective classes can be included as part of the certificate if you are interested in clinical study design and research methodologies applicable to nutrition research.

The core curriculum consists of four online nutrition courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

The application deadline for fall semester is August 1.  The application deadline for spring semester is November 1.  Please see more information on admission requirements and application process below.

Admissions Information

The Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences offers a fully funded scholarship for four medical students who want to pursue the graduate certificate in Human Nutrition. Additional University Graduate Scholarships may also be available.


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Sarah Couch, PhD, RDN

Program Director, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394