Certificate in Human Nutrition - Online

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The online graduate certificate program in human nutrition is designed to give graduates advanced knowledge in nutrient metabolism and nutritional therapy across the lifespan. The importance of   nutrition and overall health has never been as important as it is today. Health care has recognized   the need for more specialized nutrition knowledge across all areas. 

The program is designed for aspiring or current medical students, residents and fellows, practicing clinicians and other health care professional (nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, dietitians, health educators ect). Additionally, students coming from science undergraduate programs (biology, chemistry ect.) with an interest in nutrition may find the certificate program a good bridge program into a health care career. 

Although graduate training in nutrition toward a master's degree is an option, the rigors of a busy  schedule for the practicing health care professional/working professionals often preclude them from pursuing graduate education in nutrition. This online program allows working professionals to maintain employment while furthering their education. The certificate is also a great option if your long-term plan is to pursue a health-related graduate education program. The added nutrition certification will give you a competitive edge when it comes time to apply for jobs at the end of your program. 

The program is taught by experienced graduate nutrition faculty, which will provide advanced nutrition coursework in an online environment and you can complete the 12 credit hours 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 on our Admissions Information webpage. 

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Sarah Couch, PhD, RDN

Program Director, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394