Human Nutrition : Online

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Why study Human Nutrition : Online?

This 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 in nutrition. 

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. Students can complete the 12 credit hours completely online in as little as one year. 

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the undergraduate level based on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the following undergraduate courses: two semesters of general chemistry with lab, introductory nutrition, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. 
  • An applicant whose native language is not English is required to provide proof of English language proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores. The TOEFL minimum university requirements include a score of 520 on the paper-based test, 190 on the computer based test, or 68 on the internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years. An overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS is sufficient for graduate admission. As an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS, level 112 of Intensive English Instruction may be completed at the ELS Language Center at the University of Cincinnati.
Strong critical thinking and writing skills are necessary to be successful in this Certificate Program. In addition, given the online format of these courses, strong time management and organizational skills are necessary to keep up with the pace of delivery of these courses.
The graduate-level content of this program is appropriate to enhance the career of health care professionals who need to understand how diet influences disease pathophysiology and treatment. Health care professionals who would benefit from the advanced content of this Certificate are medical students, residents and fellows, practicing clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, dietitians, health educators and others.  
Dr. Sarah Couch, Professor in Nutrition, will serve as the major advisor for all students entering the Certificate Program.  She can be reached at or 513-558-7504.

Medical students can apply for full scholarships for the Certificate Program in Human Nutrition. Interested applicants can contact Dr. Sarah Couch at or 513-558-7504.

Certificate students who complete the curriculum and maintain a 3.0 GPA can apply the 12 graduate credits toward the MS in Nutrition Program at the University of Cincinnati. Students who complete the Certificate Program in Human Nutrition are not required to take the GRE for admission into the MS in Nutrition Program at UC. 

Graduation from the Certificate Program requires the following:

  • Completion of the 12 credits of graduate coursework as specified in the curriculum for the Certificate in Human Nutrition
  • An overall average of a 3.0 GPA in the Certificate program
  • Completion of the graduation application

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Graduate Certificate are accepted on a rolling basis for fall and spring semesters. We will consider applications for admission for fall until August 1 and for spring semester until November 1. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Sarah Couch, PhD, RD
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
(513) 558-7504

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Program Code: 35GC-HNUTR-GC-.HNUTR-DL