Health Sciences : Nutritional Sciences

B.S. in Health Sciences

Why study Health Sciences : Nutritional Sciences?

The Nutritional Sciences concentration provides a unique nutrition-focused pathway for students majoring in Health Sciences who are interested in learning more about the important relationship between nutrition, exercise, and wellness.  This program is one of the few in the country to offer a degree that merges the areas of fitness and nutrition into one major. The Nutritional Sciences concentration allows you to consider how the areas are interrelated and how best to educate individuals, communities and entire populations to improve overall health and wellness.

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. All students are encouraged to apply. Please visit High School Student Admissions for more information about first-year student admission requirements.  

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, students will be well prepared for a career in the growing health and wellness industry. A degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences will provide a wide variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Health and wellness 
  • Weight management
  • Educaiton and research
  • Community fitness and health
  • Business and industry
  • Public and private recreation
  • Media

Graduate Education Opportunities

The scientific foundation of the Nutritional Sciences concentration within the Health Sciences major will allow students to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of science-based graduate programs. With the selection of the appropriate level of coursework, students can apply for graduate programs in the following areas:

  • Nutritional Sciences program (MS)
  • Physical Therapy program (DPT)
  • Occupational Therapy program (MOT)
  • Athletic Training program (MSAT)
  • Health Promotion or Public Health programs (MA, MS, or PhD)
  • Exercise Physiology or Biomechanics programs (MS or PhD)
  • Health Administration or Informatics programs (MHA or MHI)

Students can work with their academic advisor to determine which courses are required for entry into each graduate program.  Many graduates can work in or start small businesses in fitness and health or work in facilities that offer organized programs for people who want to maintain or improve their overall health and wellness.  Students can earn certifications to become a fitness trainer, which would pair well with the nutrition and exercise coursework. 

Advisors will be there to help you at every step of your academic journey. If you have advising related questions, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Academic Advising.

The department offers a state-of-the-art nutrition assessment lab that provides students opportunities to assess body composition, resting energy expenditure, and diet quality.  The department has faculty members with research expertise in nutrition, biochemistry, exercise, and nutrition therapy.
The program has an active student organization for undergraduate students called the Student Dietetics Association (SDA).  The purpose of the SDA is to provide students interested in dietetics, food, and nutrition with opportunities to provide service to the community, develop relationships with students with similar interests, and increase their knowledge of food and nutrition careers.
If you are student who wishes to transfer from a college or university outside of the University of Cincinnati system, please visit Transfer Admissions for more information.

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your major to one in the College of Allied Health Sciences, please visit Transition Students for more information.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found at Admissions Deadlines.

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

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
3202 Eden Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-7503
rensdepartment@uc.edu