Nutrition, Certificate

The Graduate Nutrition Certificate is designed for graduate students who desire more advanced training in nutrition taught by top researchers, clinicians, and educators. For the past 25 years, Penn Nursing has provided outstanding nutrition training at the undergraduate level. This graduate certificate expands opportunities for nutrition training to the graduate level for individuals who have an undergraduate degree and at least one basic nutrition course.

The Graduate Nutrition Certificate will enable you to certify basic knowledge of nutrition science, training that will be valuable for your own health and lifestyle management. This training would augment the skills and insight that you will bring to professional roles or policy-development activities.

Our faculty have deep backgrounds in nutrition science and dietetics. Their research includes human and basic science studies in obesity, oncology, gastrointestinal disease, and community nutrition.


Students are required to complete four course units from the list of all graduate nutrition courses listed. Currently available courses are listed below, though other courses will be added over time.  The website for this certificate will contain an updated list. 

On Campus Courses
NURS 512Nutritional Aspects of Disease1
NURS 513Obesity and Society1
NURS 516International Nutrition: Political Economy of World Hunger1
NURS 521Current Topics in Nutrition0.5
NURS 523Advanced Nutrition: Molecular Basis of Nutrition1
NURS 524Advanced Human Nutrition and Micronutrient Metabolism1
Online Courses
NURS 623Nutrition Counseling1
NURS 676Obesity and Health1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.