Promote Wellness by Earning a Graduate Nutrition Certificate Online
Do you have a passion for helping others make healthy food and wellness choices? If you are looking for a way to change your current career or fill in your skills and knowledge in nutrition, then a graduate certificate can help you bridge that gap. Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition provides the advanced training in nutrition you need to advocate for healthy choices in a variety of contexts.
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Through our graduate nutrition certificate program, you will be prepared to explain the relationship between nutrition and disease prevention, understand best practices for avoiding foodborne illnesses, and the psychological and social factors that contribute to poor nutrition.
Potential Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition
Our nutrition certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:
- Community health worker
- Nutrition or health educator
- Private nutrition consultant
- Wellness consultant
The skills that you gain from our certificate in nutrition can be an asset in many other aspects of the health and wellness world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, the credits from this certificate may transfer directly into the Master of Science in Nutrition or the MPH in Nutrition. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a nutrition certificate from Liberty University.
Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.
What is a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition?
If you already have a bachelor’s degree and are looking at your options to change careers, a certificate can be an important step to give you the training you need. While a full master’s degree will provide a more complete course of study, a certificate can fill in knowledge and skill gaps in your current career, or help you build on your current skill set to change to a different career.
Liberty University’s online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition is a focused track of 5 courses designed to quickly give you the specific, advanced content you need. With this certificate, you can pursue new career opportunities while also opening the door to later transferring these courses to a complete master’s degree in nutrition.
You want to make a difference in your community, and our online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition will help you become a Champion for Christ in the field of nutrition and public health. Our online nutrition courses are firmly based in evidence and practice while maintaining a Christian worldview on health and wellness. If you are looking for a flexible way to take nutrition classes online, then Liberty Unversity’s online nutrition certificate can help you meet your goals.
Why Choose Liberty’s Graduate Certificate in Nutrition?
As a leading online Christian college and a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we offer a biblically-based, academically excellent program delivered in a format tailored to meet your needs as a student and a professional. Available 100% online with no set login times, you can earn your Graduate Certificate in Nutrition wherever life takes you.
Our 8-week courses maximize your time, so you can graduate with your nutrition certificate sooner than you would in a traditional, residential program. Taught by professors with real-world experience as nutritionists, our online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition will give you the education you need to further your career without uprooting you or your family.
If you are researching the best online nutrition programs for your goals, you may have questions about how Liberty University’s graduate certificates can help you. Below are some common questions about Liberty University’s graduate certificates and how you can study nutrition online.
What can I do with a graduate certificate in nutrition?
Liberty University’s certificate programs are designed as a way for you to retool your current skill set to change careers or improve your opportunities in your current work. If you have a bachelors in a health sciences field, then you may need advanced graduate health courses for advancement, or you may have discovered a new passion in nutrition that you need new skills to pursue.
Your new graduate courses in nutrition can build on your previous experience and credentials, or help you to enter the field for the first time with entry-level positions. You may also be working in a field related to nutrition and need to have some expertise in order to better do your job. Examples of these roles are insurance brokers, healthcare benefits managers, and human resource managers.
Health educators, nutrition coaches, and sports nutrition specialists also benefit from graduate courses in nutrition. Wherever advanced skills in food and nutritional studies are essential for success, you can use your graduate certificate in nutrition.
If you earn a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition, you could also move on to a Master of Public Health – Nutrition and transfer in all 5 of your courses. That path would allow you to start toward your career goals with a solid new credential while you gain additional training in your full masters program.
How long does it take to get a certificate in nutrition?
Liberty University’s online nutrition courses are designed in 8-week subterms, allowing you to focus on fewer classes at once while still maintaining a full-time load. With this format, you can complete the 5 courses in Liberty’s online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition program in as little as 1.5 semesters or about 6 months. If you transferred these courses into Liberty’s Master of Public Health — Nutrition, you could complete your masters degree in as little as 3 more semesters!
Can I become a nutritionist or dietitian with an online certificate in nutrition?
While you can use the advanced training in nutrition to help people make healthier decisions and improve their eating habits, there are additional steps to become a dietitian or nutritionist. To become a registered dietician or a certified nutritionist, you will need to meet your state’s specific educational and testing requirements.
While a graduate certificate in nutrition can help you meet education content requirements, this program is not designed by itself to complete those needs and does not include any clinical elements. You may, for example, need to have additional content or other courses that are not covered by our graduate certificate alone, or must have recorded clinical hours. Please see your state’s department of health website for information about specific requirements you need to meet in order to become a registered dietician or certified nutritionist.
What Will You Learn in Our Online Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program?
Throughout our graduate nutrition certificate, you can learn the basic principles of nutrition, metabolism, and the role food plays in maintaining good health. You will have access to current research and governmental initiatives regarding food safety and explore the best practices for handling food in foodservice systems.
You will also study the societal, familial, and psychological factors involved in the development of eating disorders, type 2 diabetes, and other nutrition-based diseases. Other courses in this graduate nutrition certificate will examine the current research regarding the relationship between genetics, chronic disease, and nutritional therapy.
- HLTH 640 – Principles of Nutrition
- HLTH 642 – Food-borne Illness Prevention
- HLTH 643 – Public Health Nutrition
- HLTH 644 – Diabetes, Obesity, and Eating Disorders
- HLTH 645 – Performance Nutrition for the Physically Active
Our Online Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program Information
- This online certificate program falls under the School of Health Sciences.
- Download and review the Certificate Completion Plan.
- View Graduate Health Sciences Course Guides (login required).
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts — $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
Our Online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Program Highlights
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of Niche.com’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
- You can complete this graduate nutrition certificate program online in as little as 2 semesters.
- You can transfer your nutrition certificate courses into one of our related master’s degree programs when you are ready to further your education.
Admission Requirements for Online Graduate Certificate Programs
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above cumulative GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts**
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.
**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.