Nutritional Sciences focuses on the relationship of nutrition to overall health, understanding
of the disease process, physiology and the basis for treatment.
Why nutritional sciences?
Understanding nutrition and human behavior is instrumental as students prepare to
work in the health sector. Nutritional Sciences options at OSU offer strong undergraduate
preparation for graduate school with an 85 percent or higher acceptance rate across
all programs and premier research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Nutritional sciences majors have roles in medical, dental, health care, community
wellness, public health and management sectors. Sample job titles include:
Physical or Occupational Therapist
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
$508KIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
annually awarded by the College of Human Sciences
Nutritional Sciences students are often honored for their research. Nathan
Mitchell was the overall winner among Freshman Research Scholars Poster/Presentations
for his study, “Assessing the validity of an abbreviated meal challenge in predicting
post-meal metabolic markers.”
Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Science
This option provides a strong foundation in health and disease prevention that fulfills
the prerequisites for medical or dental school. Physicians with a nutrition education
background are equipped to help individuals make lifestyle changes that support sustainable,
This option promotes understanding the relationship between nutrition and human health
for those entering the health care field as physical therapists, occupational therapists,
physician assistants, chiropractors, pharmacists, nurses and more.
This option provides a path to certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
(RDN). Dietitians are qualified to practice nutrition counseling, community education
and medical nutrition therapy in a variety of settings.
Community Nutrition/Public Health
This option promotes overall health and well-being in government institutions, hospitals,
schools and larger organizations through nutrition education about disease prevention,
food safety, food insecurity and public policy.