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What is nutritional sciences?

Focus on the relationship between human health and nutrition to gain a better understanding of disease risk, prevention and treatment, including how to help individuals and communities sustain long-term health. 

Why nutritional sciences?

Choose from four major options to fit your career goals: human nutrition/pre-medical sciences, allied health, dietetics or public health nutrition. Students are actively trained through hands-on learning in labs, service-learning in the community and shadow and internship experiences. These opportunities provide an exceptional foundation and pathway to become a successful health professional, including a physician, dentist, dietitian, physical therapist, community health worker and more. 

Career Paths

Nutritional sciences majors have roles in medical, dental, health care, community wellness, public health and management sectors. Job opportunities may include:


Human Nutrition/Pre-Medical Science

Develop a strong foundation in health and disease prevention and fulfill the prerequisites for medical or dental school. This major option equips you with the skills needed to help individuals make lifestyle changes that support sustainable, long-term health. Those pursuing dental school will learn the role nutrition plays in dental hygiene, bone development and overall dental health. Curriculum includes rigorous science classes, such as biochemistry, physiology, biology and anatomy. We also offer a 3+1 Program with the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the OSU Center for Health Sciences . 


Allied Health

Become an allied health professional, a valued member of the healthcare community, who delivers health-related services, optimizes patient outcomes and ensures the most up-to-date science and treatments are used. Complete prerequisites needed to pursue pre-professional and graduate school and become a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, chiropractor, pharmacist, nurse and more. Curriculum has a strong science focus, including biochemistry, physiology, biology and anatomy as well as social sciences to equip you with the skills needed to help individuals make lifestyle changes that support sustainable, long-term health.


Begin the path to certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Dietitians are qualified to practice nutrition counseling, community education and medical nutrition therapy in schools, hospitals, clinics and industry and government agencies. After graduating from your undergraduate dietetics program, you will complete a Dietetic Internship and a master’s degree (required beginning in 2024) and pass the RDN exam to gain national registration and state licensure as an RDN. This major option is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


Public Health Nutrition 

Students at Our Daily BreadStudy the social aspects of human health through a nutrition framework while gaining a better understanding of the relationship between nutrition, the environment, behavior and human health. Prepare to deliver nutrition education as a federal food assistance program coordinator, food policy and regulation specialist, health and wellness program manager, community health worker and more. Curriculum balances a science and human focus through courses such as chemistry, physiology, biology, anatomy, sociology, psychology, patient assessment and nutrition counseling, public health and community nutrition. This option also prepares you for admission to the OSU Master of Public Health  graduate program


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