Study how food and nutrition influence health and the human experience. This science
examines the chemistry and biology of nutrients from the molecular to the systematic
level and investigates complex interactions between diet and health to develop strategies
aimed at improving health and reducing disease risk.
Why nutritional sciences at OSU?
Choose from four major options to fit your career goals: human nutrition/pre-medical sciences, allied health, dietetics or public health nutrition. You will be immersed in a relevant, research-based educational experience that provides
an exceptional pathway to becoming a successful healthcare professional. Our graduates
frequently pursue additional training in medicine, biological sciences and dietetics.
Others are admitted to professional healthcare programs to become physician assistants
or physical therapists.
Develop a strong foundation in health, wellness and disease prevention and fulfill
the prerequisites for medical or dental school. In addition to developing a deeper
understanding of the role of nutrition in the pathophysiology of chronic disease,
graduates are equipped with skills needed to empower individuals to make lifestyle
changes that support long-term health. For those pursuing dental school, curriculum will help you better understand the role
nutrition plays in bone development and overall dental health. Curriculum includes
rigorous science classes, such as biochemistry, physiology, biology and anatomy. We
also offer a 3+1 Programwith the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the OSU Center for Health Sciences .
Develop an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between human health and nutrition,
while completing professional and graduate school pre-requisites for healthcare fields,
such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, pharmacy and
more. As highly valued health professionals and members of the healthcare community,
our graduates are well prepared to assist in directing the delivery of health-related
services, optimizing patient outcomes and ensuring that the most up-to-date science
and treatments are used. Curriculum has a strong science focus, including biochemistry, physiology, biology
and anatomy as well as social sciences.
Take the first step to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who apply up-to-date scientific
research, culinary and counseling skills and management principles to practice nutrition
counseling, community education and medical nutrition therapy. Dietetics students
develop the knowledge and skills to manage health outcomes through improved nutrition
and translate nutrition science into guidelines to promote healthy living. After graduating from your undergraduate dietetics program, you will complete a 1000-hour (temporary COVID requirement, normally 1200-hour)
Dietetic Internship and a master’s degree (required beginning in 2024) prior to taking the registration exam to become 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
Study the social determinants 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, programs and information
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.