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. Pre-professional experience is prioritized in the coursework, with an emphasis on
shadowing health professionals and analyzing case studies. These opportunities provide
an exceptional foundation and pathway to become a successful health professional,
including a physician, dentist, dietitian, physical therapist, community health worker
Develop a strong foundation in health, wellness and disease prevention and fulfill
the prerequisites for medical or dental school. Graduates are equipped with the skills
needed to help individuals 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 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.