Food and Nutrition Certificate

Students may pursue a concentrated study of food and nutrition through graduate coursework, which upon completion would yield a graduate certificate in this area of study. The Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate (FNGC) curriculum includes studies in nutrient metabolism, food science, and nutritional principles related to health and disease.

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Students who participate in this Certificate program will be certified for employment in various occupations.  Click Here  to learn more about program costs as well as employment opportunities that students may pursue upon graduation.

For a variety of student career goals, the FNGC program provides knowledge of food and nutrition that is applicable to many health care, business, professional, and personal situations involving nutrition.

The FNGC will be noted on the student’s graduate transcript as “Certificate in Food and Nutrition.” This certificate does not carry with it any licensure or privileges, and is not currently approved by any professional organization.

All students pursuing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate would have the option to continue their studies to complete a Master’s degree. All courses completed with a B average, in pursuit of the Graduate Certificate, would count toward the Masters in Food and Nutrition.

Students completing the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program will be required to take 15 credit hours of food and nutrition graduate-level courses. A maximum of 6 credit hours of 5000 level courses may be applied to the certificate. Once admitted, the student must submit an approved tentative certificate of study coursework plan.

Core Courses (15 hours)

On demand. Fundamental nutrition needs for the family and community at all social levels. A survey of various community-related nutrition problems and their role in human nutrition. Prerequisite: basic nutrition or consent of instructor.

On demand. Emphasis on human needs and food sources of vitamins and minerals during health and disease conditions. Identification and discussion of the chemical and physical properties of these micronutrients in foods and human systems. Prerequisite: advanced nutrition or consent of instructor.

On demand. Emphasis on metabolism of the structural and energy furnishing nutrients as applied to the nutritional requirements and food supplies of people; current literature and research in proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Prerequisite: advanced nutrition or consent of instructor.

On demand. Metabolic and physiologic basis for nutrition intervention in health and disease. Pathophysiology of major disease states and impact on normal nutrition and metabolism. Current research, critical evaluation of resources, current practice, and evidence-based recommendations for medical nutrition therapy. Prerequisites: FN 4380 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Approved for distance education.

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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.



Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and your GRE scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE and TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.



Three letters of recommendation must be forwarded to:

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Bowling Green State University
206 Johnston Hall
Bowling Green, OH 43403