Certificate of Food & Nutrition

Students may pursue a concentrated study of food and nutrition through graduate course work, 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.  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 may be desired by students currently pursuing other graduate degree programs (e.g. public health; human movement sport, and leisure studies; biological sciences), allied health professions, or the distance Dietetic Internship who have an interest in advanced study of food and nutrition but do not wish to complete a graduate degree. 

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the certificate program will be able to...

1.     Integrate evidence-based nutrition strategies to address nutrition problems across the lifespan.

2.     Evaluate information and misinformation related to nutrition and health concerns. 

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. A maximum of 3 credit hours of dietetic internship courses (FN 6200, FN 6210, and FN 6220) can be applied to the certificate requirements. 

The FNGC will be noted on the student's graduate transcript as "Certificate in Food and Nutrition."  The FNGC 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.

Admission Requirements

Students must have appropriate academic backgrounds (e.g., human nutrition, human anatomy and physiology, and biochemistry) or professional experiences to meet the graduate course prerequisites.

Application Procedures

Submission of:

  • Scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from each degree granting institution. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.  (desired minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • GRE scores (GRE may be waived if an applicant (1) already has earned a masters or doctoral degree (2) successful completion of the DTR or RDN Exam (3) successful completion of the Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) exam (4) successful completion of the Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) exam
    • GRE currently waived through Spring 2024 by the Graduate College*
  • Contact information for three references will be required in the online application process 
  • Resume and personal statement describing your background and professional goals related to the BGSU Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate 

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission, materials must be submitted at least 2-weeks before the semester start date 

Updated: 08/28/2022 04:00PM