Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness

Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness

This program introduces students to nutrition and the dynamic set of influencers that affect the health on individual and societal levels. The Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition and Wellness focuses on recognizing needs for changing health behaviors, reducing diet and exercise disparities, and minimizing liabilities that may influence disease development.

It is applicable to a range of industries and professions including leadership, fitness and sports therapy, exercise specialists, industry writers, and senior wellness fields. It may also help prepare students for the registered dietitian (RD) bachelor's degree program from an accredited university approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Students seeking this education path must also pass a national examination administrated by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in addition to standard requirements.

The certificate in Nutrition and Wellness is a unique fully online interdisciplinary course of study.

Students enrolled in a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Required Courses (9 credits):

FSNU 200 Human Nutrition 3
FSNU 315 Nutritional Basis of Disease 3
FSNU 335 Science of Obesity 3


Electives (6 credits) choose two of the following:

FSNU 201 International Nutrition: The World Food Crisis 3
FSNU 329 Experimental Topics in Food Science and Nutrition 3
FSNU 338 Nutrition and Human Performance 3


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Some programs available to California residents only
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