Online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Education

Expand your nutrition skill set in just one year.

American University’s online Certificate in Nutrition Education can prepare you for continued success in the nutrition and public health fields. Designed for students with a bachelor’s degree who want to earn a valuable credential fast, this program can be completed in one year.

As a student, you will learn from expert faculty as you study from anywhere in a flexible format designed for working adults. Develop your knowledge of nutrition education, programming, and policy and prepare to address food and nutrition-related issues in a wide range of roles.


American’s online Certificate in Nutrition Education consists of six courses delivered 100% online. Electives are built into the curriculum for a customizable learning experience.

This 18-credit program gives you the skills to translate research and theory into practice, providing a deep understanding of nutrition approaches and health recommendations throughout the lifecycle. Most students finish the program in 12 months.

If you decide to continue your education with a master’s degree before you’ve completed 12 credits of certificate coursework, you can transfer all of your credits into American’s online Master of Science in Nutrition Education program. Contact an admissions adviser for complete details.


When you earn your graduate certificate in nutrition education from American, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scientific knowledge in nutrition, consistent with health recommendations, throughout the lifecycle.
  • Translate nutrition research and theoretical nutrition concepts into practice.
  • Develop programming and intervention skills related to nutrition.

Graduates of this program are qualified for nutrition-based roles in government, community agencies, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and more. You might also work for departments of health, health clubs, or on a consulting basis. Nutrition education specialists earn an average of $51,193 per year

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