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Graduate Certificate in Community Nutrition

Basic Degree Information/Description

The 12 hour certificate in Community Nutrition is designed to meet the needs of students who want to contribute to the emerging field of community and public health nutrition. The certificate provides students with an understanding of both the scope and skills associated with community nutrition education and promotion. Specifically, this certificate is offered to equip students to fill the growing need for community nutrition practitioners, especially in south Texas.

The Community Nutrition graduate certificate will be offered 100% online and will provide critical knowledge regarding nutrition needs across lifespans.

Program Options

The certificate in Community Nutrition addresses the growing need for community & public health professionals with nutrition backgrounds. The certificate coursework provides students with a strong foundation in community nutrition content, evidence-based practices, and exposure to the professional roles associated with nutrition programs and policy in dietary behaviors.

Students pursuing this program will complete the following courses:

KAH 6053 Nutrition in Health and Disease

KAH 5323 Community Nutrition

KAH 5343 Public Policy and Nutrition

KAH 5333 Nutrition through the Lifecycle

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program will be required to apply for admission to UTSA as a special (non-degree-seeking) graduate student and to indicate their intent to seek admission into a certificate program. Applicants will be required to meet university admission requirements for special graduate students. Once admitted as a special graduate student, the student will contact the Certificate Program Advisor and complete a form requesting permission to enter and complete the certificate program. The [Community Nutrition Certificate] Program Advisor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Education and Human Development will sign the certificate form. A copy of this form will be sent to The Graduate School.

Departmental entrance requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, Psychology, Nutrition, or Dietetics. Closely related degrees will be considered based on completed coursework.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, though students with a 3.0 GPA in their last two years will be considered.
  • To maintain enrollment in the certificate program, students should maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout tenure in the program.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation with specified criteria to address.
  • Statement of Purpose in pursuing the certificate

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Letters of Recommendation: Two letters are required with specific criteria to be addressed.

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Specific Degree Requirements: See Catalog

Graduate Studies Application: Yes, unless already a currently enrolled degree-seeking graduate student.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Erica Sosa, Ph.D.

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Telephone: (210) 458-5053

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