Online Graduate Certificate in Medical Nutrition

Do you work in clinical health care and have a passion for nutrition? Gain the skills and confidence needed to provide nutritional recommendations to patients with a graduate certificate in medical nutrition. Whether you’re a practicing clinician or plan to pursue a career in medicine, this certificate will enable you to provide inclusive care.

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Total classes:

Total classes: 5

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 15

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Why is it important for health care professionals to learn about nutrition?

Gaining knowledge about nutrition research and guidelines can enhance health care professionals’ ability to treat patients. While nutrition isn’t typically a required part of medical education, it remains a vital tool in comprehensive health care.

This certificate offers you an in-depth review of evidence-based nutrition research. You’ll complete the program prepared to discuss diet therapies, supplement use, functional food usage and more with your patients or clients.

What skills will I gain from completing this certificate?

 

Through your coursework, you’ll learn about the role of nutrition in health maintenance, the treatment of disease and disease prevention. You’ll also be equipped to implement nutritional assessment techniques.

Transferable skills you can immediately put into practice include:

  • Collaborating with registered dietitians to provide medical nutrition therapy as part of a patient care team.
  • Evaluating patients’ diets and nutritional statuses.
  • Interpreting research evidence for the most accurate, current, general and disease-specific nutritional information and recommendations.
  • Proficiency in basic nutritional sciences.
  • Using patient information to craft individual nutrition management plans focused on optimal health and risk factor reduction.

Who is a good candidate for this medical nutrition certificate?

 

This certificate program is an ideal fit for students on a variety of academic and career paths. Building a critical eye for nutrition literature and learning how to talk to patients about the impact of diet and health can benefit:

  • Medical residents.
  • Post-baccalaureate students planning to enter a health career.
  • Practicing doctors and nurses.
  • Those pursuing professional programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy and more.

By contrast, this certificate isn’t suitable for someone who wants to become a registered dietitian (RD), dietician nutritionist (RDN) or those working in health care administration roles.

Will my certificate say "online"?

No, Arizona State University’s certificates and diplomas don’t specify whether you earn them online or in person. All certificates, diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Nutrition courses for doctors, physicians and healthcare professionals

Courses delve into both the prevention and treatment of disease through medical nutrition. You’ll learn about an array of topics, such as the components of therapeutic diets, nutrition across the lifespan, nutrition as a tool to manage chronic diseases, nutrigenomics and more. Courses may include:


Core

Chronic Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome: The Common Pathway for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes


Core

Complementary Nutrition


Core

Food and Nutrition Across the Lifespan


Core

Medical Nutrition in the Care and Prevention of Disease


Core

Nutrigenomics


Nutrition upskilling for current and future medical professionals

Completing this program will increase your ability to provide evidence-based recommendations across clinical settings, medical specialties and wellness spaces. You’ll also have the skills necessary to evaluate new nutrition research and literature as they become available. The career and academic paths this certificate supports include, but aren’t limited to:

Clinical health care

Corporate wellness

Diet app coaching

Nutrition and wellness coaching

Professional school (e.g. medical, dental, dentistry, pharmacy and law)

Learn from leading faculty in medical nutrition

Our faculty brings a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

Learn from leading faculty in medical nutrition

Our faculty brings a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.
  • Utilizing advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.

How to apply

Applicants to the medical nutrition graduate certificate must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Application requirements

Additional admission information

Developing the health workforce of the future

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5


million in research expenditures.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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