Department of Human Sciences

Human Nutrition

Careers in the human nutrition field have gained considerable interest during the past few decades as more people recognize nutrition is a vital part of their health. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of dietitians and nutritionists will grow 21 percent by 2022 - faster than the average for all occupations.

The Human Nutrition program at Ohio State can help you make your career aspirations a reality. Our multidisciplinary program, taught by experts in the field, concentrates on how nutrients and their metabolism promote optimal health. The curriculum encompasses coursework from disciplines across the university to provide foundational knowledge in numerous areas of nutrition including food science, macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism, global nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling.

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, you'll be exposed to research and scientific methods that will propel you into your career, no matter which path you choose. The opportunities for in-the-field training are abundant, with businesses regularly seeking our students for internships throughout the school year.

Human Nutrition at Ohio State has internationally renowned faculty. Their research, teaching and outreach on diverse nutrition topics ranging from community and behavioral nutrition to biomolecular nutrition, clinical nutrition and food safety that seeks to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families. As educators, our faculty members pique the curiosities of students and challenge them to achieve their aspirations.

Whether you are interested in the science of nutrition, the clinical skills needed to help others take charge of their health through nutrition or the business side of the industry, the Human Nutrition program will equip you to become a confident and educated nutrition professional.

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition
The OSU PhD Program in Nutrition will prepare you for the interdisciplinary nature of modern nutrition science and equips you with the skills needed to be an adaptive learner in nutrition. You'll receive a diverse learning experience from faculty at the colleges of Education and Human Ecology; Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; and Veterinary Medicine.

Master of Science in Human Nutrition
The master's degree is a research-intensive program where you'll learn the science of nutrition. You also will work alongside researchers specializing in human nutrition and related health disciplines who are working on solving diverse issues that affect diets, well-being and disease on your way to becoming a scholar of nutrition.

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Dietetics
The path to become a registered dietitian nutritionist is through the bachelor's program specializing in dietetics. You'll become an educated nutrition professional by learning how food, nutrition and diet are an integral part to maintaining good health and obtain the academic competencies and prerequisite knowledge for competitive admission into a dietetics internship program.

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Nutrition in Industry
The Nutrition in Industry specialization will prepare you with the fundamentals of human nutrition and food science and apply it to a career in the business side of the industry. The program pairs a comprehensive nutrition and business curriculum with real-world experience to help you stand out to potential employers.

Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences
The bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences provides more flexibility in your curriculum by educating you in metabolism and the influence of dietary constituents on human health and disease. This basic sciences-focused program provides plenty of out-of-the-classroom opportunities including undergraduate research and career development.

Other Programs

Human Nutrition Minor
The minor in human nutrition provides you the opportunity to create a customized track specific to your interests. Being able to choose classes from any of the human nutrition specializations, a minor can be a major complement to your degree program and career interests.

Human Nutrition Dietetic Internship Program
This graduate non-degree program is a supervised practice teaching you the knowledge and professionals skills required to take the registration exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist.