Nutrition Certificate

Designed for graduate students who desire more advanced education in nutrition science, taught by top researchers, clinicians, and educators.

About the Program

Nutrition is an integral part of human existence and vital to maintenance of health and prevention of disease. Nutrition science is alive with ever deeper underpinnings of linkages between nutrients and health together with their mechanisms of action. Knowledge about this exciting field can enrich your understanding of how the body works. For over 25 years, Penn Nursing has provided outstanding training in nutrition science at the undergraduate level.

Our faculty have deep backgrounds in nutrition science and dietetics. Their research includes human and basic science studies in obesity, oncology, gastrointestinal disease, and community nutrition.

Program Information


Program Length

12 months

Financial aid available?


Start Semester


Learning Format


Program Details


You are required to complete four-course units from the list of all graduate nutrition courses listed from the graduate certificate curriculum.

Click the link below to view the curriculum for this program in the University catalog.

View curriculum


Minimum qualifications for the program

Bachelor’s degree in any field

International Applicants

Click here for additional requirements

Application Deadlines

2025 Enrollment Deadlines: 

Spring Start: October 15, 2024

Decision Notification: mid-December

Summer Start: March 15, 2025

Decision Notification: mid-April

Fall Start: April 1, 2025

Decision Notification: early-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester. Below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of the program:

School of Nursing certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid. However, some tuition assistance may be available to you via alternative loan programs, please follow this link to find out more: Students can always apply for personal loans through their bank.

Students can also sign up for a payment plan if they do not have tuition reimbursement from their employer or if they can’t pay their bill in full. The link for the Penn Payment Plan is: Penn Payment Plan | Penn Student Registration & Financial Services| Penn SRFS (

Program Outcomes

The Graduate Nutrition Certificate will enable you to certify basic knowledge of nutrition science, preparations that will be valuable for your own health and lifestyle management. It will augment the skills and insight that you will bring to professional roles or policy-development activities.


The Nutrition Certificate does not lead to a professional licensure and is not linked to any clinical credentialing body. The courses provide didactic information but are not designed to increase clinical skills.

Program Activities

New Insight into Optimal Protein Dosing for Critically Sick Patients

A new study finds that higher protein didn’t help this ICU patient population, and for those with acute kidney failure it actually caused harm.

University Communications
Penn Nursing is leading to healthier, more equitable future.

Ready to take the next step?