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Graduate Nutrition Minor

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 your body works.

Our Program

Our Graduate Nutrition Minor is designed for University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing graduate students who desire more advanced training in nutrition science taught by top researchers, clinicians, and educators. For the past 25 years, Penn Nursing has provided outstanding nutrition training at the undergraduate level. This graduate certificate expands opportunities for nutrition training to the graduate level for individuals who are enrolled in a School of Nursing graduate program.

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.


A basic nutrition course or transfer credit is a pre-requisite to this minor. Students are required to earn at least three credit units from the minor curriculum. View the Graduate Minor curriculum.

How to Declare a Minor

A student needs to formally declare a minor by completing the MSN Minor form. Prior to submitting the form, the student must obtain permission from the Program Directors. The minor is recorded on the student’s transcript.