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Health Science Nutrition Certificate

The UTRGV graduate certificate in Nutrition online program can help you deepen your knowledge of nutrition and expand your career options. This 6-course certificate program can be completed in one year. Coursework is focused on common nutritional topics including; nutrition and diabetes, eating disorders, obesity, integrative nutrition, and more. This program does not meet the requirements to become a registered dietitian.

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About the Program

The Health Science Nutrition Certificate allows students who have already completed a Master of Science Health Science degree the opportunity to complete a second concentration and obtain a graduate certificate for that additional course work AND to allow other students the opportunity to complete a concentration only (no degree) with a graduate certificate to document their efforts.

This certificate may be used to document professional development for use in the student’s workplace and may qualify graduate hours necessary for faculty positions in high schools community colleges or universities.

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This course explores the phenomena that produce changes in normal cellular and tissue functions as well as related physiologic processes resulting from aging and various disease processes. Focus on interpretation of lab values and the effect of nutrition on various disease states will be included.
This course explains the role of nutrition in the life cycle including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging adults. Study of nutritional requirements during each period life cycle and its physiological basis, assessment of nutritional status, factors that determine food intake patterns in these age groups, and consequences of malnutrition will be discussed.
The course focuses on development of knowledge and skills for the learner to be able to set up and deliver an effective weight management program. Will cover topics such as management of obesity and prevention of co-morbidities, client assessment, dietary intervention, physical activity, and motivational interviewing and behavior change.
This course will give an overview of complementary and alternative medicine and how to integrate it with nutrition. The course will cover topics including alternative medicine, nutritional supplements and other unconventional healing modalities as they relate to nutrition.
This course will review practical information regarding management of diabetes, education theories, pathophysiology, and critical process to patient education. Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to provide diabetes-related medical nutrition therapy and be prepared to take the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) certification pending completion of the remaining requirements.
This course provides an overview of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia, nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other less common disorders. Treatment is considered from a team-based approach to include psychological, cognitive and physiological processes.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.



Please review all the admission requirements for the Health Science Nutrition Certificate degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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