Nutrition, Graduate Certificate

Contact Info

Dr. Lilian de Jonge
Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Studies 

The graduate certificate in nutrition prepares students to apply nutrition principles and the latest scientific evidence and methods of nutrition to health practice and research among different populations. The program emphasizes understanding the role of nutrition in population health and well-being and the development of skills required in the practice, analysis, and interpretation of nutrition-related information and data among individuals and populations. Students will learn nutrition principles; how to assess nutritional status of individuals, communities, and populations; and how to develop and evaluate nutrition interventions at the individual, community, and population level.

Completion Requirements

The graduate certificate in nutrition requires at least 18 credits of coursework, and may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The graduate certificate in nutrition's curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog.

This certificate qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.  For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment Disclosure Template.


The graduate certificate in nutrition is designed for health and nutrition professionals or other professionals interested in a career change to advance their understanding of nutrition and food studies. This additional qualification can help graduates be more competitive in the job market, and it can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.