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Make a Difference in Your Community

With a certificate in Public Health and Community Nutrition, you'll build the foundational knowledge and skills to promote health, prevent nutrition-related diseases and conditions, and advocate for needed food and nutrition programs and services to help different types of communities.

Students in this program are trained to help others. They graduate prepared to work as community health workers, school nutrition training managers, nutrition educators, and more.

Current IUP students can choose to earn this certificate as a minor instead by taking the same courses. Non-IUP students can enroll in the certificate as a stand-alone program or combine the certificate with an associate of arts degree in General Studies to build qualifications on a shorter timeline compared to a four-year degree. All of the courses in the certificate or minor will also count toward a BS in Nutrition degree.

Imagine Your Future

This certificate will provide the training and knowledge you need to impact the community around you in topics related to food and nutrition.

Industries Looking for You

  • Foodservice organizations and industry
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Individual and family medical providers
  • Local and state government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • School systems

A certificate in Public Health and Community Nutrition can also become a stepping stone to careers that require further certification:

Career opportunities in:

For some of these opportunities, an associate's degree is the minimum qualification, while a bachelor's degree is preferred.

  • Assistant Manager School Nutrition
  • Child Nutrition Advocate
  • Community Garden Coordinator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Cooperative Extension Educator
  • Farmer’s Market Coordinator
  • Food Pantry Coordinator
  • Food Production Quality Technician
  • Foodservice Manager
  • Formula and Human Milk Nutrition Technician
  • Health and Nutrition Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Meals on Wheels Coordinator
  • Nutrition Assistant
  • Nutrition Care Associate
  • Nutrition Educator
  • Nutrition Outreach Education Coordinator
  • Nutrition Services Aide
  • Nutrition Services Manager
  • Nutrition Site Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Retail Foodservice Manager
  • School Nutrition Training Manager
  • SNAP Outreach Coordinator
  • WIC Program Assistant

Community Health Workers:

Community Health Workers:

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Dietitians and Nutritionists:

Dietitians and Nutritionists:

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Classes and Requirements

Within the certificate, a 15-credit core prepares students in basic nutrition, including nutrition across the lifecycle and community nutrition. Coursework in public health nutrition epidemiology will help you better understand the evidence base for public health priorities and interventions.

The sixth class is an elective, which you can tailor to your interest in areas like food and culture; sustainability; and alternative, complementary, or integrative nutrition.

Some of the classes in this certificate are offered online, while others are available on IUP's Indiana campus. Students in the Punxsutawney area can participate in Indiana-based in-person classes via live stream.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our programs and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for these programs.

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Combine Your Certificate with an Associate's Degree

If you are interested in enhancing your career potential without investing in a four-year degree, consider combining an IUP Associate of Arts in General Studies with a certificate in Public Health and Community Nutrition. You'll gain the core qualification for many of the career paths mentioned above, enabling you to build a strong foundation to join the workforce.

Associate's degree students who also look to earn the certificate in Public Health and Community Nutrition can take classes in Indiana, online when offered, and at IUP Punxsutawney via a live stream into an Indiana classroom.