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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell University/Division of Nutritional Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies

August 2018-May 2019

Program highlights

The Division of Nutritional Sciences

A unit in Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) is the largest academic unit in the United States devoted to the study of human nutrition and one of the world’s preeminent institutions of nutrition education, research, and service.

DNS has a world-class faculty with expertise in global and public health, community nutrition, molecular and human metabolic nutrition, and nutritional epidemiology. The courses taught by DNS faculty integrate their area of expertise with the biomedical sciences to explore, for example, the relationships between nutrition, physiology, and diagnostic outcomes or to better understand the psychological and sociological determinants of food and/or lifestyle choices.

DNS has successfully prepared students for careers in the health professions since its formation. In 2009, DNS instituted the Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies, thereby expanding its educational outreach to students who need to improve their credentials and/or obtain supplementary prerequisite coursework (such as anatomy and physiology) prior to applying to professional programs.

Participation in DNS's academic programs allows post-baccalaureate students to engage in scholarly and academic work that emphasizes nutritional biochemistry and medical nutrition therapy. Opportunities are given to apply newly acquired knowledge to societal and health issues, government policy, and people's everyday lives. Post-baccalaureate students are also able to participate in research within DNS.

Small class size

With the program’s limited enrollment, students can form close friendships with peers and enjoy individual attention from instructors. Program advisors are able to work closely with students, providing academic guidance during the program and one-on-one career advising.

Our small program enables faculty to prepare highly personal letters of recommendation focusing on the student’s personal growth during the program, key academic strengths, and effectiveness of interpersonal skills demonstrated during the program.

Most importantly, the small size of our program allows program staff to maintain an open line of communication with program graduates and provide assistance in the application process post-graduation. Alumni of our program are able to retain their Cornell identifications to use in the application process as well as to contact Cornell faculty and staff.

Intensive and highly individualized

The program of study includes three core courses available exclusively to post-baccalaureate students:

  • Preparation for Professional Studies
  • Health and the Humanities
  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology I

To round out your educational experience, you will choose the remainder of your program credits from a vast selection of courses offered at Cornell University. These courses are chosen in consultation with your program advisor to ensure that the courses will strengthen and enrich your academic record. Areas of study include:

  • advanced science courses to enhance your biomedical science training, such as neurobiology, genetics, endocrinology, histology, parasitology, immunology, virology, cellular physiology, nutritional biochemistry, nutrition and disease, experimental molecular neurobiology, ecology of infectious diseases, and biomedical materials and devices for human body repair;
  • nutritional science courses that integrate the physical, biological, and social sciences to help you better understand the role of nutrition in epigenetic and genetic alterations, drug-nutrient interaction, preventive health, social behavior, and healthy lifestyle choices;
  • health care administration courses to deepen your understanding of the financial and professional practice of health care, such as health-care systems, health-care finance, and health-care policies;
  • epidemiology courses to broaden your awareness of patterns in disease occurrence and use of evidence-based medicine, such as global and public health, population health, statistics, health and survival inequalities, and epidemiology in a health context; and
  • human development and behavior courses that may be recommended for health care professions.

Certificate in Health Studies

The Cornell/DNS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies is accredited by the New York State Department of Education. Accreditation holds the curriculum, advising, and evaluation of the program to an established standard that is overseen by the New York State Department of Education.

Students who complete our program are awarded a:

  • Certificate in Health Studies, which recognizes the academic accomplishments of program graduates who complete 32 credits during their course of study at Cornell, or
  • Certificate with Distinction in Health Studies, which acknowledges the academic excellence of program graduates who complete 32 credits and also maintained a 3.8 GPA.