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Online Professional Certificates in Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness, Certificate

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This program is designed to meet the growing demand of allied health/medical professionals, registered dietitians, fitness professionals, personal trainers, and the general public. This innovative and comprehensive web-based certificate program provides an in-depth examination of contemporary nutritional topics such as meal plan analysis, functional food implementation, antioxidants, public nutrition, sports nutrition, vitamin supplementation, and weight management.


This program is designed for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and other health and wellness professionals looking for a credible curriculum to gain expertise in advising their clients on nutrition. This online certificate program provides an in-depth examination of advanced sports nutrition, vitamin/protein supplementation, functional food implementation, antioxidants, and meal-plan analysis for optimal performance. The certificate will enhance your resume and demonstrate to clients that you're a qualified professional.
The program is also ideal for registered dieticians (RD) and dietetic technician-registered (DTR) professionals seeking CEUs, as well as health enthusiasts wanting to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating.

Instructor Melissa Halas-Liang is a nationally recognized nutrition educator, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and wellness expert.


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Only feedback on assignments and exams
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Programme Structure

Two Certificate Options

  • Nutrition for Optimal Health and Wellness Certificate
    Successfully complete the following three online courses:
    • Nutrition and You: Functional Foods
    • Weight Management and Nutrition in the Lifecycle
    • Public Nutrition and Wellness Education
  • Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports Certificate
    Successfully complete the three courses above plus Introduction to Sports Nutrition and Performance.
  • English Language Requirements

    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Academic Requirements

    This certificate program is held online. Consistent access to the Internet is required.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      399 USD/module
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    *Tuition fee per course


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