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Oklahoma State University

Community Nutrition

Community nutrition (also called Public Health Nutrition) promotes overall health and well-being in government institutions, hospitals, schools, and larger organizations through nutrition education. These professionals educate the public about disease prevention, improve food safety, resolve food insecurity, and develop public policies. They also emphasize the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research to the improvement of the health of populations. Community nutrition practitioners create and implement new ways to promote wellness in local communities and with individuals. Health and community education occupations are projected to increase by 16 percent from 2016-2026.


  • Flexible curriculum with customizable focus areas pairing nutrition with exercise, education, schools, food service
    management, or public health
  • Emphasis on public health and community initiatives to address chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes
  • Focused science sequence in biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, and biology
  • Undergraduate involvement opportunities in community nutrition research
  • Pre-professional experience component in community settings
  • Minor in Health Education and Promotion to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam



  • Athletic and fitness programs
  • Wellness and health promotion
  • State and tribal wellness initiatives
  • Cooperative extension service


  • Nutrition education
  • Public policy
  • Food assistance programs
  • International nutrition

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