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Oklahoma State University

Community Nutrition

What You Will Learn

This program (also called Public Health Nutrition) promotes overall health and well-being in government institutions, hospitals, schools, and larger organizations through nutrition policy, environmental, and education approaches. The curriculum emphasizes the application of food and nutrition knowledge, policy, and research for the improvement of the health of populations. Coursework includes nutrition education, assessment and counseling, community-level initiatives to improve health, and a focused science sequence in biology, physiology, and metabolism. A pre-professional experience component in a community setting is required.

Career Opportunities

This degree program prepares individuals for careers in nutrition education, exercise and wellness, food service management, public health, and other areas. These professionals educate the public about disease prevention, improve food safety, resolve food insecurity, and develop public policies.

The OSU Distinction

Opportunities are available to conduct community-based nutrition research under the guidance of highly qualified faculty members.


The Nutritional Sciences Club is a departmental club which assists students in getting a start in their profession. Club members develop professional and social competencies, establish networks, and provide services to the department, campus, and community.

The program requires a pre-professional experience component in a community setting.


  • Aundria Goree, Manager of Population Health at Oklahoma City County Health Department (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Austin Koliba, Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers (Dallas, TX)
  • Emilee Lehenbauer, Director of Business Development at United Services Organization (Washington, DC)
  • Nancy Sitler, Director of Child Nutrition - Sapulpa Public Schools (Sapulpa, OK)


Students in this degree program learn and develop skills through nutrition related community engagement and service learning opportunities.  The department partners with organizations such as food resource centers and food banks, family and youth services, and USDA-funded nutrition programs in both large and small school districts across the state.


There are no national rankings available for this area of study.