The goal of the Certificate Program in the Management of Child Nutrition Programs is to provide knowledge and skills in food service operations management and child nutrition for those currently employed or pursuing careers in school nutrition. School nutrition professionals are employees of state and local education agencies, who ensure that healthful meals and nutrition education are provided to children in their districts, communities, and states. The certificate program focuses both on the management of school food service operations as well as meeting the nutritional needs of school children.
The undergraduate certificate program was developed with the needs of working professionals in mind. All courses are offered fully online using WebCT technology. Most program participants will take 1-2 courses per semester and will require approximately two years for completion.
The curriculum consists of six three-credit courses, for a total of 18 credit hours.
- NFS 362 Nutrition
- NFS 481 Financial Management in Nutrition and Food Systems
- NFS 482 Food Production Management
- NFS 425* The Nutrition of the Child*
- NFS 473 Child Nutrition Program Management
- NFS 490 Current Topics in Child Nutrition Programs
*Courses with an asterisk require NFS 362 as a prerequisite. NFS 362 is offered online every semester.
- Students must complete credit hour and course requirements with a 2.0 GPA.