Community Nutrition

 The Community Nutrition emphasis within the Nutrition and Dietetics degree is designed to meet the needs of students who want training in health promotion, disease prevention, program development, and nutrition interventions in the community setting.  In order to meet the demand for practitioners that provide nutrition-related services in the public sector, the new emphasis incorporates a minor in Public Health as part of the degree requirements. 


The degree emphasis in Community Nutrition addresses the food and nutrition employment demand and priorities anticipated in the public and private sectors in coming years. It is expected that employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.

Plan of Study for Community Nutrition

Career Opportunities

  • Community nutrition/ wellness educator
  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition non-profit
  • Health food store management
  • Marketing specialist for food or nutrition
  • Nutrition writer
  • Community health worker
  • Public health official
  • Cooperative extension agent
  • Public relations for food companies, nutrition publications or organizations
  • Social media writer
  • Consumer advocate