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Why study nutritional sciences online through OSU?

Our online nutritional sciences program is specifically designed for those seeking a career in public health nutrition. You will be prepared to promote overall health and well-being in government institutions, hospitals, schools and larger organizations through nutrition education about disease prevention, social media materials related to food safety, food system alterations to decrease food insecurity and public policy related to child dietary quality, to name a few. OSU offers four nutritional sciences options. Students wishing to become a dietitian should pursue the Dietetics option, an in-person, traditional undergraduate program.


This 100 percent online degree program is delivered through Canvas, OSU’s online learning platform. Full-time enrollment is encouraged, but not required. Generally, students enrolled full time can expect to complete their degree in four years.  


The online program follows the same curriculum as the on-campus nutritional sciences degree, option in public health nutrition.  We use a strong physical and social science background to study the many aspects of human health, through the frame of nutrition. Flexible and individualized curriculum allows you to pursue your desired professional path. Hands-on experiences and service learning is prioritized, beginning with shadowing public health nutrition professionals such as WIC nutritionists, school nutrition directors, Cooperative Extension educators, health coaches, public health educators and more. This gives you a direct look at the profession to ensure you have chosen the right career path. Additionally, service-learning opportunities allow you to use and practice skills learned in the classroom while simultaneously serving others through work with community organizations such as food resource centers, senior adult nutrition programs, school nutrition programs, early childhood programs and others.


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To apply for the program, students must complete the OSU undergraduate application. By completing the online application and answering the essay questions, you will automatically be considered for scholarship opportunities at OSU. Comprehensive admission requirements for online, freshmen, international and readmission students can be found through OSU Undergraduate Admissions.



OSU offers undergrad online degree programs at a block rate tuition structure which means students taking 12-18 hours will be charged the same block rate whether they take 12 to 18 hours in a semester. This helps students shorten the time to earn their degrees and assists with financial budgeting. Additionally, OSU accepts transfer credit and all undergraduate students are eligible for scholarships awarded through the university and college. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
  Resident Non-Resident
Total cost per credit hour $420.35 $937.70
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,261.05 $2,813.10
Semester Block Rate Tuition and Fees based on 15 hours $6,305.25 $14,065.50

* This is only an estimate of cost, based on currently approved 2022-2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks, exams, or course expenses, nor do they factor in individual transfer credits or scholarship information. Cost will vary if not enrolled in a fully online degree program. Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer


Military Members: beginning Fall 2022, active duty military or military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves are eligible to receive the in-state tuition rate when admitted to one of OSU's approved online degree or certificate programs. To receive the in-state tuition rate, students should submit a copy of their DD214 or NGB-22 with application materials. Other forms of documentation may be possible.


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