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Online Certificate Program:
School Nutrition and Wellness

Program Coordinator:  Melissa Halas-Liang, MA, RD, CDE

The Online Certificate in School Nutrition and Wellness has been designed to meet the growing demand for Registered Dietitians, DTRs, allied health/medical and fitness professionals, school administrators, parents, and the general public who want to develop healthy food programs and strategies for children in today’s school systems. This Web-based Certificate program provides information on why nearly 20% of America's children are overweight or obese and how you can make a positive impact in your community to establish effective health, nutrition, and wellness policies that will be critical for reversing this serious problem. The health status of America’s youth will directly impact our nation's health care system, available labor pool, and national priorities for years to come.  With the knowledge gained through this certificate, participants will feel confident leading or participating in effective wellness committees, modeling optimal eating behaviors, and making your school and community environment healthy and positive.  

This Certificate program is appropriate for anyone concerned with child health and education including:

  • Registered Dietitians/Dietetic Technicians, Registered
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Health Educators
  • Nutritionists
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health/Medical and Fitness Professionals
  • Food Service Providers
  • Caregivers
  • PTA Members
  • Parents




Certificate Structure


Module 1:
Course 1: School Wellness and Nutrition - Problems and Effective Solutions
Course 2: Developing School Wellness - Children Nutritional Programs



Certificate Format

The certificate program's required two core courses have been designed to be completed in as little as two months or students have up to one year if necessary. 

  • The On-line Certificate program format has been designed to be taken in one module. 
  • Students may elect to enroll in courses one at a time, as they are offered.
  • Students are provided with 8 weeks of access per course.
  • Courses are offered in an OPEN ENROLLMENT format, meaning students can register and begin courses at any time.


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