What is Precision Nutrition?

UConn Online Precision Nutrition Graduate Certificate, naturopathic conceptPrecision nutrition, also referred to as personalized nutrition, focuses on the individual rather than groups of people. This emerging field in human nutrition requires a strong understanding of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics, particularly their connection to disease. This allows for the development of precision diet recommendations based on an individual’s genetic makeup, biochemical traits, gut microbiome, physical activity, and behavior for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

UConn’s Department of Nutritional Sciences offers a 12-credit, 4-course, 100% online graduate certificate program in Precision Nutrition. The program is designed for individuals working in healthcare, private practice, and industry. It provides advanced knowledge in human nutrition, nutritional genetics and genomics, and metabolism, which is crucial for devising individualized dietary recommendations for the promotion of health and prevention of chronic disease. 

UConn’s Precision Nutrition Online Graduate Certificate highlights include:

Flexible, collaborative online platform: All four courses are taught online. They are structured around modules and weekly topics. Yes, there are deadlines, but our online platform—Husky CT/Blackboard—is asynchronous, enabling you to work at your own pace and on your own time, at home or at the office.

The platform creates a highly interactive, collaborative experience perfect for innovative thinking. Faculty members post questions and opinions to a discussion board to which students add their responses—and can respond to each other, providing invaluable feedback and insights.

Diverse student population: The Precision Nutrition Online Graduate Certificate Program was designed to be inclusive of all healthcare professions and those with an interest in healthcare innovation, nutrigenomics, and metabolism. With the collaborative nature of our online platform, students are able to benefit greatly from the diverse experiences of their classmates. Each student brings his or her own experiences and ideas to the classroom environment.

Certificate credentials are UConn credentials: Just like every undergraduate and graduate degree UConn students earn, every online graduate certificate we award bears the signature of the University of Connecticut—your assurance that your credentials come straight from one of the nation’s Top 25 Universities. Further, UConn is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 

All courses are taught by the same faculty members who teach our on-campus undergraduate and graduate-level courses and bring a wealth of real-world work experience to “class.” Each faculty member is committed to continually adapting the curriculum to reflect the latest evidence in healthcare innovation.

Note: Credits earned within the Precision Nutrition Online Graduate Certificate program can later be applied to UConn’s MS in Personalized Nutrition (https://personalized-nutrition.online.uconn.edu/).