Degrees, Certificates, and Concentrations
This minor is designed to help mitigate the shortage of trained professionals by building students' competenceies in the areas of food system transformation, environmental sustainability, nutritional health improvement and social justice.
This certificate prepares students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to conduct international work on a variety of different topics, such as food and nutrition.
Several different programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees allow/require cognates, or a grouping of related courses, such as nutrition. For more information contact your advisor.
Nutrition and Related Courses
Summer 2023 Nutrition Course Offerings
|HPEB 502: Applied Aspects of Human Nutrition|
|HRTM 340: Nutrition|
|BIOL 425: Plant Form and Function|
*Some courses may have prerequisites or restrictions.
View our full list of semester courses here.
Practicum opportunities are available in the field of nutrition. Visit MySPH for more information on current available opportunities. Check out the table below for examples of previous practicum sites and a more comprehensive list here.
|Alliance for a Healthier Generation||Non-profit||We work with schools, youth-serving organizations, and businesses to build healthier communities that support healthy kids||tag 1, tag2|
|Bon Secours St. Francis Health System||Hospital||To extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved.|
|Columbia Free Medical Clinic||Non-profit||To provide quality health care, at no cost, to residents of the community who cannot pay for such services and who have no health insurance.|
|Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County||Non-profit||To provide medical care and connect resources to achieve a healthier Kershaw County.|
|Prisma Health Diabetes Prevention Program||
|Our program is available to help adults with a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is twice as common among African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and
Asian-Americans. Our program encourages individuals to achieve a healthy lifestyles by eating healthier,
increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce
the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
|Eat Smart, Move More SC Coalition||Non-profit||Eat Smart Move More South Carolina works to reduce obesity by helping communities create healthy eating and active living options where we live, learn, work, pray, and play.|
|Epworth Children’s Home||Non-profit||The mission of Epworth Children’s Home is to serve children, youth and families through a caring, accepting and safe Christian community, where hurts are healed; hope is nurtured; and faith in God self and others is developed|
|Feed the City||Non-profit||Feed The City is more than an annual weekend of culinary events we host. It's a mantra for our business. We're in the business of feeding people and right now there are a lot of people in our city who need to be fed.|
|Faculty and Staff Wellness and Prevention||University Entity||We offer programs and education to help students, faculty and staff live healthy lifestyles, specializing in disease prevention, exercise, nutrition, sexual health and stress management.|
|Fetter Health Care Network||Federally Qualified Health Center||We provide comprehensive services for insured, uninsured and underserved residents in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties.|
|Healthy Carolina||University Entity||We support and encourage healthy choices in the Carolina Community as a way of life, encompassing all dimensions of wellness.|
|Food Policy Committee City of Columbia||Government||This committee shall gather and address problems found within food production, consumption, processing, distribution, and waste disposal with the primary focus on finding solutions to problems that promote sustainability, economic development, and social justice in the food system of the Columbia and surrounding areas by educating government officials about issues of the food system, making policy recommendations, research, fostering of cooperation among private, public, and non-profit interests.|
|HopeHealth Inc.||Federally-Qualified Health Center||HopeHealth provides integrated health services for more than 41,000 patients in areas surrounding Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg counties|
|LiveWell Greenville||Non-profit||Greenville County has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation with 66% of adults and 41% of youth being overweight or obese. It is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle when the surrounding environment does not promote healthy habits. Without providing adequate access to healthy eating and active living, the overall health of our community will continue to decline.|
|March of Dimes South Carolina Chapter||Non-profit||March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We're advocating for policies to protect them. We're working to radically improve the health care they receive. We're pioneering research to find solutions. We're empowering families with the knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we're building a brighter future for us all.|
|OneWorld Health||Non-profit||OneWorld Health is a 501(c)(3) organization that fills the gaps left by governmental, temporary, and narrowly focused healthcare efforts. We’ve created a smarter, sustainable, permanent approach that puts the power to heal back into the community’s hands. We build healthcare facilities that provide a full scope of medical services and are designed to be affordable and accessible.|
|Prevention Research Center (PRC)||University Entity||Committed to the health of South Carolinians, the Prevention Research Center (PRC) promotes physical activity and healthy eating by sponsoring projects that encourage and support people of all ages to become more physically active and to eat healthier, because healthy people make healthy communities.|
|Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)||Non-profit||As the political advocacy arm of Save the Children, we are building bipartisan support to make sure every child has a strong start in life. We’re doing this by advocating for high-quality early learning, ending child hunger in the U.S. and educating and protecting kids around the world.|
|SC Department of Agriculture||Government||The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is made up of three main Divisions: Agency Operations, Consumer Protection, and External Affairs & Economic Development. Within these three areas are additional departments such as Grading & Inspection, Food Safety Compliance, and Agribusiness Economic Development|
|SC Thrive||Non-profit||SC Thrive’s mission is to lead South Carolinians from crisis to self-sustainability by providing innovative and efficient access to quality of life resources. These resources include food security, healthcare resources, and financial wellness through work supports.|
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Bureau of Community Nutrition Services
|Government||The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (DNPAO) aims to improve access to healthier foods and opportunities for daily physical activity through policy, systems, and environmental approaches reaching South Carolinians where they live, learn, work, and play.|
|South Carolina National Guard Health & Wellness Program||Military||The program focuses on helping the Guard family maintain a healthy physical presence. The H&W Coaches provide unit, group, and individual fitness programs, nutrition education, and weight loss resources. They also develop & implement enduring, integrated & regionally-accessible health & wellness programs to decrease high risk behaviors & promote healthy lifestyle choices.|
|Student Health Services||University Entity||We provide comprehensive physical and mental health care services right on campus. Our professional and compassionate providers are committed to evidence-based, patient-centered care to help contribute to your success and overall well-being|
|Ezekial Ministries||Non-profit||Ezekiel’s two main programs are an after-school program and a mentoring program for under-resourced children in Downtown Columbia, SC. Our long-term goals are to strengthen the family structure and help families break the cycle of generational poverty. We focus on academics, character development, spiritual wellness, and teamwork.|
|YMCA Columbia||Non-profit||To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.|
Capstone opportunities are also availabe in the field of nutrition. Some previous opportunities have included work with Harvest Hope Food Bank, Gamecock Food Pantry, and the South Carolina Farmers Market.
Dr. Michael Wirth is looking for interested undergraduate and graduate students to assist in data analysis for his current project looking at dietary assessment of nurses working day and night shifts. For more information please contact Dr. Wirth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in working with an Affiliated Scholar of the Nutrition Consortium? Fill out the following form and we will notify you of next steps to take.
Your thesis can also be devoted to nutrition research. You can contact an Affiliated Scholar to serve as your thesis director. For more information, you can check out the Thesis Guide.
- Kitchen Assistants are needed for a nutrition intervention study at UofSC. You can read more about it at www.DG3D.org. They are looking for students to assist in the Discovery teaching kitchen on Monday and/or Tuesday evenings. Monday would be from 3-8:30pm and Tuesday would be from 3-7pm. Hours and times are flexible based on the student's schedule. Tasks include chopping and preparing ingredients for cooking demonstrations and helping to set up the class and clean up afterwards. Opportunities to continue into the fall.
- Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative has an application for undergraduate students interested in doing research for credit hours. Apply here.
- A volunteer research assistant position is available at the Drexel Center for Weight Eating and Lifestyle Science Center (WELL Center) at Drexel University in the laboratory of Evan Forman, PhD. Dr. Forman’s research focuses on designing, refining, implementing and evaluating innovative behavioral and technology-based treatments for obesity and related eating problems. The position represents an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in clinical psychology, public health, and related fields, especially in preparation for graduate study in these areas. The position is entirely remote. Hours are negotiable and could range from 5 hours per week to 15 hours per week, if involvement in additional laboratory projects is desired. If you are interested, please complete the application here.
- The Nutrition Consortium is hiring a Graduate Assistant to assist with their symposium and other nutrition-related events. If interested, please email email@example.com.
- Interested in coming to USC to pursue graduate work in nutrition and health behavior? Want to come join the Behavioral Research in Eating Lab(BRIE) lab? Or are you interested in learning more about the work at the BRIE lab? If so, please fill out the contact form.
Completed Dissertations & Theses
- Agrelius, T. C.(2022). Methyltransferase Mystery: Epigenetic Mechanisms Induced by Food Limitation in Daphnia Pule.
- Alhabas, M. S.(2022). Food Insecurity Resilience of Refugee Families in the United States: A Qualitative Study.
- Bhandari, S.(2022). Homestead Vegetable and Poultry Production and Related Practices: An Assessment in Nepal.
- Bucko, A.(2022). Relationships Among Sleep, Physical Activity, and Weight Status in Children and Adolescents.
- Cintineo, H. P.(2022). Sports Nutrition- and Strength and Conditioning-based Interventions to Bolster Health and Human Performance in Male and Female Tactical Personnel.
- DuBois, K. E.(2022). Living With Ulcerative Colitis: Exploring Dietary Inflammatory Intake, Physical Activity, and Methods to Manage the Burden of Illness.
- Fair, M. L.(2022). Exploration of the Role of Neighborhood Residential Segregation by Race and Ethnicity in Obesity Risk Among School-Aged.
- Bercaw, H.(2022). Longitudinal Relation of Dietary Quality and Hemoglobin A1C in Youth and Young Adults With Diabetes.
- Byland, S.(2022). Self Reported Cardiovascular Health and Health Behaviors in Women Veterans.
- Isanovic, S.(2022). Perspectives About Food Safety in Diverse Low- And Middle-Income Countries.
- Quattlebaum, M.(2022). Moderating Effects of Parental Feeding Practices and Emotional Eating on Dietary Intake Among Overweight African American Adolescents.
- Tyson, N.(2022). Association Between Postpartum Weight Retention and the Dietary Inflammatory Index.
- Vincenty, C. S.(2022). Impact of a Novel Marine Algae Supplement on Inflammatory and Immune Response After High-Intensity Exercise.
- Aladhami, A.(2021). Role of Estrogen in Regulating Diet-Induced Obesity in Females.
- Alvarado, C. R.(2021). The Inflammatory Potential of Diet and its Relationship with Metabolic, Mental, and Cardiovascular Health among Childhood Cancer Survivors: The St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE).
- Hoy, K. I.(2021). A Contextual Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in South Carolina and Related Child Health Behaviors.
- Kyryliuk, R.(2021). Strengthening the Evidence-Base of Youth Nutrition Programs: A Three Part Approach.
- Martin, K. E.(2021). Helping High School Students Succeed Academically by Meeting Their More Basic Needs.
- Mohammed, A. D.(2021). Defining the Pathophysiology of Gut Humoral Immunodeficiency.
- Momodu, O. A.(2021). Evaluating the Health Impact of CenteringPregnancy Program Versus Traditional Prenatal Care in Midland Obstetric Clinics and Validating Selected Item On Birth Certificate.
- Rampalli, K. K.(2021). Food Choice Decision-Making Among School-Going Adolescents Amidst the Nutrition Transition in Urban Accra, Ghana.
- Reid, L. A.(2021). Household Food Security, Lifestyle Factors, and Glycemic Control Among Youth and Young Adults With Diabetes.
- Smith, A.(2021). Examination of Energy Needs and Female Athlete Triad Components in Competitive Cheerleaders.
- Wilson, M. J.(2021). A Cost Effectiveness Analysis Of The Nutritious Eating With Soul Study.
- Bevel, M. S.(2020). The Impact of Psychosocial, Clinical, and Neighborhood Factors on Inflammatory Outcomes Among African American Women.
- Browder, J. K.(2020). A Narrative Inquiry Into the Lived Experiences of Early Childhood Teachers Who Implemented Garden-Based Learning.
- Chinaeke, E. E.(2020). Treatment With Protease Inhibitor and Development of Diabetes Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Human Immune Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS).
- Cofie, A.(2020). Correlates of Maternal Health Service Use and Women’s Experiences Using Antenatal Care in Ghana: A Mixed-Methods Study.
- Constantinides, S. V.(2020). Determinants of Nutrition Agenda Setting in the Context of the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Tamil Nadu, India.
- Feng, Z. (2020). Digesting gender: Gendered foodways in modern chinese literature, 1890s–1940s.
- Horton Dias, C. E. (2020). An evaluation of the healthfulness of the hospital food environment.
- Iruhiriye, E.(2020). Understanding the Role of Political Commitment and Coherence Across Sectors and Across National and Sub-National Levels in Enabling Improvements in Nutrition in Rwanda.
- Jesmin, R.(2020). Mechanistic Insight on Vibrio Gazogenes Mediated Intervention of Aflatoxin Biosynthesis in Aspergillus Flavus.
- Joy, B. K.(2020). Freedom and Food: Transformations and Continuities in Foodways Among the People Who Labored at Stono Plantation, James Island, South Carolina During the Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Centuries.
- Larsen, C.(2020). Piloting a Smartphone-Based Sedentary Behavior Reduction Intervention for Adults With Overweight or Obesity: Take a STAND 4 Health.
- McMullen, T. P.(2020). Does Marriage, Employment and Having Children Matter? A Secondary Analysis on Physical Activity Levels, Leisure Time Physical Activity, and Social Roles Among Women in the United States.
- Monalisa, N. N.(2020). Influences on Parents’ Food Shopping for Children’s Consumption in South Carolina.
- Murphy, K.(2020). The Development of Polymer Constructs for Adipose Tissue Engineering Applications.
- Omebeyinje, M. H.(2020). Understanding the Influence of Changing Climate on Mycotoxin Contamination of Food and Indoor Fungi-Mediated Respiratory Illness.
- Reyes, L. I.(2020). Social Networks, the Local Food Environment, and Maternal Food Choice for Children Ages 1 to 5 Years Old in Rural Mexico.
- Sevoyan, M. (2020). Optimal pregnancy outcomes and subsequent postnatal development.
- Trivedi, T.(2020). Intracranial Atherosclerotic Stenosis and Its Association With Inflammation and Meditarrenean Diet.
- Whitt, O.(2020). Examining the Organizational Capacity of Public Libraries That Offer Obesity Prevention Programs.
- Zhang, Q. (2020). Early-onset colorectal cancer in mice.
- Zhang, Z.(2020). The Effects of Organic Products on Conventional Products and Retailer Assortment Planning.
- Crawford, B.(2020). Circulating Calcium, Phosphorus, and Parathyroid Hormone and Aggressive Prostate Cancer in the North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project.
- Davis-Martin, H.(2020). The Interaction Between Caffeine Consumption, Alcohol Use, and Amount of Sleep on Bone Health.
- Kipp, C.(2020). The Moderating Effects of Parenting Factors and Perceived Stress on African American Adolescent Weight Related Outcomes.
- Knoll, M.(2020). Association Between Urinary Enterolignans as a Marker for Gut Microbiome Diversity and Depression in NHANES.
- Meyerink, M. E.(2020). Identifying and Characterizing Transgenic Lines That Drive Gene Expression in the Adult Fat Body of the Drosophila Melanogaster.
- Albadrani, M.(2019). Microcystin Exposure and Liver Injury Outcomes in NAFLD.
- Alrafas, H.(2019). Beneficial Effects of Resveratrol Against Colitis and Colorectal Cancer Mediated by the Host Microbiome, Epigenome, and Immune Response.
- Bader, J.(2019). Macrophages and Associated Inflammation Differentially Impact Obesity, Colorectal Cancer and Obesity-Enhanced Colorectal Cancer.
- Basnet, S.(2019). Role of Resources for Care in Improving Care Behaviors, Children’s Nutritional Status and Early Childhood Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.
- Botchway, M. O.(2019). Social Networks, Social Support, and Contextual Factors That Affect Blood Glucose Control Among Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Urban Ghana.
- Boutté, A. K.(2019). Examining the Relationships Between Stress, Depressive Symptoms, and the Neighborhood Food Environment on Diet Quality Among Racially-Diverse Pregnant Women in South Carolina.
- Choi, R. H.(2019). Effect of TRB3 on Skeletal Muscle Mass Regulation and Exercise-Induced Adaptation.
- Crimarco, A.(2019). The Plant-Based and Soul-Full Study (PASS): Examining How Owners of Local Vegan Soul Food Restaurants Promote the Consumption of Vegan Foods in the African American Community.
- Hendley, M. A.(2019). Adipose Tissue Engineering: A Therapeutic Strategy for the Treatment of Obesity and Glucose Intolerance.
- Josey, M. J.(2019). Disparities in Colorectal Cancer: Measuring Spatial Accessibility, Screening, and Surveillance Outcomes in South Carolina.
- Lauffer, B.(2019). Education for Sustainability: The Effectiveness of a Place Based Environmental Education Unit in Food Waste Reduction on the Environmental Awareness of Fourth Grade Students.
- Miranda, K.(2019). Role of Epigenome and Microbiome in Endocannabinoid-Mediated Regulation of Inflammation During Diet-Induced Obesity.
- Nguyen, H.(2019). Parenting and Child Self-Regulation as Mechanisms for the Relationship of Household Food Insecurity with Child Dietary Behavior.
- Omofuma, O. O.(2019). Dietary Advanced Glycation End-Products (Ages) and Breast Cancer Risk and Survival.
- Patel, C.(2019). Co-Occurrence and Non-Overlap Among Behavioral and Health-Related Problems in Preschool Children.
- Pourhoseini, S.(2019). The Health Implication and Application of Silver and Iron Oxide Nanoparticles.
- Sutherland, M. W.(2019). Longitudinal Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms Among Youth and Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: Predictors and Health Outcomes.
- Carson, M. S.(2019). The Contribution of Adipose Tissue from Ovariectomized Mice to Colon Cancer.
- Davis, R.(2019). Potassium Fertilization Effects on Yield for Wheat, Soybean, and Corn Grown in Coastal Plain Soils.
- Loncar, H.(2019). Associations Among Parenting Style and Parental Feeding Practices on Adolescent Self-Efficacy for Diet and Obesity in African American Adolescents.