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Arnold School of Public Health

Education and Training

There are a wide variety of education and training opportunities made available to UofSC students involved in the field of nutrition. 

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

Spring 2022 Nutrition Course Offerings

HPEB 489: Food Systems Capstone Seminar
HPEB 502: Applied Aspects of Human Nutrition
HPEB 560: Cooking up a Storm: Food, Globalization, Localization, and Health in the South
HPEB 620: Nutrition through the Lifecycle
EXSC 507: Exercise, Sport, and Nutrition
EXSC 620: Nutrition and Immunology
NURS 220: Clinical Nutrition
ANTH 212: Food and Culture
BIOL 425: Plant Form and Function
BIOL 465: Domestic Animal Nutrition

View our full list of semester courses here.


Practice Opportunities

Practicum opportunities are available in the field of nutrition. Visit MySPH for more information on current available opportunities. For more information on previous practicum sites, check out this table

  • Performance Nutrition Intern - Duties include supporting the Performance Nutrition staff members in daily activities to assisting and educating the student-athletes to reaching their peak performance through nutrition, assisting the Performance Nutrition staff in creating and promoting educational materials that will serve to enhance the student-athletes performance, observing and assisting with conducting consults, team talks, body composition testing, hydration testing, and cooking demos.
  • Clinic Based Health Education/Chronic Disease Prevention/Management - The Clinic Based Health Educator will perform the initial patient assessment, develop educational intervention plan , and document patient centered behavior goals to improve the health of the patient. Evaluation of the behavior health improvement i.e. nutritional changes, exercise, will be at the next patient visit or via electronic communications.
  • The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has several open internship/practicum positions, including positions with the Birth Outcome Initiative, the Behavioral Health Policy Management Team, the Behavioral Health Quality Assurance Team, and more. 

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.


Research Opportunities

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. 

*Required fields

What best describes the type of research experience you are looking for? (select up to 2) *
What type of research skills are you looking to develop? *
Which of the following types of positions are you open to? (select all that apply) *
How much time can you devote to this research experience? *

Be as specific as possible in your description so that we can better match you with a research experience (ex.: specific behaviors, outcomes, approaches/methods, populations).

Which nutrition related topics are of most interest to you? (select up to 3) *

You can find a list of Nutrition Consortium Affiliate Scholars on our "Meet Us" page. You may list up to 5.

Have you been in touch about engaging in research with any of these faculty members? *

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.


Employment Opportunities

  • 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.

Masters or PhD graduate Research Assistants for NIH-funded weight loss study:

The Behavioral Research in Eating Lab ( is looking to hire a graduate research assistant to assist with intervention development, recruitment, and data management for an NIDDK-funded R01 study examining a mobile health intervention for weight loss. Duties for the graduate research assistant include:

  • Learning to use RedCap and entering surveys
  • Assisting with recruitment and tracking of study participants
  • Cleaning survey and lab data
  • Helping to develop intervention content for the study

Strong organizational skills are required. Prior experience managing data, creating intervention material, and working on research projects is preferred. Position may begin now or at the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester. If interested in applying for the position, please complete the following form.

 Postgraduate opportunities in nutrition can be found on different organization pages, like USC Jobs, APHA, and ASN


Completed Dissertations & Theses





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