Nutrition and Health Sciences

Community Health & Wellness Option

The community health and wellness option in the Nutrition and Health Sciences Major equips you to succeed in a community health education and health promotion career. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam, while also being prepared for graduate programs in dietetics or other health fields. You will be prepared to lead programs to improve health and lifestyle behaviors aimed at enhancing both individual and community quality of life.

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Program Features

Innovative Curriculum

Engage in effective and up-to-date curriculum combining multiple sciences with nutrition and health courses. This program provides comprehensive preparation for community health promotion careers and to pursue further study at the graduate level.

Hands-On Learning

Apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and gain practical experience through an internship. Students have completed internships with organizations such as ConAgra Foods, Syracuse Area Health and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Research and Outreach

Conduct research alongside expert faculty on one of several nutrition and health topics. Engage in programming and make an impact across the state through the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases or Nebraska Extension.

Notable Courses

NUTR 150 Career Preparation in Nutrition and Health Sciences

Philosophy and goals of academic programs, curricula, certifications, career opportunities and graduate programs in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences.

NUTR 250 Human Nutrition and Metabolism

Introduction to nutrient function in the body, nutrient chemistry and energy metabolism. Role of nutrients in health and disease.

NUTR 256 Addressing Health Disparities through Health Literacy

Understanding health disparities through a social justice lens and the role of health literate communication in reducing health disparities, as well as its limitations.

NUTR 400 Planning and Implementation of Health Promotion Programs

Theory-based process of developing health promotion/education programs. Learn principles of planning, implementing and evaluating health education interventions using evidence-based research.

NUTR 407 Principles of Epidemiology for Nutrition and Public Health

Apply basic epidemiology concepts to nutrition and public health to inform research design, estimate outcome measures, and determine intervention effectiveness to prevent and treat disease.

NUTR 408 Community Health Advocacy

Provides knowledge of health policy development in the United States with opportunities to apply health advocacy skills through learning, reflection and engagement with local organizations.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Nebraska Extension
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club and Spa


  • Public Health Educator
  • Corporate Wellness Manager
  • Community Health Educator
  • Health Coach
  • Nurse

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Nutrition and Health Sciences, Nebraska
  • Master of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Community Health and Wellness option within the Nutrition and Health Sciences major, contact us.

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Dijon DeLaPorte
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Director of Recruitment