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Field of Study: Food, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies


Programs in food, nutrition, and wellness studies teach people about the role of food in health, wellness, and development.



Students learn about the relationship between eating and health. They learn about the nutritional needs of the body at all stages of life.

Food, nutrition, and wellness studies programs include topics such as:

  • Nutritional care and education
  • Food services planning
  • Life-span nutrition and wellness
  • Food safety
  • Food composition

A few community colleges offer associate degrees in food, nutrition, and wellness studies. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete.

Many colleges and universities also offer a bachelor's degree in this program. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study. Some schools offer a post-bachelor's certificate program that usually requires one year of full-time study after getting a bachelor's degree.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in food, nutrition, and wellness studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.