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University and SHRS COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements and Information

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0).
  • 60 credits are required to start the program. Students who will have completed a minimum of 54 credits may be eligible.
  • Prerequisites
    Grade of C- (C for transfer), 3 credits minimum unless otherwise noted   
    • Foundations of Biology 1, BIOSC 0150
    • Foundations of Biology 2, BIOSC 0160
    • Biology Lab, BIOSC 0057 or BIOSC 0058
    • General Chemistry 1 and Lab, CHEM 0110
    • General Chemistry 2 and Lab, CHEM 0120
    • Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM 0310, 3 credits+
    • Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM 0320, 3 credits+
    • Introduction to Human Nutrition, NUTR 1006 or HRS 1006
    • Seminar in Composition*, 1 course
    • Oral Communication, 1 course. COMMRC 0520 preferred; 0500, 0510, 0530 acceptable.
    • College Algebra, 1 course. MATH 0031 or higher math required. Exemption accepted.
    • Statistics, 1 course. STAT 0200 or STAT 1000 required.
    • Literature*, The Arts*, Creative Work* or Philosophical Thinking and Ethics*, 1 course
    • Social Sciences*, 1 course

+Students may take Principles of Organic Chemistry, CHEM 0350 in place of Organic Chemistry 1 and 2; however, students should first investigate organic chemistry requirements of graduate programs specific to their professional goals.

*See the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences General Education Course Catalog.  

Please note, the SHRS General Education Requirements for courses in Diversity and Global Awareness and Cultural Understanding will be met by taking NUTR 1612: Food and Culture within the program. 

Application requirements

  • Complete the application by the March 1 deadline. Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.
  • Submit a personal essay—a brief statement discussing why you are interested in nutrition science, your professional goals including how and when you became interested in nutrition science, as well as any work or volunteer experience you have that will demonstrate your awareness of the field. Also include other areas of interest, extra-curricular activities and leadership experiences.
  • Resumes are strongly recommended.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Practical Experience/Experiential Learning

The University of Pittsburgh requires that all affiliates on all campuses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and postdocs. This program also requires students to complete a practical experience often at facilities external to the university.  Many SHRS clinical partners require employees, trainees and students to be compliant with the federal vaccination requirement. This includes providing proof of vaccination or exemption to the clinical site. Failure to comply with this requirement for clinical partners may preclude the student from completing the practical experience requirements of this program.   Some of our clinical partners will not permit students to complete clinical rotations without proof of vaccination and will not accept exemptions.