Nutrition, Fitness, and Health

The Nutrition, Fitness, and Health (NFH) major is unique to Purdue. Alongside a core of science-based nutrition courses, there is coursework on exercise physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. When NFH is paired with Dietetics (just a handful of additional courses), graduates are more competitive for jobs in sports nutrition, wellness and cardiac rehabilitation (specialty practice areas of dietetics like sports nutrition and cardiac rehab required the RD credential). An NFH degree is also great preparation for pre-professional careers (like medical school or physical therapy) and graduate school.

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Potential Job Titles

  • Corporate Wellness
  • Health/Fitness Management
  • COmmunity Fitness Centers
  • Health/Medical Equipment Sales
  • Personal Trainer

Experiential Learning

  • Get real-life experience and one-on-one observation/feedback from an RD in NUTR 451, Practicum in Nutrition Fitness & Health, where you advise a real person with real problems every week for 12 weeks.
  • Witness the life of a Sports RD when you get to be a part of Purdue Athletics' top tier collegiate Sports Nutrition program. Students in NUTR 245/345, Rookie/Continuing Experience in Sports Nutrition play a critical role at the Fueling Stations that feed our student-athletes, and they receive guidance from 5 Board Certified Sports RDs. Past graduates have gone on to Sports RD positions in professional, Olympic, and collegiate sports as well as the Special Forces.

Degree Requirements 

Academic Advising Worksheets

How do I change my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Nutrition, Fitness, and Health, please visit the HHS Change of Major to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Nutrition, Fitness, and Health from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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