Earn Your Plant-Based
Nutrition Certificate

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In a few short weeks arm yourself with the knowledge you need to improve your overall health, learn new skills, or even inspire a career change. In our online, video-based courses, you'll learn from over 25+ leading experts on topics that include:

  • The science behind a plant-based diet
  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s 8 Principles of Food and Health
  • The role nutrition plays in chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune disorders
  • The importance of nutrition at each stage of life, beginning with pregnancy through adulthood
  • Strategies to support sustainable positive lifestyle change and inspire others
  • The psychological reasons we are drawn to unhealthy foods
  • How government and industry can affect dietary choices and the environment
  • Common topics of concern to athletes and fitness enthusiasts, such as protein consumption
  • And much more!


The Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate is powered by renowned online education provider, eCornell. Cornell University’s online learning platform provides online professional and executive development to students around the world. They offer more than 100 award-winning professional certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines.

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These courses are designed for individuals seeking to improve their own personal health, as well as chefs, teachers, fitness trainers, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals and more, who want to enhance their nutrition skills and education.

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While the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate includes the groundbreaking research of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, this program includes lectures from 25+ leading experts with information not included in the book.

In addition, it provides:

  • Opportunities to network and learn from your peers
  • Interactive activities and discussions guided by an experienced, expert learning team
  • Downloadable fact sheets and other helpful tools
  • A certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Our Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate is powered by Cornell University's online learning platform.

  • It consists of three courses:
    • CNS601 Nutrition and Society
    • CNS602 Nutrition and Chronic Disease
    • CNS603 Plant-Based in Practice
  • Self-paced schedule. Students typically spend 6-8 hours per week for each course.
  • There are no reading materials to be purchased and no prerequisites.
  • Engagement with course instructors through online, written discussions

Each course lasts for 2 weeks. A total of 6 weeks is required to complete the certificate program’s 3 courses. Each course must be completed by the end of its two-week period.

Our Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate is not a license, registration, or certification. Certification requires passing an exam and awards a credential upon successful completion of an exam. Certification also requires recertification to stay current in a specific area.

However, this certificate program does reflect your rigorous study of the evidence supporting a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. In addition, it does offer 30 hours of continuing education credits that can be applied toward the maintenance of several professional licenses and certifications.

Many find value in adding our certificate to their resume. Our certificate is a trusted credential, taught by renowned experts.

Yes! Our program attracts a very diverse range of students. Some enroll because they or their family members are struggling with health problems. Others are medical and health professionals who want to enhance their skills and education. Many are simply interested in learning about what constitutes a healthy diet.

Yes, our program is approved for continuing education credits for a variety of health professions. Detailed information is provided on the Center for Nutrition Studies website here.

As our program is a professional development certificate program, there are no prerequisites or formal admission processes required for enrollment.

Yes, our program is available internationally. Please note, all courses are taught in English only.

Yes, payment options are available through PayPal which allows you to pay over a period of 6 months with 0% interest. Please contact eCornell for more information.

Yes, we have info sessions with our Enrollment Specialist every Monday and Thursday—11:30 AM-12 PM ET. You can register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_K8RTi4OqSsa71Q3NK90uFQ.

Additionally, we have info sessions with eCornell enrollment counselors monthly. Sign up for free: https://ecornell.cornell.edu/info-sessions-pbn/.

To enroll online:

  1. Click the red "Enroll Now" button located on the top or top right of the eCornell certificate description page.
  2. Optionally, select your course start date. If you prefer, you can also select start dates at a future time and skip this step. *Please ignore any error messages about prerequisites.
  3. Proceed to checkout.
  4. Submit new or returning student account information.
  5. Finalize payment information to complete enrollment.

To speak to an enrollment specialist about the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate call/text 607-319-3209 or email us at enrollment@nutritionstudies.org

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

Cornell University

Thomas M. Campbell II, MD

Thomas M. Campbell II, MD

University of Rochester

Michele Simon, JD, MPH

Michele Simon, JD, MPH

Michele Simon Strategy Consulting

Eric L. Adams

Eric L. Adams

New York City Mayor

Brooke Goldner, MD

Brooke Goldner, MD

Goodbye Lupus

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr, MD

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr, MD

Cleveland Clinic

Ayesha Z. Sherzai, MD, MAS

Ayesha Z. Sherzai, MD, MAS

Loma Linda University Health

Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, MPH, MAS

Dean Sherzai, MD, PhD, MPH, MAS

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Dean Ornish, MD

Dean Ornish, MD

Preventive Medicine Research Institute

Jackie Busse, MD

Jackie Busse, MD

Sutter Health

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM

Michael Greger, MD, FACLM

NutritionFacts.org

Michelle Loy, MD, FAAP

Michelle Loy, MD, FAAP

Weill Cornell Medicine

Neal Barnard, MD

Neal Barnard, MD

PCRM

Doug Lisle, PhD

Doug Lisle, PhD

TrueNorth Health Center

Robert Cheeke

Robert Cheeke

Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness

Jill Edwards, MS, CEP

Jill Edwards, MS, CEP

Center for Nutrition Studies

Evelisse Capó, PharmD, DipACLM

Evelisse Capó, PharmD, DipACLM

Center for Nutrition Studies

Samara Sterling, PhD

Samara Sterling, PhD

Research Director

Bruce Monger, PhD

Bruce Monger, PhD

Cornell University

Padma Garvey, MD

Padma Garvey, MD

Caremount Medical

Allison Wilson, PhD

Allison Wilson, PhD

Bioscience Resource Project

Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, RD

Brie Turner-McGrievy, PhD, RD

University of South Carolina

Lilian Aguilar

Lilian Aguilar

Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Coach

James Marin, RD, EN

James Marin, RD, EN

Married to Health

Dahlia Marin, RDN, LN

Dahlia Marin, RDN, LN

Married to Health

Amber Orman, MD

Amber Orman, MD

AdventHealth

Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC

Nicole Harkin, MD, FACC

Whole Heart Cardiology

Matthew Lederman, MD

Matthew Lederman, MD

Kinectin

Howard Lyman

Howard Lyman

Mad Cowboy

To speak to an enrollment specialist about the Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate call/text 607-319-3209 or email us at enrollment@nutritionstudies.org