Earn your Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate

The Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate is an online, video-based course focused on the science behind a plant-based diet. It arms students with the knowledge to improve overall health, learn new skills, or even inspire a career change! Over the 6-week course you'll learn from over 25+ leading experts on topics.

Investment $1260 (payment plans available)

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Developed by the co-author of The China Study

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Featuring over 25 plant-based experts

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Powered by world-renowned eCornell

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Learn the skills to make a career change

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Take action to improve your health

Fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes
  • 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!

  • 21,000+ students
  • 100% online, learn at your own pace
  • Instructor led format
  • No prerequisites
  • Continuing education credits
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6 Weeks

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6-8 hrs/week

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24/7 Access

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Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate holder

This program 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.

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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Fitness Trainers

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Nina Gheihman testimonial

Nina Gheihman
Ph.D. Harvard University

"Overall the entire experience has been a wonderful blessing in my life and the lives of others."

Dustin Davis testimonial

Dustin Davis
Middle School Teacher

"Since I started the course I lost a significant amount of weight. I can’t recommend it to enough people and I would take it over again in a heartbeat."

Teresa Gleason testimonial

Teresa Gleason
Fitness Instructor

"I feel like I have more confidence in talking about evidence-based nutrition... It's a fantastic program."

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Over 20,000 students worldwide have been putting the expert knowledge they gained from this certificate program to good use, improving their personal health, advancing their careers, and serving their communities. Here's how some of them are using their Certificate.

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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.

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.

Yes, you can purchase access to this Certificate as a gift. Please reach out to our Enrollment Specialist at enrollment@nutritionstudies.org for assistance.

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

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