This concentration is a springboard for students interested in nutrition research, food product development, and many pre-health careers.

As a nutrition & health student, you will study the interaction between the physiological and biochemical aspects of metabolism, the nutrient composition of foods, and the role of social and economic factors as determinants of food selection. Nutrition & health embodies a holistic approach.

You can get involved in research with one or more of your core faculty members to mentor you in this scientifically rigorous concentration. You can also participate in an internship that will give you skills you can take directly into the workforce like the NCAA sports nutritionist programs partnered through Illini Fuel. Our graduates pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, and public health, as well as taking on careers in laboratory research, government policy, or academia. Find more information on University of Illinois Pre-Health.

Student and instructor measuring bodily functions.
Student using analytical equipment in laboratory.

What's Your Dream Job?


As a nutrition & health major, you have many options post graduation! Our curriculum offers a lot of flexibility for you to choose courses to supplement the required curriculum.

We are here to help you plan your academic experience preparing you to pursue professional health programs, graduate school, and careers in industry, including:

  • Medical school (MD or DO) 
  • Physician's Assistant school (PA)
  • Dental
  • Pharmacy
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctorate of Science (PhD)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Research and development of innovative food or beverage product

Get a Minor, Dual Degree, or Double Major in Nutrition

Do you want to incorporate the study of nutrition into your University of Illinois experience?  Consider one of the following:

Schedule an appointment with a FSHN advisor to learn more!

Explore Career Possibilities

Our graduates have a variety of exciting careers. Check out their profiles to see what opportunities await you.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor in Nutrition & Health