Health and Nutrition Sciences, B.A.

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Program Overview

If you believe that nothing is more important than good health, a health and nutrition degree is right for you. This degree will help you promote good health in all contexts: locally, globally, geographically, culturally, socially, and emotionally. You can choose from a plethora of courses in every conceivable aspect of health and nutrition, from birth to old age, across three tracks—general B.A. in health, community health education, and thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement). You’ll learn about health systems, health and nutrition policy and program development, the social and natural components of health and disease, and health promotion.

Health and Nutrition Sciences, B.A.

Where You'll Go

There are many career paths in health and nutrition sciences. Brooklyn College alumni with a degree in health and nutrition are prepared for a broad variety of careers in health, including in education, advocacy, research, and health care. They find work as administrators, health educators, social and community services workers, managers, or researchers within the public or corporate health care sector. Health and nutrition sciences majors also often pursue advanced degrees in community health education, health care administration, health care management, and many other fields.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (43–44 Credits)

Health and Nutrition Sciences 1100.

All of the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 1200 or 2210, 2109W, 2120, 2130, 2140, 3300 or Psychology 3400, and one fieldwork course chosen from Health and Nutrition Sciences 4180 or 4181.

In addition, all students must complete the requirements of the general B.A., the track in community health education, or the track in thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement).

The department chair or designee may allow substitutions for one or more course requirements, consistent with the educational goals of the program.

A minimum of 12 credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 2100, 2111, 2131, 2150, 2170, 2171, 2180, 2181, 2182, 2215, 2220, 2221, 2300, 2301, 3110, 3112, 3161, 3170, 3171, 3230, 3314, 3330.

A minimum of six credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 2183, 2212, 3111, 3132, 3150, 3160, 3162, 3180, 3181, 3184, 3186, 3187, 3188, 3505, 4150, 4151, 4152, 4153, 4300, and courses numbered in the 5000s.

Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Mastered relevant knowledge. This knowledge includes the biological, social, and environmental aspects of health and nutrition

  • Identify important health status indicators (e.g., major patterns and causes of mortality and morbidity) for individuals and populations locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Describe the multiple biological, environmental, social, and behavioral determinants of health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the organization and delivery of personal and public health services.
  • Understand health programs and policies.

Goal 2: Acquired the ability to perform pertinent tasks. These tasks include the analytic and communication skills and techniques needed to function successfully as health and nutrition professionals.

  • Identify and evaluate sources of health-related information and health research.
  • Apply knowledge of health status determinants to real-world problems.
  • Communicate about health issues orally and in writing, including the writing of research papers based on evidence.
  • Conduct basic statistical and epidemiological analyses.

Goal 3: Incorporated appropriate values. These values include a commitment to science and fostering equity in the work of health and nutrition professionals.

  • Value scientific methods and evidence-based knowledge.
  • Respect cultural diversity.
  • Show commitment to social justice, ethics, and human rights.
  • Value standards of professional behavior.


Tracy Wong, Associate Professor

4135 Ingersoll Hall
P: 718.951.5000, ext. 6287

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Community Health Education

All of the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 2183, 3112, 4150, 4152.

A minimum of six additional credits chosen from HNSC courses 2000-level or higher.


All of the following thanatology-related courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 3314, 3180, 3186, 3187.

A minimum of six credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 3181, 3188, 3171, 5390; Art 3151; Classics 3244 / Religion Studies 3035 / History 3025; Psychology 3260; Sociology 2402.

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the health and nutrition sciences B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • City Harvest
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Research Foundation
  • Edible Schoolyard NYC
  • Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • New York Methodist Hospital
  • New York Presbyterian
  • Northwell Health
  • NYC Health + Hospitals
  • NYU Langone Health
  • Red Rabbit
  • School Food
  • Spoons Across America

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