FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition


A Pediatric Nutrition Certificate Program (online graduate/professional certificate program) is available from the Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. 


To advance the nutrition and health of children and families by promoting innovation and excellence in pediatric nutrition education, research and civic engagement locally, nationally, and globally.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit application according to your Enrollment Status.
  2. Student must have completed an undergraduate program with a strong science background. 
  3. Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition or related fields, ex: Public Health are encouraged to apply.  
  4. Resume
  5. Letter of Intent
  6. 1 Recommendation letter (for non-FIU students only)
  7. Students not currently pursuing a degree at FIU, must submit Official Transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  8. For FIU and non-FIU students: do not submit any payments to the Dietetics and Nutrition Dept directly.

Applications are accepted from December 1 through June 1 annually for the Fall acceptance. The program follows a rolling admissions process such that qualified applicants will be accepted until the class is filled. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at the earliest possible time.

Application Period:        December 1 – June 1

Program starting date:   August each year – Program will start effective Fall 2016


Currently enrolled graduate FIU Students

Please bring or attach your application and required supportive documents (DO NOT SUBMIT PAYMENT DIRECTLY TO US) to:

Julia D. C. González Pampín, M.S.
Graduate Student Services Administrator
Florida International University
Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Office of Student & Alumni Affairs
11200 SW 8th Street AHC5 139
Miami, FL  33199
Phone: 305-348-4902
Fax: 305-348-0289


(Please select application according to your enrollment status)


Cost of Attendance

Extra fee will apply, please contact Student Financials for more information.

Registration, Academic Calendar & General University Information

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Course Requirements

The Pediatric Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program is an online graduate/professional certificate program that consists of two (2) core courses plus at least three (3) additional specialty courses over an academic year (15 graduate credits, Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).

Pediatric Nutrition Core (6 credits):

HUN 6415 (3 credits) Pediatric Nutrition (Fall)

HUN 6416 (3 credits) Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (Spring)


Pediatric Nutrition Specialty Courses (9 credits):

DIE 6285(3 credits) Pregnancy and Lactation (Fall)

DIE 6286 (3 credits) Pediatric Obesity (Spring)

DIE 6287 (3 credits) Pediatric Dysfunctional Eating (Summer)

HUN 6417 (3 credits) Nutrition for the High Risk Infant and Newborn in ICU (Summer)                                    

Individual Pediatric Nutrition courses can be taken as credits towards the Master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. Once accepted into the Pediatric Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program, the credits will apply. 

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfy all University requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition.  There is no graduation application for Graduate Certificates.
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate level coursework in approved program – this does not include pre-requisites.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all coursework completed.
  4. Resolve incomplete or in progress grades prior to Graduate Certificate completion.  Resolve failing grades of required coursework prior to completion of certificate.
  5. MANDATORY: Meet with Academic Advisor to assure completion of Certificate – it is the student’s responsibility to inform and meet with Advisor regarding Certificate Completion before the end of the semester in which Certificate will be earned.

Contact Information

Deborah Abel, Ph.D., R.D.                                         
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, Graduate Certificate

Julia Gonzalez-Pampin, M.S.
Graduate Student Services Administrator
Office of Student & Alumni Affairs


Department of Dietetics & Nutrition

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 312
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-2879
Fax: 305-348-1996
Email: (B.S. program information) (M.S. program information) (Ph.D. program information)

Fatma G. Huffman, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor and Chair

Laurie Holmes
Office Manager
Phone: 305-348-2879

Julia Gonzalez-Pampin, M.S.
Graduate Student Services Administrator
Phone: 305-348-4902

Denise Medrano, M.S.
Academic Advisor 
Phone: 305-348-7776 

Ginelle Bou Nassar
Program Assistant
Phone: 305-348-2878

Joan A. Marn, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.
Clinical Instructor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Phone: 305-348-7303