Oklahoma City Natural Health Programs
In the Oklahoma City area, there are no natural health schools. However, there are institutions that offer programs that include areas of natural health, such as nutrition, dietetics and kinesiology. This article discusses the required coursework and internship opportunities available at three universities. A table covering various statistics on each school is also provided. For those looking for even more options, a bit of info is included on a fourth college in the area as well.
- The University of Central Oklahoma offers a bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics as well as a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. A master's-level nutrition and food management program is also available at the school, which is located around 16 miles from downtown Oklahoma City.
- Situated roughly three miles from the city center, Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City has a bachelor's degree in dietetics.
- The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, located about three miles from central Oklahoma City, offers a master's degree in the nutritional sciences, in addition to a dietetic internship certificate program and a master's degree in dietetics. A doctoral-level program in allied health sciences, which allows students to focus on nutrition, is available as well.
Comparison of Schools
This table has details on costs, student enrollment, acceptance rates and other facts that could impact your education decision.
|University of Central Oklahoma||Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City||University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public (primarily associate's)||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||15,979*||5,839*||3,139*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$7,100 (in-state); $17,447 (out-of-state) undergraduate*||$3,836 (in-state); $10,574 (out-of-state) undergraduate*||$7,081 (in-state); $21,740 (out-of-state) graduate*|
|% of Undergraduate Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2016-2017)||61%*||54%*||42%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||76%*||Open admissions*||N/A*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||64% (full-time students)*||N/A*||N/A*|
|Graduation Rate (students who started in fall 2011)||38%||*7%; 30% transfer -out rate*||N/A*|
Source: *NCES, College Navigator.
University of Central Oklahoma
The College of Education and Professional Studies' Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies offers programs in areas like kinesiology, physical education and public health, while the Department of Human Environmental Sciences houses programs in such areas as dietetics, family studies and fashion. Students can study dietetics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Commission on Dietetic Registration accredits both programs.
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management
Students take required courses in areas such as nutrition, food preparation, dietetics, clinical nutrition, food safety, community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food science, institutional food management and teaching methods. After completing this program, graduates can apply for admission to a dietetic internship. Following the internship, students may sit for the exam to become registered dietitians. Graduates also can seek careers in food science or food service management. Additionally, this program is designed to meet the requirements for entry into graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or optometry.
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Major in Exercise / Fitness Management
Students who select the exercise/fitness management major take courses in healthy life skills, fitness and sport nutrition, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, exercise physiology and facility management. They're also required to complete an internship and two practicums in health studies and kinesiology. Students in the kinesiology degree program can also elect a major in outdoor and community recreation.
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
The Department of Nutritional Sciences at the Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. A bachelor's degree program in dietetics might be a viable option for studying natural health.
Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics, BSHS
This program requires 121 credits of courses in topics like human nutrition, the science of food preparation and nutrition assessment and counseling skills. Additional areas of study include community nutrition, food and the human environment, nutrition across the life span and biochemistry.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
The College of Allied Health's Department of Nutritional Sciences offers this university's dietetics and nutrition programs. The department's programs are accredited by the American Dietetic Association's Commission on Dietetic Accreditation.
Master of Arts in Dietetics
This is a coordinated program that combines classroom work with the 1,200 hours of internships that are required for becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist. Applicants may either hold a bachelor's degree or 90 hours of prerequisite coursework; if they enroll with the 90 hours of coursework instead of a degree, they may also earn a bachelor's on the way to earning the master's. Applicants must also complete prerequisite courses in areas such as psychology, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and medical terminology. Once admitted, students can complete the program in 24 months by completing 64 hours of master's degree courses. In addition to earning a degree, graduates receive a verification statement attesting that they've completed the academic requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.
Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in dietetics or nutrition and complete prerequisite courses in human physiology, nutrition, biochemistry and organic chemistry. This program includes both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Some of the courses students take include dietetics research methods, geriatric nutrition, nutrition support, clinical presentations, nutrition epidemiology, obesity, pediatric nutrition and energy nutrients.
Certificate in Dietetic Internship
This certificate program admits students who have completed an accredited didactic program in dietetics but not yet completed the required internship hours. Students go through a 1,208-hour supervised practice experience that includes rotations in management/food service nutrition, community nutrition, clinical nutrition and nutrition/community.
Doctor of Philosophy in Allied Health Sciences with Specialization in Nutritional Sciences
Students may specialize in the nutritional sciences and concentrate on cancer, diabetes or obesity. Admission requirements state that each applicant must submit GRE scores and a goal statement, select a faculty supervisor and complete 34 hours of graduate-level coursework. Candidates take core courses in grant writing, research methods, directed readings and special studies. They also attend a seminar and participate in an allied health sciences practicum. The program also requires Ph.D. candidates to conduct research and write and defend a dissertation.
Other School Option
Students interested in a natural health education also could consider the Bachelor of Science in Human Performance, available at Oklahoma City University. The school is located right in the city and additionally offers bachelor's and master's programs in exercise science.