The Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance provides an interdisciplinary, unique, comprehensive education producing graduates with expertise in both theory and application of skills essential to the assessment of nutritional status necessary to enter a variety of clinical nutrition and human performance fields.
The program is offered as an independent graduate degree in an on-campus or online setting, and in combination with the Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program in a dual-degree format. It is also offered with an emphasis in Sports Science and Rehabilitation.
The recipient of the Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance will possess those skills essential for dietary assessment and modulation as well as management of life-style modifications. This degree program will provide the knowledge necessary for the proper utilization of nutritional supplements, nutraceutical substances, herbs, and whole foods. Nutritional research will be applied to improving human performance.
Earning the Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance is accomplished through completion of a 38 credit-hour curriculum focused on theory, research, and the practical application of skills essential to the assessment of nutritional status. Emphasis is placed on the development of a practical knowledge base of anatomy, physiology, the chemistry of nutrition, and the application of nutrition to human systems and physical performance.
This degree program offers both the broadening of professional qualifications and the ability to maximize one’s professional goals.
Educational Goals and Objectives:
Goal 1. Students will learn Nutrition as it relates to daily living and human performance.
- To demonstrate the fundamental and applied knowledge and skills of Nutrition related to health and disease prevention.
- To demonstrate basic and applied knowledge in terms of natural therapy and nutritional supplementation.
- To interpret the basic and clinical relationship between nutrients and metabolism as well as cellular and body functions, and to explain the clinical role of nutrition and how it influences metabolism and cellular and tissue function.
- To critique food systems including the differences between industrial food production and alternative sustainable practices and related policies.
- To apply knowledge related to food safety, additives and preservatives, genetically modified foods and their potential impact on health and environment.
Goal 2. Students will recognize how Nutrition impacts performance throughout the human life cycle.
- To justify and defend the role of nutrition and changes in nutritional requirements that occur during the life cycle of humans and to recognize how and why nutrients needs change during each stage of the life cycle.
- To be able to construct a plan that involves clinical nutrition skills including assessing clinical conditions, proper diagnosis of the nutritional problem involved, identifying appropriate nutrition intervention or therapy to improve physiological performance, and describe monitoring strategies and possible physiological responses and evaluation criteria.
Goal 3. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and application of nutritional assessment of human performance.
- To be able to read and critically evaluate literature as consumers of professional knowledge, and to write acceptable scientific papers int he area of nutrition and health.
- To be able to differentiate between testimony based and evidence based knowledge claims in basic and clinical nutrition.
- To summarize between food, nutrients and metabolism as well as cellular and body functions in physical performance, and to utilize proper assessment tools to test nutrition and fitness status.
- To design and plan the assessment of nutritional status including evaluating dietary, anthropometric, and laboratory data, and to be able to provide nutritional recommendations/consultation for some disease conditions.