2022-2023 Catalog 
    
    Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog

Human Physiology and Nutrition, Graduate Programs


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Human Physiology and Nutrition offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (MSc) with options in either Applied Physiology or Sports Nutrition. In addition, the Department offers a Master of Sciences (MSc) degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduate students pursue coursework in these areas of study and related disciplines (biology, chemistry), providing the students with a diverse integrated curriculum of study.

MSc Applied Physiology

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Physiology is primarily designed for students who desire to enter the workforce as physiologists in either research or applied settings. The degree is also suited for those intending to pursue further education at the doctoral level (MD, DPT, PhD, etc.) . Students apply to work with a specific faculty mentor. The curriculum allows faculty mentors to tailor the student’s program of study to meet individual goals and research agendas. The program of study may include courses in other departments to enhance specialized knowledge, research practicum experiences off campus to broaden skill sets, and independent studies to develop self-sufficiency.

Core Requirements (5 credits total)

Research Requirements (0-6 credits total)

Thesis Track

Comprehensive Exam Track 

Completion of Comprehensive Examination (0 credits, requires 6 additional elective credits)

Suggested Electives (19-25 credits total)

Total Program Credits: 30

MSc Nutrition and Dietetics

The Master of Science (MSc) in Nutrition and Dietetics is intended for students interested in becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). The program is based on the competency standards outlined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics’ (ACEND) Future Education Model (FEM). The program will provide didactic instruction alongside supervised experiential learning rotations. Students will complete learning objectives under the broad workforce related themes of food systems, community nutrition, and clinical nutrition. Our program offers a unique focus on environmental sustainability with a foundation built on clinical excellence.

Core Requirements (44 credits total)

Research Requirements (6 credits total)

Project Track

  • HPNU 6900 - Nutrition Graduate Seminar (6 Credits)

Thesis Track

  • HPNU 6900 - Nutrition Graduate Seminar (6 Credits)

No Comprehensive Exam Track Offered

Suggested Electives (3 credits total)

MSc Sports Nutrition

The Master of Sciences (MSc) degree in Sport Nutrition is designed to prepare registered dietitians (RDs or RD eligible) and/or internationally recognized nutritionists to become sport dietitians with an emphasis in sustainability. Non-RD students who have completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), exercise physiology and biochemistry course are also eligible to apply to this program. Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in providing nutrition services to high school, collegiate, recreational, elite, and professional athletes and active individuals of all sports and genders. This degree prepares students for the Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) Examination offered to RDs through the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The degree offers students three capstone options: thesis, project, and comprehensive exam.

Research Requirements (0-6 credits total)

Thesis Track

Project Track

Comprehensive Exam Track

Completion of Comprehensive Examination and 6 credits of graduate electives. (0 credits, requires 14 additional elective credits)

Sports Nutrition Requirements (21 credits total)

Sports Nutrition Electives (8-14 credits)

Total Program Credits: 35

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