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Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Program

Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program are expected to have a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0-point scale. Applicants must also have a bachelor’s degree. The Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program is life-science based. Courses completed in the following areas are recommended: Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and other Wellness courses.

  • Completion of Graduate application
  • Letter of Interest
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • All students must also carry health (including hospitalization) insurance throughout the entire program.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, degree candidate must have:

  1. Complete sufficient credits to meet the total required graduate semester hours within six years of enrollment. Students may petition for a single one-year extension.
  2. Complete at least 33 total graduate semester hours at Graceland University within one of the two degree concentrations: 1) Sport Nutrition and Performance or 2) Health and Wellness Promotion.
  3. Earned a final course grade of B or better in every course.
  4. Satisfactorily complete the required internship or master’s thesis.
  5. Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University.
  6. Filed an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated graduation date.

Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Degree

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    Core Curriculum (18 hours)

    All students in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance are required to complete all core curriculum courses in the appropriate sequence. Once the core curriculum and emphasis specific coursework as indicated below under the specific emphases is completed students are eligible to enroll and complete the capstone thesis or internship course.

    Sport Nutrition and Performance Concentration (15 hours)

    Students that have selected the Sport Nutrition and Performance Concentration must complete all required coursework in sequence unless written approval is attained from the course instructor and graduate program director

    Health and Wellness Promotion Concentration (15 hours)

    Students that have selected the Health and Wellness Promotion Concentration must complete all required coursework in sequence unless written approval is attained from the course instructor and graduate program director.

    Courses Offered
    • NHPW5120Exercise Physiology
      NHPW5120 Exercise Physiology - 3 s.h.

      Designed to explore physiological responses and adaptations to training and performance of endurance, strength, and power modes of exercise. Emphasis is on the metabolic, neurological, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. This course is designed to apply physical activity and exercise training principles to sedentary, active, and athletic populations. Offered Fall semester.

    • NHPW5130Evidence-Based Practice
      NHPW5130 Evidence-Based Practice - 3 s.h.

      Preparing healthcare professionals to critically analyze and apply clinical research and to understand evidence-based practice in their careers. The focus is on the appraisal of evidence, answering clinically relevant questions, and application of a literature appraisal concepts in nutrition, wellness, or human performance. Offered Spring semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5110 Research Methods.

    • NHPW5140Fundamentals of Nutritional Science
      NHPW5140 Fundamentals of Nutritional Science - 3 s.h.

      Examining a detailed study of human physiology and biochemistry of vitamins and minerals, their relationship with proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, and how nutrition influences metabolism, and cellular function through the lifecycle. Micronutrients and macronutrients will be discussed in relation to ingestion, digestion, absorption, transportation, and metabolism. The clinical signs and symptoms of nutrition-related disorders and treatments such as adequate diets and Recommended Daily Allowances will be discussed. Offered Spring semester.

    • NHPW5150Nutrition and Human Physical Performance
      NHPW5150 Nutrition and Human Physical Performance - 3 s.h.

      The examination of nutrient timing and metabolism during exercise to ensure optimal physical performance. It will examine some of the many factors that influence human physical performance including, but not limited to nutrient timing and regulation of macronutrients and micronutrients, essential and nonessential nutrients, human growth factors including hormones, recommended intakes for athletes and the use of supplementation and other ergogenic aids in training. Offered Spring semester.

    • NHPW5200Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems I
      NHPW5200 Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems I - 3 s.h.

      Exploration of the function of vitamins and minerals and their role in the human body with an emphasis on disease treatment and prevention. A detailed study of the physiological and pathological relationship will be examined in the presence of acute or chronic disease. Additionally, this course will focus on the evidence-based evaluation of medical nutritional therapy and complementary and alternative nutritional therapies in the treatment of acute and chronic disease. Offered Summer semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5140 Fundamentals of Nutritional Science.

    • NHPW5210Nutritional Assessment of Athletes
      NHPW5210 Nutritional Assessment of Athletes - 3 s.h.

      Utilizing the principles learned in Nutrition and Human Physical Performance and will apply these foundations for the modern athlete. This course will provide hands-on experience in supporting the composition of the human body for various sports and positions via optimizing physical performance. This course will focus on current literature and class presentations for the completion of personalized nutrition plans and recommendations based on case studies presented in this course. Offered Summer semester. Prerequisites: NHPW5150 Nutrition and Human Physical Performance.

    • NHPW5230Human and Sports Performance Programming
      NHPW5230 Human and Sports Performance Programming - 3 s.h.

      Exploring concepts of programming and periodization for athletic and recreational populations. Course emphases include practical application for the development of performance programs covering speed, strength, endurance, and power adaptations. Offered Summer semester.

    • NHPW5240Introduction to Epidemiology
      NHPW5240 Introduction to Epidemiology - 3 s.h.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the background, basic principles, and methods of health epidemiology, with an emphasis on critical thinking, analytic skills, and application to clinical practice. Topics covered in this course include basic principles of epidemiology; measures of disease frequency; epidemiologic study designs: experimental and observational; bias; confounding; outbreak investigations; screening; causality; and ethical issues in epidemiologic research. In addition, students will develop skills to read, interpret and evaluate health information from published epidemiologic studies. Offered Summer semester.

    • NHPW5250Health Promotion
      NHPW5250 Health Promotion - 3 s.h.

      This course is designed to introduce students to health promotion and the development of a health promotion plan that could be incorporated at an individual, group, or community level. This will be accomplished through implementing basic community health concepts of epidemiology, levels of prevention, and risk assessment within the context of health promotion activities. Topics to be covered include community organization, coalition building, curriculum development, communication theory and technology, social marketing, mass media, and ecological models. Offered Summer semester.

    • NHPW6100Life-cycle Development
      NHPW6100 Life-cycle Development - 3 s.h.

      This course is a study of the development of the individual from conception through adulthood. The focus is on biological, social, emotional, and intellectual aspects across the lifespan, and individual application is emphasized, along with the theories and factual content underlying current thinking and research, as well as the processes and influences affecting the developing person. Topics include theories of development, genetics and development, birth and the neonate, cognitive and brain development, early experience, motor development, social and moral development, aging and death. Offered Spring semester.

    • NHPW6110Assessment and Prescription
      NHPW6110 Assessment and Prescription - 3 s.h.

      This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to properly conduct various aspects of assessment relating to nutrition and human performance. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the physiological and pathophysiological responses of the body to clinical assessment. The course then instructs the student how to apply these assessments in the development of programs and prescriptions for both a general community population and a clinical population. Offered Summer semester.

    • NHPW6200Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems II
      NHPW6200 Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems II - 3 s.h.

      The nutritional assessment and nutritional needs for the prevention and intervention of major human diseases with a focus on proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Alterations in these macronutrients have been linked to pathophysiological changes related to conditions such as osteoporosis, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type II, metabolic syndrome and even some cancers. This course will focus on the evidence-based evaluation of medical nutritional therapy and complementary and alternative nutritional therapies in the treatment of these conditions. Offered Fall semester. Prerequisites: NHPW5200 Micronutrients: Clinical Nutrition I.

    • NHPW6230Recovery and Regeneration through Nutrition
      NHPW6230 Recovery and Regeneration through Nutrition - 3 s.h.

      Examination of the physiological responses to various methods of recovery and regeneration techniques. An in-depth analysis of recovery literature will guide the development of recovery and regeneration program for the human body. Analyses of fatigue mechanisms, microtraumas, and modalities related to recovery will be completed. Offered Fall semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5230 Human and Sports Performance Programming.

    • NHPW6240Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellness
      NHPW6240 Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellness - 3 s.h.

      This course introduces core topics and current biological, environmental, social, and cultural factors which impact the health of populations across the globe. It introduces key global health concepts and underscores the critical links between health, disease, and socio-economic development. The course also examines challenges associated with global health issues and the global efforts and strategies underway to prevent and control them. Offered Fall semester.

    • NHPW6700Internship
      NHPW6700 Internship - 3 s.h.

      The internship will provide students with a practical, hands-on learning experience to better understand human nutrition and human performance. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas under the supervision of an approved provider or professional. Students will work with the Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program to ensure that the supervisor holds the appropriate credentials. The Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program, in some circumstances and occasions, may be able to help students in the placement of internship opportunities. Prerequisites: All required didactic coursework.

    • NHPW6800Thesis
      NHPW6800 Thesis - 3 s.h.

      This course involves the completion of a research project under the direct supervision of the Thesis Research Committee at Graceland University. Members of this committee will be comprised of the Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program along with two (2) additional faculty members within the Division of Health and Movement Science. Selection of these faculty members will be based on the area of expertise needed for the student’s research topic. Prerequisites: All required didactic coursework.

    NHPW5120Exercise Physiology NHPW5130Evidence-Based Practice NHPW5140Fundamentals of Nutritional Science NHPW5150Nutrition and Human Physical Performance NHPW5200Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems I NHPW5210Nutritional Assessment of Athletes NHPW5230Human and Sports Performance Programming NHPW5240Introduction to Epidemiology NHPW5250Health Promotion NHPW6100Life-cycle Development NHPW6110Assessment and Prescription NHPW6200Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems II NHPW6230Recovery and Regeneration through Nutrition NHPW6240Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellness NHPW6700Internship NHPW6800Thesis
    Course Descriptions
    NHPW5120 Exercise Physiology - 3 s.h.

    Designed to explore physiological responses and adaptations to training and performance of endurance, strength, and power modes of exercise. Emphasis is on the metabolic, neurological, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. This course is designed to apply physical activity and exercise training principles to sedentary, active, and athletic populations. Offered Fall semester.

    NHPW5130 Evidence-Based Practice - 3 s.h.

    Preparing healthcare professionals to critically analyze and apply clinical research and to understand evidence-based practice in their careers. The focus is on the appraisal of evidence, answering clinically relevant questions, and application of a literature appraisal concepts in nutrition, wellness, or human performance. Offered Spring semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5110 Research Methods.

    NHPW5140 Fundamentals of Nutritional Science - 3 s.h.

    Examining a detailed study of human physiology and biochemistry of vitamins and minerals, their relationship with proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, and how nutrition influences metabolism, and cellular function through the lifecycle. Micronutrients and macronutrients will be discussed in relation to ingestion, digestion, absorption, transportation, and metabolism. The clinical signs and symptoms of nutrition-related disorders and treatments such as adequate diets and Recommended Daily Allowances will be discussed. Offered Spring semester.

    NHPW5150 Nutrition and Human Physical Performance - 3 s.h.

    The examination of nutrient timing and metabolism during exercise to ensure optimal physical performance. It will examine some of the many factors that influence human physical performance including, but not limited to nutrient timing and regulation of macronutrients and micronutrients, essential and nonessential nutrients, human growth factors including hormones, recommended intakes for athletes and the use of supplementation and other ergogenic aids in training. Offered Spring semester.

    NHPW5200 Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems I - 3 s.h.

    Exploration of the function of vitamins and minerals and their role in the human body with an emphasis on disease treatment and prevention. A detailed study of the physiological and pathological relationship will be examined in the presence of acute or chronic disease. Additionally, this course will focus on the evidence-based evaluation of medical nutritional therapy and complementary and alternative nutritional therapies in the treatment of acute and chronic disease. Offered Summer semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5140 Fundamentals of Nutritional Science.

    NHPW5210 Nutritional Assessment of Athletes - 3 s.h.

    Utilizing the principles learned in Nutrition and Human Physical Performance and will apply these foundations for the modern athlete. This course will provide hands-on experience in supporting the composition of the human body for various sports and positions via optimizing physical performance. This course will focus on current literature and class presentations for the completion of personalized nutrition plans and recommendations based on case studies presented in this course. Offered Summer semester. Prerequisites: NHPW5150 Nutrition and Human Physical Performance.

    NHPW5230 Human and Sports Performance Programming - 3 s.h.

    Exploring concepts of programming and periodization for athletic and recreational populations. Course emphases include practical application for the development of performance programs covering speed, strength, endurance, and power adaptations. Offered Summer semester.

    NHPW5240 Introduction to Epidemiology - 3 s.h.

    This course is designed to introduce students to the background, basic principles, and methods of health epidemiology, with an emphasis on critical thinking, analytic skills, and application to clinical practice. Topics covered in this course include basic principles of epidemiology; measures of disease frequency; epidemiologic study designs: experimental and observational; bias; confounding; outbreak investigations; screening; causality; and ethical issues in epidemiologic research. In addition, students will develop skills to read, interpret and evaluate health information from published epidemiologic studies. Offered Summer semester.

    NHPW5250 Health Promotion - 3 s.h.

    This course is designed to introduce students to health promotion and the development of a health promotion plan that could be incorporated at an individual, group, or community level. This will be accomplished through implementing basic community health concepts of epidemiology, levels of prevention, and risk assessment within the context of health promotion activities. Topics to be covered include community organization, coalition building, curriculum development, communication theory and technology, social marketing, mass media, and ecological models. Offered Summer semester.

    NHPW6100 Life-cycle Development - 3 s.h.

    This course is a study of the development of the individual from conception through adulthood. The focus is on biological, social, emotional, and intellectual aspects across the lifespan, and individual application is emphasized, along with the theories and factual content underlying current thinking and research, as well as the processes and influences affecting the developing person. Topics include theories of development, genetics and development, birth and the neonate, cognitive and brain development, early experience, motor development, social and moral development, aging and death. Offered Spring semester.

    NHPW6110 Assessment and Prescription - 3 s.h.

    This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to properly conduct various aspects of assessment relating to nutrition and human performance. The course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the physiological and pathophysiological responses of the body to clinical assessment. The course then instructs the student how to apply these assessments in the development of programs and prescriptions for both a general community population and a clinical population. Offered Summer semester.

    NHPW6200 Clinical Nutrition of Human Systems II - 3 s.h.

    The nutritional assessment and nutritional needs for the prevention and intervention of major human diseases with a focus on proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. Alterations in these macronutrients have been linked to pathophysiological changes related to conditions such as osteoporosis, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus type II, metabolic syndrome and even some cancers. This course will focus on the evidence-based evaluation of medical nutritional therapy and complementary and alternative nutritional therapies in the treatment of these conditions. Offered Fall semester. Prerequisites: NHPW5200 Micronutrients: Clinical Nutrition I.

    NHPW6230 Recovery and Regeneration through Nutrition - 3 s.h.

    Examination of the physiological responses to various methods of recovery and regeneration techniques. An in-depth analysis of recovery literature will guide the development of recovery and regeneration program for the human body. Analyses of fatigue mechanisms, microtraumas, and modalities related to recovery will be completed. Offered Fall semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5230 Human and Sports Performance Programming.

    NHPW6240 Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellness - 3 s.h.

    This course introduces core topics and current biological, environmental, social, and cultural factors which impact the health of populations across the globe. It introduces key global health concepts and underscores the critical links between health, disease, and socio-economic development. The course also examines challenges associated with global health issues and the global efforts and strategies underway to prevent and control them. Offered Fall semester.

    NHPW6700 Internship - 3 s.h.

    The internship will provide students with a practical, hands-on learning experience to better understand human nutrition and human performance. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas under the supervision of an approved provider or professional. Students will work with the Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program to ensure that the supervisor holds the appropriate credentials. The Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program, in some circumstances and occasions, may be able to help students in the placement of internship opportunities. Prerequisites: All required didactic coursework.

    NHPW6800 Thesis - 3 s.h.

    This course involves the completion of a research project under the direct supervision of the Thesis Research Committee at Graceland University. Members of this committee will be comprised of the Director of the Nutrition and Human Performance program along with two (2) additional faculty members within the Division of Health and Movement Science. Selection of these faculty members will be based on the area of expertise needed for the student’s research topic. Prerequisites: All required didactic coursework.