Online Master of Science
in Nutrition and Human Performance
Coming Fall 2021.

Graceland has a history of educating students in health-related fields for over 100 years.

Graceland University’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance is an affordable and customizable program that provides students with a great opportunity to develop the necessary skills to advance their careers in the health care industry, as well as many others. Our comprehensive curriculum features robust coursework focusing on the evidence-based foundations of nutrition and human performance, followed by specialized tracks in nutrition, human performance and wellness that allow students to follow their passion and collaborate with like-minded professionals.

“This program affords students the opportunity to engage in applied online learning, utilizing the most recent evidence to make informed practical and clinical decisions. This online model will blend students from various fields within health science to develop a robust learning and networking environment. The foundation of evidence-based practice within the program will prepare all students to succeed as lifelong learners, including how to critically evaluate new literature for practical use.”
– Bryan Gatzke, MS, CSCS, CES, PES, Assistant Professor

Why Graceland?

  • Graceland’s program provides students a foundation of knowledge based on current literature in an online-learning environment.
  • Our curriculum challenges students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Students will experience interactions with a variety of students and faculty from multiple disciplines through a cohort-based model with a limited residency at Graceland’s Kansas City-area campus.

Potential Careers

Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Degree

Core Curriculum
All students in the Masters 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.
NHPW5100 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
NHPW5110 Research Methods 3 s.h.
NHPW5120 Exercise Physiology 3 s.h.
NHPW5130 Evidence-Based Practice 3 s.h.
NHPW5140 Fundamentals of Nutritional Science 3 s.h.
NHPW5150 Nutrition & Human Physical Performance 3 s.h.
NHPW6100 Life-cycle development 3 s.h.
NHPW6110 Assessment and Prescription 3 s.h.
NHPW6700 Internship or NHPW6800 Thesis 6 s.h.

Nutrition Emphasis
Students that have selected the nutrition emphasis must complete all required coursework in sequence unless written approval is attained from the course instructor and graduate program director
NHPW5200 Micronutrients: Clinical Nutrition I 3 s.h.
NHPW6200 Macronutrients: Clinical Nutrition II 3 s.h.
NHPW5210 Sports Nutrition and the Athlete 3 s.h.
NHPW6210 Emerging Topics in Nutrition 3 s.h.

Human Performance Emphasis
Students that have selected the human performance emphasis must complete all required coursework in sequence unless written approval is attained from the course instructor and graduate program director.
NHPW5220 Applications of Biomechanics 3 s.h.
NHPW5230 Human and Sports Performance Programming 3 s.h.
NHPW6220 Tactical Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.
NHPW6230 Recovery and Regeneration 3 s.h.

Wellness Emphasis
Students that have selected the wellness emphasis must complete all required coursework in sequence unless written approval is attained from the course instructor and graduate program director.
NHPW5240 Epidemiology 3 s.h.
NHPW5250 Health Promotion 3 s.h.
NHPW6240 Contemporary Issues in Global Health 3 s.h.
NHPW6250 Trends and Issues in Leadership 3 s.h.

 

Courses in Nutrition, Human Performance and Wellness

NHPW5100 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
An introductory course in evaluating information in a biological setting with the purpose of preparing students to interpret and evaluate the results of research. Students will be prepared to interpret and understand results using the most common statistical tests. Offered Fall semester.

NHPW5110 Research Methods 3 s.h.
Introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods including ethical concerns in research. The students will be introduced to research question formation, various methodological approaches, measurement tool analysis, validity and reliability concerns. Offered Fall semester.

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 Micronutrients: Clinical Nutrition 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 Sports Nutrition and the Athlete 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.

NHPW5220 Applications of Biomechanics 3 s.h.
Provide a functionally applied understanding of the human body in motion. Kinetic and kinematic analysis of human and athletic movements will be explored. Biomechanical application of laws and principles will be used to ensure appropriate loading and programming for human and sports performance. Offered Summer semester.

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 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 Macronutrients: Clinical Nutrition 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.

NHPW6210 Emerging Topics in Nutrition 3 s.h.
Evaluate emerging topics within the field of nutrition. This course will cover topics such as the GI microbiome and the effects on human behavior and overall health and will also examine the role of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics in the regulation of gene expressions on nutrient and disease. Offered Fall semester.

NHPW6220 Tactical Strength and Conditioning 3 s.h.
Introduction to methods and strategies for improving performance in tactical populations. Topics include physiological demands, injury prevention and biomechanical needs specific to tactical athletes. Tactical performance literature will provide a basis for developing evidence-based programming and application of real-world techniques for improvements in physical performance and injury reduction strategies. Offered Fall semester. Prerequisite: NHPW5230 Human and Sports Performance Programming.

NHPW6230 Recovery and Regeneration 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 Global Health 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.

NHPW6250 Trends and Issues in Leadership 3 s.h.
This course presents a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on how skills and abilities in leadership can be developed and applied. This course is designed to increase students’ awareness of organizational processes and practices including leadership, management, motivation, interpersonal communications, organizational culture, diversity, strategic leadership, and crisis leadership. The course also highlights unique ethical, technological, regulatory, and practical considerations for leadership within healthcare organizations. Offered Fall semester.

NHPW6700 Internship 6 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 6 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.

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2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

Masters of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance

Program Cost
Tuition (online courses start in academic year) $460.00 per semester hour
Program Support Fee (online courses) $18.00 per course
Focus Session Fee $90.00 per day

For more information regarding additional fees, please see General Fees.

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 3.0 or higher on a 4.0-point scale and successful completion of prerequisite coursework. Applicants must also have a bachelor’s degree in a life science (e.g., biology, nutrition, dietetics, nursing, health, exercise science, wellness, or a related degree) or physical science (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry). The Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program is life-science based. Academically strong students who have earned other bachelor degrees, but have already completed all the prerequisite courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Nutrition and science course prerequisites, in which a grade of "C" or better must be earned, for the program, include:
     Principles of Biology course (3 or 4 s.h.)
     Human Anatomy (4 s.h.)
     Human Physiology course (4 s.h.) or combined Anatomy and Physiology course (8 s.h. total prerequisites)

  • All students must also carry health (including hospitalization) insurance throughout the entire program.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of Graduate application

 

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 42 total graduate semester hours at Graceland University within one of the three degree emphases: 1) Nutrition, 2) Performance, or 3) Wellness.
    • Students seeking more than one emphasis must complete all required core curriculum courses totaling 30 semester hours including one internship or thesis and the additional 12 semester hours for each emphasis desired.
  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.