Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
Nutrition for Health & Human Performance
Mission: The Master’s of Science degree track in Exercise Physiology entitled "Nutrition for Health and Human Performance" was designed to develop an interface between Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. It can be taken as a one year accelerated program for UM Exercise Physiology graduates or a 36 credit two-year program for students from outside the major. Only students with a BS degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami are eligible for the Accelerated Masters Program.
The degree is rooted in a scientific background in the applied sciences, which integrates the nutritional components of wellness programing and key elements of nutrition for optimal performance. The curriculum represents the biological synergy between nutrition and exercise physiology so that students can take leadership roles in clinical-based wellness programs, exercise physiological and nutritional research, as well as tailoring the optimal, evidence-based nutritional practices for coaches and athletes.
Graduates of the program may practice independently, conduct nutritional, health and fitness education seminars, and/or tailor nutrition programs for:
- Medical Practices/Rehabilitation Centers
- Professional and amateur sport teams and organizations; coaches and athletes
- Diabetes treatment and cardiac rehabilitation centers
- Hospitality industry-hotels, spas, cruise ships, resorts
- Health Clubs/Spas/Gyms
- Summer camps, youth organizations
- Community Wellness Centers
- Corporate Wellness Programs
- Health Maintenance Organizations
- Weight Management Programs
- Media and Internet
- Culinary cooking schools
- The military and police forces
- Functional medicine research and practice
- Non-profit Health Centers
- Community and faith-based organizations
Upon graduation, students will be able to take the exam to become a Sports Nutritionist under the auspices of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Students who complete all the required professional supervised hours in clinical, community and food service will be prepared to sit for the exam to become a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LD/N) as approved by the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council in the State of Florida. Knowledge gained from completion of the track and acquired credentials will enable graduates to assess the dietary needs of individuals or groups of individuals and make appropriate nutritional recommendations.
NOTE: Eligibility to sit for the Florida Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LD/N) governed by the DIVISION OF MEDICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE, DIETETICS AND NUTRITION PRACTICE COUNCIL, State of Florida. Eligibility requirements are subject to change. Current requirements include additional coursework that may be completed at either the graduate or the undergraduate level; and hence, those courses are not included in this program. For further information, please contact the Program Director.
Students must complete the one year, 30 credit or two year 36 credit M.S. track in Exercise Physiology entitled “Nutrition for Health and Human Performance. Before graduation, students must 1) pass a comprehensive examination that demonstrates mastery of the theory and application of nutrition and exercise physiology; or 2) complete a research project.
Applicants must apply to and be accepted into the University of Miami Graduate School before they can be accepted into the Nutrition for Health and Human Performance track. All new applicants should possess:
- A Bachelor of Science degree in the Applied Sciences (Kinesiology, Nutrition, Athletic Training or its equivalent); Health Sciences, (Nursing, Pre-physical Therapy or its equivalent); and/or Basic Sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or its equivalent).
- Evidence of completing the GRE’s with a pref erred combined score of at least 297.
- Three letters of recommendation from the school, work , or community/religious/volunteer internships.
- A statement of professional goals
- Official transcripts that provide evidence of prerequisites or the equivalent of undergraduate courses in: At least 2 credits of Anatomy (KIN 233 or equivalent), At least 3 credits of Physiology (KIN 232 or equivalent), At least 3 credits of Biochemistry (KIN 221 or equivalent), At least 3 credits of Basic Nutrition (KIN 150 or KIN 202 or the equivalent), and At least 3 credits of Exercise Physiology (KIN 321, 421, or the equivalent).
*Applicants may take all pre-requisite courses at the University of Miami.
This program was designed to develop an interface between Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science.
To be eligible to sit for the Florida Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LD/N) students must take an additional 900 hours of KIN727 (Practicum in Nutrition) or outside alternative.