Nutrition for Health & Human Performance – M.S.Ed.

Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

Nutrition for Health & Human Performance

M.S.Ed.

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.

Program Description:

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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Admission Procedures

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.


Required Coursework

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.


KIN 623 Food Science and Management Principles
KIN 634 Integrative & Functional Nutrition
KIN 638 Nutrition during the Lifecycle
KIN 639 Dietary Supplements And Human Performance
KIN 645 Therapeutic Lifestyle to Cambat Chronic Disease
KIN 650 Nutritional Biochemistry
KIN 655 Medical Nutrition Therapy
KIN 669 The Foundations of Exercise Programming
KIN 677 Advanced Nutrition for Health and Fitness
KIN 679 Principles of Exercise Assessment: Cardiovascular
KIN 698 Professional Training & Counseling For Integrative Health
KIN 784 Advance Neurological Mechanisms of Metabolism and Weight Regulation
KIN 623 Food Science and Management Principles
KIN 634 Integrative & Functional Nutrition
KIN 638 Nutrition during the Lifecycle
KIN 639 Dietary Supplements And Human Performance
KIN 645 Therapeutic Lifestyle to Cambat Chronic Disease
KIN 650 Nutritional Biochemistry
KIN 655 Medical Nutrition Therapy
KIN 679 Principles of Exercise Assessment: Cardiovascular
KIN 698 Professional Training & Counseling For Integrative Health
KIN 784 Advance Neurological Mechanisms of Metabolism and Weight Regulation

F.A.Q.

1What can I do with this degree?
This program is designed to accommodate three types of graduate students: 1) those planning to get a masters degree with a clinical focus prior to attending med school or another clinical profession; 2) students planning to get a masters degree in both exercise physiology and nutrition in order to go on for a doctoral degree in applied research in the field or work in sports performance; and 3) students wishing to seek credential certification through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (C.N.S.) to perform advanced medical nutrition therapy, research, and education in settings such as clinics, private practice, hospitals and other institutions, industry, academia, sports performance, and the community. The C.N.S. is recognized by the State of Florida for Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionists (LDN) to practice nutrition.
2Am I required to obtain practicum hours prior to graduation?
There are numerous opportunities for graduate students to participate in community wellness programs, clinical assessment, and counseling in nutrition, as well as working with athletics, and participating in scientific research. Our graduate students work with the UHealth System clinics and physicians, doctoral researchers, and with professional athletes and University of Miami Varsity Athletics. Hours are not mandatory, nor guaranteed, but highly recommended for experiential learning. Students are encouraged to engage in experiences most aligned with their post-degree aspirations and mentorship is available 7 days a week.
3Would this degree allow me to practice nutrition?
Students wishing to obtain licensure to practice are provided with resources and clinical hours to obtain certification through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (C.N.S.). This credential is recognized by the State of Florida, and other states, for Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionists (LDN) certification to practice nutrition.

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Program Contact

Wesley Smith

Clinical Assistant Professor, Undergrad Program Director for Exercise Physiology,Department of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences

305-284-5756


Room: Merrick Building 315