Importance of Nutrition

Learn more about the importance of nutrition for human performance, particularly athletes!

NEW! Undergraduate Certificate for Juniors and Seniors!  

Program Description

Dietetics and Human Nutrition (DHN), in collaboration with Human Health Sciences (HHS), Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) is now offering an undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance. The purpose of this certificate is to focus on the integration of nutrition and exercise to properly support physical activity, fitness, and athletic performance at all levels, from those just starting an exercise program, to elite athletes, and those recovering from injury. The Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance also provides students with cross-disciplinary knowledge of the relationship between exercise physiology, nutrition, and overall wellness.

This certificate provides a unique opportunity to expand student knowledge in an area not traditionally, or adequately, addressed in each individual degree programs. The certificate would provide specialized knowledge that would immediately make graduates more competitive at securing a supervised internship and/or employment (e.g. as a Registered Dietitian Nutrition (RDN) interested in professional certification as a specialist in sports nutrition).

Admission Criteria

In addition to available classroom seating, the admissions criteria for the certificate are:

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of a 100 or 200 level basic nutrition course (DHN 101 or DHN 212)
  • Completion of a 200-level physiology course (e.g. PGY 206)
  • Undergraduate classification as a Junior or Senior or post-baccalaureate status

Before beginning, all students accepted into the certificate program will be required to:

  • Provide evidence of all admissions criteria to one of the Certificate Co-Directors

Required Coursework 

A total of 14 credit hours will be required for the certificate. All required courses for the certificate must be completed with a “B” or better. Courses are described below and can be adapted to accommodate students enrolled in The Honors Program as requested:

  1.  DHN 315: Nutrition Issues in Physical Activity (3 credit hours)
  2.  KHP 420G: Physiology of Exercise (3 credit hours)
  3.  HHS 400G: Nutrition for Physical Activity, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation (2 credit hours)
  4. Student Choice of Experiential Learning Experience (3 credit hours):
    HHS 395: Independent Study in HHS or
    DHN 591: Special Topics in DHN or
    KHP 395: Independent In KHP
    * Students could elect to complete this requirement under the direction of different mentors as long as they demonstrate this is justified for Nutrition for Human Performance.
  5. Student Choice (3 credit hours):
    HHS 402G: Muscle Biology
    3 credit hour course approved by Certificate Directors (DHN students contact Dr. Stephenson

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