Overview & Career Outcomes
Why Lasell's M.S. in Nutrition for Human Performance?
Students will not only gain a strong knowledge of the impact of diet and nutrition on performance and well-being but will also develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the confidence to advance their careers - whether within their current line of work or in a new field.
- You can complete your program in 24 months.
- All classes are capped at 23 students.
- There is no GRE/GMAT requirement.
- Prepares students for CISSN Certification
The Lasell Experience:
Holistic knowledge of nutrition - Lasell's comprehensive approach combines cutting-edge research with sound practical applications and integrates coursework related to biochemistry, metabolism, health, and wellness. You'll gain robust preparation for a wide range of professional opportunities in this developing industry.
Designed for working professionals - Our online course format offers unmatched flexibility to suit your busy lifestyle, while our extensive graduate student services ensure you remain connected to the Lasell community and fully supported throughout your program.
Expert faculty focused on your success - Faculty members are not only accomplished teachers - they have accomplished professionals in their field. They bring deep insight, extensive experience, and above all, a true desire to help you achieve your goals.
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* Note: The MS in Nutrition for Human Performance does not lead to a professional Nutritionist License.
The MS in Nutrition for Human Performance curriculum provides a graduate with the skills and knowledge foundations to lead careers in the nutrition and wellness fields.
This program has a total of 36 credits comprised of 10 required courses (30 credits) and 2 elective course (6 credits) which a student can chose from any graduate level course.
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This course will educate the student on nutritional assessment to include health, diet and lifestyle history, anthropometric measurements, computerized dietary intake analysis, and biochemical measures The course will integrate use of these measurements in the design of an appropriate nutritional protocol for the client. The student will also learn effective client management and follow-up.
This is an integrated lecture/lab course presenting the principles of food chemistry. Lectures focus on the fundamental and relevant chemistry and functionality of major and minor food constituents including water, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. Laboratories provide the opportunity to improve applied science skills in the area of food chemistry.
Nutritional biochemistry and physiology as it relates to establishment of nutrient requirements and Dietary Reference intakes. Digestion, absorption, metabolism, storage, and excretion of nutrients and other markers of nutritional adequacy or excess will be addressed with emphasis on micronutrients. Course content will include functions of nutrients, in bone, muscle, blood, growth and development, and communication. Pre-requisite - NHP703
Examines the principles of design and presentation of nutrition education for individuals and groups including developing goals and objectives, communication style selection, selection of components including activities, visual aids, and specifications of evaluation processes. Students will also explore principles of communication, written and oral, in presenting nutrition education including learning styles, cultural competence, literacy levels, including, working with the media.
This course will explore current nutrition topics that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance. Critical evaluation of the popular media claims will be the focus in developing evidence-based recommendations for clients.
This course explores the use, evidence, and adverse effects of the most commonly used dietary and performance supplements This course will help students gain the knowledge necessary to critically appraise supplements using peer-reviewed research and national guidelines and recommendations in order to evaluate the validity and efficacy of supplements. Students will also learn how to manage an encounter with a client taking supplements.
This course provides an in-depth exploration of contemporary issues nutrition for active individuals across the life span. Course topics will include: nutrition timing, caloric expenditure, performance enhancement dietary supplements, dietary lipids and heart disease, dietary fiber and health, and influence of life +style factors on nutrition. Controversies in nutrition, ergogenic aids and cultural aspects of food are also discussed. In addition, the course covers energy and nutrient needs for physical and athletic activities. Common myths and fallacies concerning diet and athletic performance as well as appropriate dietary approaches for specific activities and active people will be addressed.
This course is a study of the application of ethical principles, which includes the legal factors and professional behavior, which impact patient management and the rights of the consumer in the provision of medical and rehabilitation services. Ethical issues explored include: human value development, decision making, basic principles of health care, the nature of rights, confidentiality and management of health care information, professional gate keeping as a function of role fidelity, autonomy and paternalism, and justice and the allocation of scarce resources.
This course provides an overview of foundations of research design and the uses and interpretation of results. Content includes: reviewing the literature, developing research problems/questions; hypothesis testing, experimental, quasi-experimental and other research designs; and evaluating research studies as they relate to evidence-based practice in the health professions. The intended outcome is to familiarize students with the evidence-based guidelines associated to clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice.
Through the completion of a research project, on a topic within the field, this course serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in didactic course work and demonstrates the ability of the graduate to make significant contributions to their professions. Pre-requisite: must be taken in final semester of program. Prerequisite: RSCI780
Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's Nutrition for Human Performance graduate degree program must hold a bachelor's degree in a health-related field (e.g. Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, Health and Human Performance).
OR a hold a bachelor's degree in any field with the following course work passed with a "C" grade or better:
- Courses in Anatomy & Physiology I and II (8 credits)
- 1 course in Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
- 1 course in Statistics (3 credits)
Admission Requirements Checklist:
- Online application
- Official transcripts of all college-level coursework
- B.A./B.S. in a health-related field from an accredited institution or a Bachelor's degree in any field with a "C" or higher in the above-listed courses
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
No GMAT/GRE scores are required for admission.
International Students need to submit English equivalency from one of the following: TOEFL scores: minimum required score is 80 (iBT) or IELTS, minimum required score is 6.0; or Pearson PTE Academic minimum score is 53; or Duolingo minimum required score is 105. The English equivalency scores may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada.