Online Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance

Logan University provides students superior training, giving them confidence to be the health care leaders of tomorrow.

With curriculum blending research and sound clinical applications, graduates of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance program will learn to analyze diet and health status, assess nutrition deficiencies as well as food allergies, and offer patients evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.

Logan University enhances students' knowledge by integrating fundamentals of nutritional biochemistry, metabolism, health and wellness with research methods used in nutrition. Graduates find careers in public health programs, education, nutrition and health communication, consulting and nutrition-related businesses in private and public sectors.

Nutrition Degree Concentrations
  • Sports & Fitness Nutrition
    Learn about nutritional assessment of athletes, nutrition and physical performance.
  • Nutritional Wellness
    Learn about sustainable food systems, nutrition epidemiology, health promotion.
  • Health Education & Promotion
    Learn about health education concepts as well as media, technology and public health.

There is no GRE examination required and the degree is offered completely online.

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    Admissions Requirements

    Admissions guidelines for the Master's in Nutrition and Human Performance degree may be found on Page 36 and 37 of the Academic Catalog.

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  • Course Descriptions

    HLTS 06101 Health Education Concepts and Theories
    3 credit hours

    This course explores complex health problems and issues in contemporary society; various concepts, models, theories, and determinants of health. This course presents a multi-disciplinary approach for application to individual and professional situations.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    HLTS 06102 Media, Technology and Public Health
    3 credit hours

    This course provides students with an understanding of the role of media advocacy in advancing public health policies to promote health. The course illustrates basic concepts and skills related to media advocacy. Topics covered include: gaining access to the news, framing issues from a public health perspective, and the use of paid advertising to advance healthy public policy.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    HLTS 06103 Program Planning and Assessment
    3 credit hours

    This course reviews clinical nutrition assessment tools, current methodologies, and client-centered techniques used to optimize assessment of diet and lifestyle, condition assessment, and dietary planning for therapeutic interventions and disease prevention. How nutrients affect gene expression (nutrigenetics) as well as genetically-determined utilization of nutrients (nutrigenomics) and disease susceptibility are explored. 
    Pre-requisites: RMET 05101 Research Methods

    MATH 06101 Statistics
    3 credit hours

    This course will introduce the use and application of statistics. Students will learn to calculate and interpret descriptive statistics by hand and with SPSS, and interpret these in relation to data. Students will also conduct analyses to compare means, determine relationships, and make predictions using hand calculations and SPSS. The difference between parametric and nonparametric tests will be covered, along with the use of statistics to test hypotheses and answer questions.
    Pre-requisites: RMET 05101

    NUTR 06201 Nutritional Science
    3 credit hours

    This course presents a detailed study of human biochemistry of micronutrients, their relationship
    with macronutrients, and how nutrition influences metabolism, cells, and body function.
    Vitamins and minerals will be discussed in relation to metabolism and digestion. The clinical
    signs and symptoms of nutrition related disorders and biochemical and laboratory assessment
    will be introduced.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 05103 Nutrition and Physical Performance            
    3 credit hours

    This course focuses on exercise metabolism and optimal nutrient absorption for peak athletic performance. It covers chemical structure and biochemical metabolic functions of essential and nonessential nutrients, integration, coordination, and regulation of macro and micronutrient metabolism, regulation of nutrient metabolism and needs by hormones and growth factors, the physiological and biochemical basis for nutrient requirements, and dietary reference intakes and supplements for competitive athletes.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 05104 Gut Microbiome, Nutrition, & Behavior
    3 credit hours

    This course provides a study of basic and emerging literature in respect to the effect of gut microbiome changes on behavior, as well as the effects of nutrition upon the microbiome and gut-brain axis.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 05201 Survey of Sustainable Food Systems
    3 credit hours
    This course presents a detailed study of food systems as they relate to human nutrition incorporating food processing, preservatives and additives, safety, and toxicity of foods. Sustainable food systems look at community nutrition programs, nutrition education, as well as the legislation and the agencies and programs that regulate human nutrition.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 05202 Lifecycle Nutrition
    3 credit hours

    This course covers clinical human nutrition needs through the lifecycle phases from infancy to geriatrics. A lifecycle approach to nutrition science incorporates nutrient availability, function and sources; energy balance; health risk factors; and special nutrient needs for various stages of the lifecycle. Basic clinical nutrition knowledge of physiological differences in pediatrics, inborn errors of metabolism relating to nutrient imbalances (PKU, histadenic vs. histaminic, acidosis vs. alkolosis, etc.), nutrition during pregnancy and lactation are detailed. Clinical nutrition management of emergency care, terminal illness, surgical and traumatic care will be covered. 
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 06101 Nutritional Assessment of Athletes                 
    3 credit hours

    This course involves the detailed study of improving and supporting athletic performance through nutrition. Students will gain practical experience in supporting body composition/physique changes for specific sports/positions as well performance optimization in endurance, power and speed applications. Nutrition principles and aspects such as meal timing, ergogenic supplements and the relationship of nutrition to circadian rhythms and sleep to support recovery will be discussed in detail. Lecture, review of current literature and class presentations as well as personalized written plans and projects will be utilized. 
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 06102 Natural Therapies: Herbology & Detoxification 
    3 credit hours

    This course is a detailed investigation of detoxification, herbology, and homeopathic therapies as they relate to human systems. Examination of the issues and trends will be explored through the use of current literature and evidence-based research. Students will obtain evidence-based knowledge of: herbal medicine, clinical guides of herbal medicine, functions of herbs, and safety issues. Specific applications and controversies relating to use of herbs and functional foods and high-dose nutrient supplementation in the management of chronic disorders will be explored. Students will develop skills of identifying strengths and limitations of preventive as well as therapeutic utilization of herbs and supplements.
    Pre-requisites: NUTR 05102 Nutrition Science I

    NUTR 06104 Clinical Nutrition in Human Systems I
    3 credit hours

    This course presents a detailed study of the principles of nutrition concentrating on their biochemical, physiological, and pathological relationship to the management of acute and chronic conditions affecting humans. Topics taken into consideration include diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and supplementation. The signs, symptoms, and diagnostic testing will be discussed for each condition, with special emphasis on homeostasis of the human body and other conditions encountered in clinical practice.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    NUTR 06201 Nutrition Science II
    3 credit hours

    This course presents a detailed study of human biochemistry of micronutrients, their relationship with macronutrients, and how nutrition influences metabolism, cells, and body function. Vitamins and minerals will be discussed in relation to metabolism and digestion. The clinical signs and symptoms of nutrition related disorders and biochemical and laboratory assessment will be introduced.
    Pre-requisites: NUTR 05102 Nutrition Science I

    NUTR 06202 Clinical Nutrition in Human Systems II                                         
    3 credit hours

    This course is a detailed study of the nutritional assessment, dietary habits, and nutritional needs fundamental for optimal human performance. The student will study nutritional support of performance as it relates to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of each person. 
    Prerequisites: NUTR 06104 Clinical Nutrition in Human Systems I

    NUTR 06203 Nutrition in Pain and Inflammation                                               
    3 credit hours

    This course is designed to facilitate the use of diet therapy and nutrition supplements in clinical practice. The focus is nutrition applications to reduce inflammation and pain. The biology of the inflammatory process is explored in significant detail and related to the process of nociception and pain. Also examined is the relationship between chronic inflammation and various degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, syndrome X, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, cold/flu symptoms, and other conditions. Practical nutritional applications including both dietary therapies and supplements directed at reducing inflammation are reviewed in detail.
    Prerequisites: N/A

    NUTR 06204 Nutrition Epidemiology & Health Promotion
    3 credit hours

    This course introduces students to epidemiological principles and methodologies relevant to clinical nutrition, research, and educational strategies for wellness and health promotion initiatives. Upon course completion students will be able to identify study designs, population selection, and analytical epidemiology/methodology appropriate for prevention and health promotion programs. Includes a critical review of current research articles in nutrition, disease prevention, and health promotion related fields. 
    Pre-requisites: NUTR 06104 Clinical Nutrition in Human Systems I

    NUTR 06301 Geriatric Nutrition
    3 credit hours

    Advanced study of nutrition in the aging individual in health and disease. Special emphasis on interactions of physiological stages, age, lifestyle, health, disease, and nutrition. Examination of research findings focusing on the relationship of nutrition to the structural and functional changes associated with the aging process.
    Pre-requisites: NUTR 05202 Lifecycle Nutrition and NUTR06201 Nutritional Science

    PSYH 06202 Psychology of the Athlete
    3 credit hours

    This course is a detailed study of the psychological and emotional aspects of competition and its social stress, with focus on approaches to knowledge, goal setting, stress management, psychological skills training, and review of current research.
    Pre-requisites: N/A

    RMET 05101 Research Methods in Healthcare
    3 credit hours

    In this course, students will learn to evaluate the scientific/clinical literature for reliability and validity as well as the potential clinical significance of research results. Students will learn how to: identify limitations of research findings and recognize the multiple sources of research design error and researcher bias, how to evaluate reliable research study designs and experiments, how to create the various types of study designs and understand when each design is appropriate, how to write and test hypotheses, and how to find, correctly cite, and analyze peer-reviewed literature.
    Students in the MSHI program must complete 6 courses prior to taking this course.
    Students in the MSNHP program must complete 4 courses prior to taking this course.

    NUTR 08101 Nutrition Internship
    6 credit hours

    The Nutrition and Human Performance Internship is designed to increase student learning opportunities and functional understandings of nutrition, human performance, sports nutrition, health promotion and wellness, exercise metabolism, disease prevention, or approved field research. The internship is a 6 credit hour course requiring 180 clock hours under the supervision of an approved professional who holds an advanced graduate degree, certifications, and can provide a meaningful learning experience to enhance the student’s employment opportunities. Students interested in the internship option are encouraged to request a copy of the Internship Manual from the Nutrition and Human Performance Director early in their program of study to begin working on possible internship sites. 
    Pre-requisites: All required didactic coursework

    NUTR 08102 Thesis
    3 credit hours

    The thesis involves completion of a research project conducted under the supervision of your thesis research committee consisting of Logan professors and approved expert researchers in your chosen area of research related to nutrition and human performance. Students interested in the Thesis option are encouraged to review the Thesis Manual and to begin working on research topic proposals early in their program of study. It is also helpful for students to submit a project completion timeline and to set clear expectations for progress. To a large degree, it will be the student’s responsibility to manage the pace of the project and to communicate with your Thesis committee about its direction.
    Pre-requisites: All required didactic coursework, plus MATH 06101 Statistics 

    CAPS 08105 Professional Track 
    3 credit hours

    This Capstone course provides students with an integrative learning experience and a synthesis of knowledge combining theory and applications of nutrition and human performance. This course builds upon previous coursework and includes applications of theories to practical issues in the field of nutrition.
    Pre-requisites: All required didactic coursework [may be taken with last course(s)]

  • Graduate Outcomes

    Graduates are prepared to:

    Assess and design nutritional plans to maximize human performance.

    Manage nutrition programs and content of health and corporate wellness programs.

    Assess, diagnose and manage health and performance related nutrition issues in clinical, performance and university settings.

    Provide clinical nutrition expertise as an integral member of a team-based health care system.

  • Certification Opportunities

    Logan’s Nutrition and Human Performance graduates may be qualified to sit for independent certification exams. Students should contact their local state Board of Health to determine which of these may be recognized for practice in their state and any other state licensing, registration or certification requirements, as they are subject to change.

    Students must also check with each certification board below to verify if they meet eligibility requirements.

    Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB). The Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB) provides professional training, examining and certifying for alternative or complimentary medical, clinical nutrition and health care organizations, in addition to specialty credentialing programs and state license/certification exams. Non-chiropractic students interested in taking the CCN exam should review the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB) website for the CCN exam core science coursework eligibility requirements.

    Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The CISSN is the premier certification in the field of sports nutrition and supplementation.

    Professionals with CCN or CISSN certifications include:

    - Health and Wellness
    - Educators
    - Nutritionists
    - Sports Nutritionists
    - Fitness Professionals
    - Strength and Conditioning Professionals

    MS/DC Only
    Graduates are eligible to sit for the Diplomate in Nutrition hosted by the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition.

  • Why Logan University?
    Why Logan?

    Logan University is dedicated to maximizing human performance through innovative health education and continuous quality improvement. With an established and world-renowned reputation for academic excellence, Logan University offers first-class programs, facilities and faculty.

    Logan has been a leader in chiropractic education since 1935. Today, Logan University continues its chiropractic tradition while also offering a variety of online health sciences programs.

    The Trimester System

    Logan University’s academic year consists of three 15-week trimesters. Trimesters begin each January, May and September. The trimester format allows for more flexibility for students who are deciding when to begin their education.

    Quality Education at an Outstanding Value

    Quality education at a great value makes Logan a natural choice for those seeking careers in the health care field. Logan’s tuition for undergraduate, graduate and doctorate courses are competitively priced. When Logan students graduate, they leave not only with an outstanding education, but also with smaller student loans.

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Concurrent Master's Degree

Students entering the Doctor of Chiropractic Program may earn concurrent credit for the Master's of Sports Rehabilitation or the Master's of Nutrition & Human Performance while completing doctoral studies.

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