Nutrition and Human Performance

    • The nutrition and human performance program is designed to provide an easy transition into Gannon's new Master of Science program in sport and exercise science, concentrating on human performance.
    • Nutrition and human performance students will have the opportunity to work closely with the 20 NCAA Division II men's and women's athletic teams at Gannon.
    • Gannon's nutrition and human performance students have the opportunity to gain professional experience and put their knowledge and skills to use through a clinical practicum during their senior year. Nutrition and human performance majors gain advanced, applied experience in both nutrition and exercise physiology.
    • The program prepares students
      for possible certification by national governing bodies such
      as the American College of
      Sports Medicine, the American Sports Education Program and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, among others.

    You Will Learn

    The nutrition and human performance (NHP) program
    is designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of human performance and nutrition from
    a psychophysiological perspective. Students will gain understanding of the many factors that impact physical performance both in competitive and non-competitive settings. The program pays particular attention to providing the student with extensive training in exercise science with significant exposure to nutritional science as it relates to both elite athletes as well as recreational athletes.

    The program helps to prepare for certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition as a Certified Sports Nutritionist.

    Because nutrition and human performance is a major within the sport and exercise science department, this major provides an opportunity for students who are interested in both nutrition and sport science to combine their interest in one academic program, which is a stepping stone to diverse career choices. A degree from the sport and exercise science department provides a solid base in biological sciences, nutrition and exercise science courses.

    You Will Experience

    Students in the NHP program have the opportunity to complete internships that are, at minimum, 100 hours in length. The content of these internships varies greatly depending on student interest. Internship opportunities include:

    • athletic/sports teams
    • dietician offices
    • fitness facilities
    • summer sports camps

    You Will Achieve

    Sports nutritionists are employed
    by various organizations. Given
    the earning potential of athletes
    and sports stars, the demand and earning potential for qualified sports nutritionists is likely to increase over the next decade. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following

    • individual athletes
    • registered dietician
    • sporting organizations

     

    You will Study

    Students who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nutrition and human performance can expect to have significant hands on opportunities for both exercise testing and prescription, as well as nutritional assessment and dietary programming. Courses taken by
    a student majoring in nutrition and human performance include:

     

    NHP 300: Nutrition in Life Cycle

    This course deals with the changing nutritional needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. Physiological, societal and economic factors and the availability of nutrition services are considered in meeting the nutritional needs
    of men, women and children from gestation through adulthood.

     

     

    NHP 400: Nutritional Assessment

    This course emphasizes the systematic process
    of comprehensive assessment of the individual's
    nutritional status in health and disease. Anthropometric measurements, laboratory and clinical parameters, family, personal and medical histories, dietary intake, psychosocial factors and many others are examined to draw conclusions for nutritional and other forms of intervention.

     

     

    NHP 350: Advanced Sport Nutrition

    This course provides an in-depth study of the nutrients
    as they relate to sports and fitness, and of health-related issues related to human performance. These issues include eating disorders, dietary supplements and various dietary manipulations.

     

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $41,300
    • Mid-career salary: $59,100

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).