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University of Pittsburgh    
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Aug 11, 2022
 
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sports Medicine and Nutrition - Wellness and Human Performance Concentration, MS


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The Advanced MS in HRS will focus on wellness and human performance for those students seeking graduate training to develop knowledge and skills related to nutrition and exercise in maintaining and improving health and physical performance. The Advanced Program will include the integration of course work, practical applications, and research pertaining to nutritional aspects of health, fitness, and athletic training/performance. This Advanced MS Program in HRS with a concentration in wellness and human performance will parallel the Advanced MS with a concentration in sports medicine and provide students with access to the sports medicine research facilities and faculty.

The Wellness and Human Performance (WHP) program is designed for students seeking graduate training to develop knowledge and skills related to nutrition and exercise in maintaining and improving health and physical performance. Primary areas of focus pertain to education and training in sports nutrition, health and wellness coaching, and the use of nutrition and exercise for the prevention and management of obesity and related chronic diseases. 

For more information, please contact:
 
Matthew Darnell, PhD, RD, CSSD, SCCC
Program Director, MS in Wellness and Human Performance
Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition
Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
Warrior Human Performance Research Centers
3860 South Water Street
412-246-0475
Fax: 412-246-0461

About

The Wellness and Human Performance (WHP) concentration leading to a Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is a two-year graduate program housed within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition.

Program Summary
38 credits (full or part-time)
2 - 4 years (varies)
Program starts fall term only

The curriculum integrates coursework, research and practical application pertaining to nutritional aspects of health, fitness, and athletic training/performance.

Students will have access to the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition research facilities and faculty.

Note: This program is NOT an avenue to acquire the RDN (registered dietitian/nutritionist) credential.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to full, unrestricted status, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree program with an overall qrade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (based on a 4.0 scale).

An applicant with a GPA of less than 3.0 in overall undergraduate and professional programs but with favorable professional credentials may be admitted on provisional status upon recommendation of the admissions committee.

Application Deadline: March 15.

Prerequisite Courses:

Students must have a bachelor’s degree in any field and the following prerequisites or their equivalents in order to be eligible to apply:

  • Physiology, 4 credits
  • Introduction to Nutrition, 3 credits

Application Procedures:


All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application
  • Submit the application fee of $50 (U.S.)
  • Submit an essay-a description of professional and educational goals that are realistically attainable during enrollment in the graduate program
  • Submit three letters of reference, preferably from individuals who have instructed you in academic settings and/or supervised research activities. These letters should address the applicant’s academic, professional and personal attributes and potential for meaningful graduate study
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended
  • International Applicants are required to submit an Academic Credential Evaluation. View more information on the SHRS website
  • A visit to the school for an interview may be required if requested by the Admissions Committee.

Note: Application can be submitted when course requirements are in progress

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