Nutrition and exercise play a significant role in disease prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation. The integration of knowledge from the fields of nutrition and exercise sciences is necessary for our graduates. Because of the strong translational movement in the health field we need individuals who are capable of integrating nutrition and exercise in the field of research as well as in the clinic.
M.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
The M.S. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences provides an opportunity to specialize in Nutritional Sciences or Exercise Science. Students are prepared for careers in clinical, industry or research fields. A partial list includes clinical dietitians, public health nutritionists, research dietitians, clinical exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, research assistants or coordinators, instructors or public health officials.
Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
The Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences provides students the opportunity to begin their development as an independent researcher. Students pursuing a doctoral degree typically seek employment in higher education, industry or government. Thus, working knowledge of research is vital to a student's program. Those students wishing to pursue employment in higher education also need to seek opportunities to gain teaching experience. This can be in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistant, assisting a faculty member with a class (e.g. grading, laboratories), or providing guest lectures.