Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum


Core Courses (21 credit hours)




ALH 503

Medical Nutrition Therapy


ALH 507

Clinical Health Behavior Change


ALH 531

Applied Statistics for the Health Professions


ALH 631

Research Methods in Allied Health


NTR 505

Advanced Nutrition


NTR 603

Nutrition Seminar


ALH 689

Master’s Project/Thesis



Specialty Track 1: Obesity and Eating Disorders (12 credit hours)

ALH 501

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention


NTR 510

Adult and Pediatric Obesity 


NTR 512

Eating Disorders in Children and Adults


NTR 612

Sociology of Nutrition



Specialty Track 2: Fitness and Sports Nutrition  (12 credit hours)

ALH 520

Exercise Prescription


ALH 522

Fitness Psychology


NTR 536

Exercise Physiology


ALH 622

Sports and Fitness Nutrition


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COURSES 2012-2014


ALH 507 Clinical Health Behavior Change      3 credits
This course will explore health behavior theories to facilitate the adoption of healthful behaviors to various groups.  It will include motivational interviewing, practice of nonverbal, active listening, goal assessment and group counseling.  It will also explore the evaluation of nutrition education interventions.

ALH 531 Applied Statistics for the Health Professions     3 credits
In this course, students will learn to select appropriate statistical procedures, analyze data, and interpret the results. SPSS for Windows will be used to cover descriptive statistics, tests of differences, and to develop methods of presenting tables and graphs.

ALH 631 Research Methods in Allied Health     3 credits
This course considers research methods and designs used in a variety of professional settings. The development of research techniques will be emphasized, including the ability to define research problems, develop hypotheses, review and interpret literature, apply research designs and draw relevant conclusions. The class culminates in the student writing and presenting a research proposal.

ALH 503 Medical Nutrition Therapy      3 credits
This course will explore the application of nutrition principles to the treatment and prevention of diseases. This treatment can range from changes in diet to providing specialized therapies such as intravenous or tube feeding.  Topics discussed will include lifestyle strategies and therapeutic nutrient intervention to correct nutritional insufficiencies, promote optimal health, and prevent, manage, or correct medical problems.

NTR 505 Advanced Nutrition      3 credits
This course examines the metabolism, physiological actions and interrelationships of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.  Topics discussed include the regulation of the biochemical pathways and the nutritional principles of macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism; absorption, excretion, transport and cellular metabolism; nutritional and toxicological standards for humans and animal models and bioavailability of minerals.

NTR 603 Nutrition Seminar      3 credits
This course is to provide graduate students in nutrition with experience in formal presentation of research results, with emphasis on the components of quality research.  The students will present a research seminar on a research topic (relating to their required project) in a clear, concise and logical manner. Students will write an abstract, with references, that summarizes the research seminar.

ALH 689 Master’s Project     3 credits
The master’s project is designed as a rigorous scholarly activity that provides an opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge with research. 

SPECIALTY TRACK 1: Obesity and Eating Disorders

ALH 501 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention     3 credits
This course will provide students with information that will enable them to develop a practical approach to health promotion and disease prevention for a specific target population. Specifically, the course is designed to help in the development of programs within schools, communities, and the work-place.

NTR 510 Adult and Pediatric Obesity     3 credits
This course addresses the epidemiology, etiology, and risk factors associated with obesity across the lifespan.  The medical management and complications of obesity will be discussed in depth.  Students will review and critically assess current treatment strategies such as pharmacotherapy, bariatric surgery, and behavioral approaches.   Review and discussion of current research and theory will allow students to gain a broad understanding of the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.

NTR 512 Eating Disorders in Children and Adults     3 credits
This course is an in-depth examination of eating disorders in children and adults, including the definition and clinical presentation of eating disorders.  Medical complications of eating disorders will be considered, as well as the relationship between eating disorders and obesity.  Family issues, especially for children and adolescents, in the etiology and treatment of eating disorders will be examined.  Existing approaches to treatment will be examined, as well as new and experimental treatments.

NTR 612 Sociology of Nutrition     3 credits
This course addresses the effects of family and society on food availability and the development of eating habits, food rituals and norms, and body acceptance across the lifespan.  The influence of family systems and cultural contexts on psychosocial development and the adoption of pathogenic eating behaviors will be explored.  Theoretical perspectives related to the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of eating disorders and obesity will be examined in depth

SPECIALTY TRACK 2: Nutrition and Fitness

ALH 520 Exercise Prescription      3 credits
Instruction in the guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. Didactic instruction and practical training will be used to educate students in the various methodologies used to assess adult health and fitness.  Practical experiences include the assessment of cardiovascular risk, coronary artery disease risk stratification, body composition assessment, functional capacity assessment and muscular fitness assessment.

ALH 522 Fitness Psychology      3 credits
This course examines psychological theories and research related to sport and exercise behavior. The course is designed to introduce you to the field of sport and exercise psychology by providing a broad overview of the major topics in the area.

NTR 536 Exercise Physiology      3 credits
Covers the advanced study of concepts, principles, and research in the field of exercise physiology. Discusses advanced concepts in the muscular/neuromuscular, cardiovascular, ventilatory, endocrine, and metabolic responses to exercise and exercise training. Specific study of the physiological control mechanisms regulating these systems are also addressed during periods of rest, acute exercise, and following chronic exercise training.

ALH 622 Sports and Fitness Nutrition     3 credits
This course will focus on the specific role of energy and nutrients in fitness and sports. Tools for assessing nutrient intake will be explored.