Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Sports Performance & Integrative Nutrition


Credits Per Trimester
2 trimesters
Trimester of Entry

COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE: This program is enrolling for the fall 2021 trimester. This program will be delivered in its standard online format for students entering the program in the fall 2021 trimester; the program can be completed by taking only online classes, and there are no requirements to come to campus.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Sports Performance and Integrative Nutrition offers graduate-level education that prepares individuals to blend foundational knowledge in holistic nutrition with a broader perspective on the role of nutrition in sports and athletic performance. MUIH’s program is the only one to combine a holistic view of the impact of nutrition, physical and mental performance in sports, and an emphasis on whole foods cooking. Students examine diets that maximize nutrients and learn how to plan and prepare meals to support both physical and mental athletic performance. Additionally, this certificate offers the high standard of academic credit and a credential valued in the professional workplace. This 13-credit program can be completed fully online in eight months (two trimesters).

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This program is designed for a variety of sports performance, athletic training, and fitness professionals, nutritionists, and registered dieticians who seek to increase the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills in nutrition. Such professionals work with individuals and/or groups, and also include personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic and sports trainers and coaches, exercise specialists. The certificate increases the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills in this specialty area and provides additional and complementary areas of expertise to these and other positions. This in turn equips these individuals with a unique set of knowledge and skills to increase their career advancement opportunities and marketability. Individuals well prepared to enter this program are those with bachelor’s degrees in nutrition, dietetics, exercise science, kinesiology, athletic training, fitness, or health, or who hold an unrelated Bachelor’s degree plus a formal health and wellness coaching training certificate.

Program Description

This program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to enhance sports performance through the application of scientific and holistic nutritional principles and practices. Using an evidence-based approach, students will explore the fundamental role of nutrition in sports performance and explore how supplements, caffeine and hydration exert their effects. It equips students with the skills to plan diets and prepare meals that maximize nutrients and support athletic performance.  Unique to MUIH’s program is the opportunity to participate in a whole foods cooking lab focused on athletes. In keeping with the philosophy and mission of MUIH, the program stresses the concept of self-care – that health and education should be applied to oneself before it can be applied to others – at the same time as it supports organizational structures and benefits that encourage such self-care.

MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Sports Performance and Integrative Nutrition is a graduate program, which differs from training programs offered in the field. Click here for a description of the added value of a graduate program.

Admission Requirements

Trimester of Entry: Fall
Application Priority Deadline: Application deadline by Trimester
General Requirements:
Program Specific Requirements: Complete Essay Questions in application:

  • How does the program relate to your future personal and professional goals?


Required Courses

The program consists of 13 credits of the following required courses:

  • ISCI671 Physical Activity and Health (3 cr)
  • NUTR613 Human Nutrition: Macronutrients and Micronutrients (3 cr)
  • NUTR615 Nutrient Optimization for Mental Performance in Athletes (3 cr)
  • NUTR616 Nutrient Optimization for Physical Performance in Athletes (3 cr)
  • NUTR689 Whole Foods Cooking to Support High Performance (1 cr)

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the effect of various nutrients, supplements, antioxidants, hydration and caffeine on athletic performance.
  • Debunk myths and apply evidence-based knowledge into professional life within scope of practice.
  • Develop meals that enhance athletic performance through a whole foods diet.

Program Format & Schedule

Program Format

This program is offered in the online format. Click here to view MUIH’s definition of online, hybrid, and on-campus course and program formats.

Program Schedule

For trimester start and end dates, see the Academic Calendar.

The schedule of courses for this program is shown below.

Trimester 1

  • ISCI671 Physical Activity and Health (3 cr)
  • NUTR613 Human Nutrition: Macronutrients and Micronutrients (3 cr)

Trimester 2

  • NUTR615 Nutrient Optimization for Mental Performance in Athletes (3 cr)
  • NUTR616 Nutrient Optimization for Physical Performance in Athletes (3 cr)
  • NUTR689 Whole Foods Cooking to Support High Performance (1 cr)

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2021 Intake
Course Code Cost per Credit # of Credits Tuition Cost
ISCI $916 3 $2,748
NUTR $916 10 $9,160
Total 13 $11,908

*Prices subject to change. Tuition costs are for illustrative purposes only.


Average Credits per Trimester Typical Completion Time
4 3 Trimesters

Additional Fees

Fees Cost
Application Fee $50
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit $150
University Fee (per trimester) $275
All students, including students taking a voluntary break in enrollment. Click here to learn more about the fee.
Late Registration Fee
After registration deadline and before start of the schedule adjustment period for current students$150/course
During the schedule adjustment period for current and new students who have confirmed before the late confirmed student registration period begins
Cooking Lab Fee $30/course
NUTR 681 – 689; On Campus Courses Only
Cooking Kit Fee $205
M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health students (1st trimester) and other students taking cooking labs (NUTR 681 – 689)
Herb Kit Fee  Students enrolled in the following herbal medicine courses:
HRB 605 $160
HRB 614 $160
HRB 620b $160
HRB 622 $145
HRB 635a $125
HRB 635b $200
HRB 636a $125
HRB 642 $220
HRB 705 $180
HRB 715 $100
Due to international customs requirements, we do not ship herb kits outside of the United States
Credit Card Adjustment Fee 2.75% of amount paid by credit card
Graduation Fee $75

Career Opportunities

Increasing and significant interest and demand in both nutrition and sports have led to a need for well-educated professionals in both fields, especially those with expertise at their intersection. The role of nutrition in sports performance has been demonstrated through evidence-based research, and the American College of Nutrition identifies nutrition education as the ninth hottest area of nutrition research for 2020. Nutrition participates in the overall growth of the health care industry, which the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics see as leading job growth, projecting this sector to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average for all occupations. Occupations specifically related to the intersection of sports and nutrition are projected to have strong growth in the U.S. during the same time period. This includes a much faster than average growth rate for dietitians and nutritionists (11%), athletic trainers (19%), fitness trainers and instructors (13%), and athletic coaches (11%), and a faster than average growth rate for exercise physiologists (10%).

As a result of this expanding job market, sports nutritionists find employment positions in a variety of settings that allow for the combination of physical training and sports with nutritional concepts, including private practices, colleges and universities, sports organizations, athletic clubs, food corporations, and rehabilitation centers. Graduates of MUIH’s nutrition programs are employed in a variety of settings relevant to the sports performance and integrative nutrition field including private practice; integrative group practices; nutrition clinics; community, non-profit, and outreach organizations; school systems; culinary organizations; athletic and recreational organizations; and colleges and universities.

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Upcoming Webinars

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Program Administration

Kathleen Warner, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Liz Lipski, Ph.D.
Director, Academic Development

Eleonora Gafton, M.S.
Program Director, Cooking Labs

Elizabeth Owens, M.S.
Director, Experiential Programs

Jennifer Swetz, M.S.
Nutrition Clinic Coordinator

Alexandra Wick
Department Manager

Nissa Lazenby-Wilson, M.S.
Cooking Lab Assistant Manager

Casey Simms, M.A.
Academic Advisor

Laura Steck
Academic Advisor

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