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Master of Science in Wellness and Human Performance

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The Wellness and Human Performance program is no longer accepting new students. The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition now offers a one-year Sports Science (MS) program. Apply now to start fall 2019!

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.   

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The WHP program combines research, practical experience, and coursework in a 38-credit program designed to teach students about the nutritional aspects of health, fitness and athletic training/performance. Learn more about the student experience. 

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Admission into the WHP program allows students to work on any number of cutting edge research projects in facilities like the University of Pittsburgh's  Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. It is required that applicants complete a Bachelor's degree with Physiology & Intro to Nutrition as pre-requisite courses. 

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The WHP curriculum can be done in 2-4 years and allows students to get a broad range of experience, ranging from an ample core of seminar courses to rigorous and in-depth research components, and several independent studies or electives which allow students to tailor the program to their specific interests. View the required coursework of the WHP program and a sample plan of study.