Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Transform Health, Fitness and Lives
Gain a comprehensive background in exercise physiology, human anatomy, nutrition, and clinically-oriented testing of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neuromuscular systems. Apply your advanced knowledge to a career in a clinical setting or athletic performance.
Earn Your Master of Science in Exercise Science & Nutrition
SHU’s innovative Exercise Science & Nutrition program places a unique emphasis on the nutritional aspects of health, disease, and performance. Graduates are prepared to meet the demands of a diverse professional field with advanced knowledge, a comprehensive skill set, and the ability to both practice and lead in the field of exercise science.
Through this program, you will:
- Demonstrate best practices, and acquire management skills in clinical practice, strength and conditioning settings and/or coaching
- Master concepts in exercise physiology, human anatomy, performance/health-field specific research methodology, and nutrition as it relates to chronic disease prevention and sport performance
- Learn to prescribe post-orthopedic rehabilitation resistance training protocols
- Contribute to research activities in clinical exercise settings, sport or clinical nutrition, and fitness/sport-related exercise programming
- Prepare to continue your education and acquire a terminal degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D.)
Choose the track that fits your career aspirations
The M.S. in Exercise Science & Nutrition stresses basic science and allows students to concentrate on either performance or clinical sciences.
In the Performance track, you will develop a mastery of:
- Strength & Conditioning concepts and controversies
- Nutritional influences on training adaptation and performance
- Coaching methodology and philosophy
Graduates of the performance track are prepared for careers in leadership, administration, and coaching in fitness and sports performance settings.
Through the Clinical track, you will develop mastery of:
- Clinical exercise testing and prescription for cardiac, pulmonary, cancer, diabetic and osteoporotic rehabilitation settings
- Nutrition as it relates to weight management, counseling strategies, and patient education
- Applying health behavior change concepts to both health and compromised populations
Graduates of the clinical track are prepared for careers in hospital or hospital-affiliated settings, working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and long-term rehabilitation of cancer and immune disease patients.
Enter a career with endless opportunity and growing demand
Employment in the health and fitness industry is projected to grow steadily through 2020.(1) Graduates of the Exercise Science & Nutrition program have gained employment as:
- Hospital-based exercise physiologists and wellness directors
- Strength and conditioning coaches for private companies and university teams
- Chief health officer at medically supervised weight loss clinics
- Trainers for post-orthopedic rehabilitation
- Graduate assistants within doctoral programs
- Lobbyist for a multinational food corporation
Additional Program Benefits
- Access to motion analysis lab, human performance lab and human cadaver lab, containing state-of-the-art equipment including AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, ParvoMedics Metabolic Cart, BOD POD Body Composition Tracking System, 3D motion analysis system and more
- Student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 5:1, which provides greater one-on-one access to professors than most other universities
- Late afternoon/evening classes designed to meet the needs of full-time and part-time students
- Option to participate in research activities with faculty members
- Multi-semester internship opportunities
Note: Although the curriculum places an emphasis on the nutritional sciences, it is not a dietetics program. Individuals who wish to be employed as full-time nutritionists or dietitians should pursue graduate programs that provide a pathway to the Registered Dietician (R.D.) credential or equivalent.
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics