Concentrations: Sports Nutrition & Nutrition Education & Research

The CMP program offers two areas of concentrations so students can customize their degree program to suit their professional interests and future plans. We offer concentrations in:

  • sports nutrition and
  • nutrition education & research

Sports Nutrition Concentration

The University of Utah’s Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology is proud to be one of the few graduate programs in the country and the only PAC-12 University that offers a Sports Nutrition Concentration. The Sports Nutrition Concentration is designed to integrate scientific principles of nutrition as they relate to exercise and sports and prepare students to become Board Certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics (CSSD).

Selected on a competitive basis, students pursuing the Sports Nutrition Concentration will obtain supervised training in various aspects of sport and exercise nutrition as part of the practice hours required in the CMP. Registered Dietitians in the Nutrition Science Master's Program (NSMP) Sports Nutrition Concentration will also complete sports nutrition practicum hours as part of their specialty training.


There are approximately six (6) to eight (8) openings per year in the Sports Nutrition Concentration option which are selected from the CMP application pool during the admissions process. If an applicant is interested in pursuing the Nutrition, Education, and Research Concentration if the Sports Concentration is unavailable, he/she should indicate this on his/her application.

Students selected for Sports Nutrition Concentration will be placed in settings related to sports, exercise, or wellness depending on the interests of the student, preceptor needs, and director approval.

The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers four main sports nutrition practicum sites. However, opportunities also exist for students to complete practicum hours in various aspects of health and sports such as clinical eating disorders, community health, corporate wellness, and olympic sports.


Students must have a bachelor's degree in any field and the following prerequisites or their equivalents:

Area Course Credit Hours Course Title
Biology BIOL 1210 4 Principles of Biology
BIOL 2420 4 Human Physiology
Chemistry CHEM 1210+1215 4 + 1[2] General Chemistry I + Lab
CHEM 2310+2315 4 + 1[2] Organic Chemistry I
[1]CHEM 3510 3 Biological Chemistry I
Nutrition [1]NUTR 4440 or 4 Advances in Nutrition Science
NUTR 3010 4 Nutrition Intervention
NUTR 5420 3 Applied Nutrition through the Lifecycle
Economics[3] ECON 1010 or 3 Economics as a Social Science
ECON 2010 or 3 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 2020 3 Principles of Macroeconomics
Psychology[3] or PSY 1010 4 Psychology
Sociology[3] SOC 1010 3 Introduction to Sociology
Writing WRTG 2010 4 Intermediate Writing: Research and Inquiry
Math MATH 1050 4 College Algebra
Kinesiology[4] KINES 3091 3 Exercise Physiology


[1] CHEM 3510 and NUTR 4440 MUST have been completed within the last five (5) years.

[2] A minimum of 1 credit of chemistry lab is required.

[3] Students only need ONE class from economics, psychology, or sociology courses listed to count as the prerequisite.

[4] This is for sports nutrition concentration only.


After completing the CMP or NSMP with the Sports Nutrition Concentration, students are prepared to become board certified specialists in Sports Dietetics following two years of practice as a registered dietitian. Students receive the same training as those completing the Nutrition Education and Research Concentration with the addition of a specialty area – sports nutrition.

Graduate students with the Sports Nutrition Concentration have found employment in a variety of settings including:

  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • Collegiate Athletics
  • Professional Teams
  • Olympic Teams
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Research
  • University and Community Colleges
  • Health and Fitness Clinics

Thesis & Non-Thesis Options

The CMP and NSMP with the Sports Nutrition Concentration is generally considered a non-thesis track; however, a thesis option may be possible with the Sports Nutrition Director's approval.

Nutrition Education & Research Concentration

The Nutrition Education and Research Concentration integrates scientific principles of nutrition with critical thinking and communication skills. The concentration prepares students to conduct and interpret research and to communicate evidence-based nutrition advice and counseling.

Students in this concentration obtain additional training in community nutrition and nutrition instruction.

Students selected for this concentration are placed in settings related to nutrition education and research for the community rotation during the first summer of supervised practice and for all of the supervised practice that takes place the second year of the program (capstone experience). Practice sites include a choice of specialty clinics (diabetes, eating disorders, maternal and child clinics, metabolic disorders, pediatric, senior care, dialysis, wellness).


There are approximately nine (9) openings per year in the Nutrition Education and Research Concentration. Students are selected from the overall CMP application pool during the admission process.


After completing the CMP, students are prepared for a wide variety of dietetics careers. Students who complete the CMP with the Nutrition Education and Research Concentration have found employment in a variety of settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Diabetes Treatment Centers
  • Dialysis Clinics
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • County and State Public Health Programs (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Health Promotion)
  • Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Research (Industry and academia)
  • Community Colleges or Universities
  • Worksite Wellness
  • Private Practice
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Grocery Stores

Thesis & Focused Area of Study Options

Students participating in the CMP with the Nutrition Education and Research concentration may choose the thesis or focused area of study (FAS) option.

Contact Us

Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

250 S. 1850 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: 801-581-6730