Program at a Glance

Admission Cycle: 
The cycle of four 8-week classes begins in August.

Exercise Nutrition Certificate Program (Online)


FOUR 8-week ONLINE Courses

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This program is ideal for healthcare providers, including registered dietitians interested in exercise and sports nutrition, personal trainers, strength trainers, group fitness instructors, health enthusiasts, and athletes of all levels seeking evidence-based information on the influence of nutrition on exercise and sports performance.

  • 100% online​ and affordable, ideal for working people and those with families

  • Comprehensive instruction in Nutrition for Athletic Performance, Weight Control, Bone and Muscle Development, Pharmacology & Ergogenic Aids

  • Experienced, engaged faculty with real-world experience

  • Earn a certificate in one year to build your resume

Required Courses for the Certificate

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HED 342: Nutrition for Athletic Performance

(3 units, 8 weeks)

With Kathy Munoz

How food consumption and nutrition affect energy production and physical performance in sports activities. Analyze diet modifications, such as carbohydrate loading and use of ergogenic aids, to improve performance. Prerequisite: College-level basic human nutrition course.

HED 342, 3 units: $660

This class has been cancelled for fall 2018.

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HED 446: Optimal Bone & Muscle Development

Fall 2019 (3 units, 8 weeks)

With Christine Dobrowolski

Explore the synergistic aspects of exercise and nutrition related to the development of strong bones and the maintenance, repair, and strength development of muscle. Prerequisite: College-level basic human nutrition course.

This class has been cancelled.

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HED 344: Weight Control

Spring 2019: Jan. 22-March 15 (3 units, 8 weeks)

With Kathy Munoz

Theories and practices to maintaining safe and healthy weight levels. Diet analysis, body composition and effects of exercise; behavior modification; surgery and pharmacology. Prerequisite: HED 231 (or equivalent).

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KINS 447: Pharmacology & Ergogenic Aids

SPRING 2019: March 25-May 17 (3 units, 8 weeks)

With Christine Dobrowolski

Effect of medication and nutrition on disease and sports performance. Effects of ergogenic aids on performance/health. Prerequisites: HED 231 (or equivalent nutrition course) and ZOOL 113 (or equivalent physiology course) are required.


Basic Human Nutrition (HED 231)

Acceptable prerequisites include: a majors or non-majors course that includes food groups including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water, digestion and absorption, and healthy eating.

Human Physiology

This can include general anatomy, introductory zoology, or physiology for non-majors (general education). Any of the below courses (or equivalent) will meet the Human Physiology prerequisite.

Questions about prerequisites? Contact us.


Registration for Fall 2018 courses is now open. To register online, click on the "REGISTER NOW" link under the class you want to take.

Meet the Faculty

Kathy Munoz

Dr. Kathy D. Munoz is a professor and faculty emerita of nutrition in Humboldt State University's Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration, and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), and certified in Weight Management through the American Dietetic Association. Over the past 37 years, Kathy has taught nutrition and health courses at Humboldt State University both using the traditional face-to-face delivery method and beginning in 2005, online asynchronous courses to meet the needs of students both on and off campus. The first course she designed, HED 342 Nutrition for Athletic Performance, won the first Blackboard Bionic Course international competition. Using online technology, Kathy has developed four courses offered for students to earn a Certificate in Exercise Nutrition. In addition, Kathy has developed and is teaching the first in a series of online courses that lead to a Certificate in Faculty Preparation aimed at preparing graduate students to teach in higher education, and to increase skills for professionals already in the teaching profession. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana in 1973, a Master's of Science in Foods and Nutrition with a minor in Biochemistry and Exercise Physiology in 1982 from Oregon State University, and an EdD in Education from the University of Southern California in 1996.

Christine Dobrowolski

Dr. Christine Dobrowolski completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of California at Davis, earned a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Samuel Merritt University. She completed residency training in foot and ankle surgery at Western Medical Center in Anaheim and Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Walnut Creek and practiced medicine for almost twenty years. Christine has taught nutrition at the College of the Redwoods for twelve years and has taught courses for the Kinesiology and Recreation Administration Department and in the Exercise Nutrition Certificate Program at Humboldt State University for seven years. Her Optimal Bone and Muscle Development course was awarded the California State University Quality Online Learning and Teaching (CSU QOLT) award in 2014 and her Pharmacology & Ergogenic Aids course received the CSU QOLT award in 2015.

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