Course Descriptions - MHS in Clinical Nutrition

NUTR6001 : MACRONUTRIENTS
3.00 credits: This course explores the physiologic mechanisms of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism; the structures and functions of macronutrients in the body; how each macronutrient undergoes integrated metabolism in tissues; and how the ingestion of combined macronutrients affects overall metabolism as well as disease risk and recovery. The concept of food as medicine will be introduced. Clinical counseling on general metabolic issues will be presented with a focus on weight maintenance.
NUTR6002 : MICRONUTRIENTS
3.00 credits: This course presents the basic biochemistry of vitamins, minerals, accessory nutrients and their interactions on human cellular metabolism. The course includes a review of micronutrients from a historical perspective; the dietary recommended intakes as stated by government and health organizations; food sources of micronutrients; nutrient functions with respect to human physiological functions; signs and symptoms of deficiencies and toxicities; knowledge of dosages for absorbable forms of each nutrient; as well as current evidence on nutrient interactions.
NUTR6003 : NUTRITION ASSESSMENT
3.00 credits: This course surveys the assessment tools that will enable the clinician to advise patients on available nutritional options to increase health. Students will utilize an evidenced-based approach to review the methodology, application, implications, strengths and limitations of the assessment tools presented. Drug induced nutrient depletion will be discussed as part of the assessment process. Based on laboratory assessments, students will explore how to develop an individualized therapy program for a client. Students will evaluate case studies of specific nutrient deficient states as well as case studies of sports nutrition issues.
NUTR6004 : WOMEN'S HEALTH - SPECIAL TOPICS
3.00 credits: This course presents the unique nutrition requirements of women related to reproductive health and fertility, pregnancy, lactation, cancer, obesity, and stress related issues. Emphasis is placed on nutritional recommendations that maximize health and promote wellness in these different experiences of a woman's life. Evidence based information on these health issues will be emphasized in the curriculum.
NUTR6005 : LIFECYCLE NUTRITION
3.00 credits: This course presents the fundamentals of nutrition and health through each stage of life from childhood to old age. Nutritional interventions that apply to each part of the life cycle are presented. Case studies representing each stage in the life cycle are reviewed with consideration to socioeconomic and cultural diversity, physiological principles, and nutritional recommendations. Effective client counseling strategies will be practiced by the students.
NUTR6006 : CONCEPTS IN HOLISTIC NUTRITION
3.00 credits: This course uses an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate potential therapeutic interventions based upon relevance, validity, and potential benefit or harm. Therapeutic use of herbs and potential herb/drug interaction will be evaluated by students using specific case studies. Food as medicine will also be reviewed from the cultural context of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and the history of Western nutrition theory.
NUTR6007 : CLINICAL NUTRITION I: GI DISORDERS
3.00 credits: This course evaluates the use of nutrition therapy to address cases of gastro-intestinal disorders. The physiology and biochemistry of the gastro-intestinal system is explored in detail and related to specific disease states. Esophogeal disorders, ulcers, Crohn's disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lactose Intolerance, Colitis, altered microbial gut flora, and additional GI topics will be addressed in detail to understand the nutritive support that is required for relief of symptoms or reduced progress of the disease. This course provides the functional foundations of digestion that will be related to in the following clinical nutrition courses. Practical nutritional applications and current available evidence will be reviewed and case studies will be developed by the students.
NUTR6008 : CLINICAL NUTRITION II: ENDOCRINE DISORDERS
3.00 credits: This course evaluates the use of nutrition therapy to address cases of endocrine gland dysfunction and neurological disorders. The physiology and biochemistry of the endocrine system is explored in detail and related to specific disease states. Pancreas, adrenal, thyroid, prostate, ovary, hypothalamus physiology and dysfunction along with related chronic diseases will be addressed in detail to understand the nutritive support that is required to promote normal function. ADHD, Schizophrenia, Autism, and Depression / Anxiety will be discussed to understand how nutrition therapy can assist the care of patients presenting these symptoms. Practical nutritional applications and current available evidence will be reviewed and case studies will be developed by the students.
NUTR6009 : CLINICAL NUTRITION III: INFLAMMATION
3.00 credits: The course evaluates the use of nutrition therapy in cases of inflammation, pain, and autoimmune disorders. The physiology and biochemistry of the inflammatory process is explored in detail and related to the process of nociception and pain. Chronic inflammation and various degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, eczema, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other conditions will be discussed as they relate to inflammation symptoms. Practical nutritional applications including both dietary therapies and supplements directed at reducing inflammation are reviewed along with current available evidence.
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