Sequence Mission Statement & Intended Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement
Students will be provided with a scientific and clinical foundation in nutrition and will be able to demonstrate competency in Medical Nutrition Therapy in ambulatory and hospitalized patients.

Intended Learning Outcomes
These intended learning objectives are derived from recommendations from the American Association of Clinical Nutrition, American Association of Nutrition Sciences, American Board of Nutrition, American College of Nutrition, American Medical Association, Institute of Medicine, American Society for Parental and Enteral Nutrition, and the American Dietetic Association.

Knowledge Outcomes
Understanding of:

  1. The fundamentals of nutrition assessment in clinical care.
  2. Essential nutrient needs for health.
  3. Current research evidence for efficacy of vitamin, mineral, phytochemical, and herbal medicine.
  4. Drug-Nutrient interactions.
  5. Common Medical Nutrition therapy for the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.
  6. Training and credentialing standards for Nutrition specialty.
  7. Basic definitions, theory, philosophy, and history of nutrition science and the most commonly used medical nutrition therapies.
  8. How personal, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual beliefs shape an individual's nutritional practices.
  9. Reputable resources for in-depth information related to nutrition science and Medical Nutrition therapy.
  10. The relationship of nutrition and metabolism and the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.

Skills Outcomes
Ability to:

  1. Locate reputable information resources for nutrition science and Medical nutrition therapy.
  2. Encourage doctor-patient communication by creating collaborative relationships based on mutual respect.
  3. Design a personal self-care program based on the components of a nutrition assessment.
  4. Develop focused questions regarding the application of principles of medical nutrition therapy.
  5. Diagnose nutrition disorders, prescribe therapeutic diets, and provide preliminary counseling on specific nutrient needs.
  6. Recognize the need for medical nutrition therapy to improve the nutrition health of the public/community.
  7. Recognize the impact of early medical nutrition intervention on the prevention of health risks.
  8. Improve the nutritional health of the public through appropriate referral to qualified dietetics professional for comprehensive nutrition services.

Professionalism outcomes: Attitudes, Behaviors, and characteristics
Demonstration of:

  1. Understanding of the impact of lifestyle on health, and the ways one can modify lifestyle to affect disease/promote health.
  2. Understanding of thephysical growth and development of the human body from conception to death.
  3. Understanding of normal structure and function of the body.
  4. Understanding of the molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms that are important in maintaining the body's homeostatsis.
  5. Understanding of some non-biological determinants of health and economic, psychological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to the development and/or continuation of maladies.
  6. Health maintenance and preventive nutrition care.
  7. Ability to recognize limitations in one's knowledge.
  8. Knowledge of diverse and changing society.
  9. Knowledge of bio-psycho-social spiritual model of health care.
  10. Knowledge of theories of self care and health promotion.
  11. Openness to self-examination of beliefs and values.
  12. Ability to use medical nutrition therapy (such as nutrition assessment methods, behavioral counseling) for personal self care, if desired.

Produced by The Learning Resource Center - Office of Medical Student Education
Initial development by Virginia Uhley, PhD, RD
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