Mission Statement & Intended Learning Outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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.
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
- The fundamentals of nutrition assessment in
- Essential nutrient needs for health.
- Current research evidence for efficacy of vitamin,
mineral, phytochemical, and herbal medicine.
- Drug-Nutrient interactions.
- Common Medical Nutrition therapy for the maintenance
of health and treatment of disease.
- Training and credentialing standards for Nutrition
- Basic definitions, theory, philosophy, and history
of nutrition science and the most commonly used medical nutrition
- How personal, cultural, ethnic, and spiritual beliefs
shape an individual's nutritional practices.
- Reputable resources for in-depth information
related to nutrition science and Medical Nutrition therapy.
- The relationship of nutrition and metabolism
and the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.
- Locate reputable information resources for
nutrition science and Medical nutrition therapy.
- Encourage doctor-patient communication by creating
collaborative relationships based on mutual respect.
- Design a personal self-care program based on
the components of a nutrition assessment.
- Develop focused questions regarding the application
of principles of medical nutrition therapy.
- Diagnose nutrition disorders, prescribe therapeutic
diets, and provide preliminary counseling on specific nutrient
- Recognize the need for medical nutrition therapy
to improve the nutrition health of the public/community.
- Recognize the impact of early medical nutrition
intervention on the prevention of health risks.
- Improve the nutritional health of the public
through appropriate referral to qualified dietetics professional
for comprehensive nutrition services.
Professionalism outcomes: Attitudes, Behaviors,
- Understanding of the impact of lifestyle on
health, and the ways one can modify lifestyle to affect disease/promote
- Understanding of thephysical growth and development
of the human body from conception to death.
- Understanding of normal structure and function
of the body.
- Understanding of the molecular, biochemical,
and cellular mechanisms that are important in maintaining the body's
- 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.
- Health maintenance and preventive nutrition care.
- Ability to recognize limitations in one's knowledge.
- Knowledge of diverse and changing society.
- Knowledge of bio-psycho-social spiritual model
of health care.
- Knowledge of theories of self care and health
- Openness to self-examination of beliefs and values.
- Ability to use medical nutrition therapy (such
as nutrition assessment methods, behavioral counseling) for personal
self care, if desired.