KU's Dietetics and Integrative Medicine graduate certificate program offers an opportunity for working professionals or graduate students to acquire knowledge to function as a skilled advisor to the patient and a collaborative member of multidisciplinary health care teams. The program is open to students with bachelor's or master's degrees in dietetics, nutrition, biological sciences or other healthcare professions.
The program explores a personalized approach to prevention and treatment of chronic disease that embraces conventional and complementary therapies. It reaffirms the importance of the therapeutic relationship, a focus on the whole person, lifestyle, biochemical individuality and environmental influences.
This is an online program only, with no campus visits required. The 12 credit hours are delivered as web-based courses, affording great flexibility to students. The curriculum includes the following four courses, with one course offered per semester:
DN 880 Dietary and Herbal Supplements (3 hrs)
DN 881 Introduction to Dietetics and Integrative Medicine (3 hrs)
DN 882 A Nutrition Approach to Inflammation and Immune Regulation (3 hrs)
DN 980 Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics in Health and Disease (3 hrs)
The program may be started fall, spring or summer semester. However, courses must be completed in a designated order, so please contact an adviser for details.
DN 880 Dietary and Herbal Supplements (3)
Develop skills to partner with patients in making dietary supplement decisions. Explore the safe, efficacious use of botanicals and supplements in nutritional support of aging, maternal health and wellness. Discussions on supplementation in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease include: arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, digestive, mood and renal disorders. Prerequisite: Human physiology is advisable. Course offered each year, usually summer.
DN 881 Introduction to Dietetics and Integrative Medicine (3)
Introduction to principles guiding the practice of integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy; clinical application of the nutrition care process (assessing, diagnosing, intervening, monitoring, and evaluating) toward restoring function for an individual client; focusing on the unique nutritional imbalances characteristic of chronic disease pathophysiology; supporting individuals with persistent symptoms; preventing chronic disease. Prerequisites: Introductory genetics, medical nutrition therapy, or consent of instructor. Course offered each year, usually fall.
DN 882 A Nutrition Approach to Inflammation and Immune Regulation (3)
Inflammation and immune dysregulation is common in chronic disease. The course presents the integrative medicine approach to identify the underlying causes of inflammatory and immune-related conditions and associated nutritional influences; applies individualized nutritional interventions, as powerful modulators of the pathophysiology of inflammatory and immune responses. Prerequisites: Medical nutrition therapy, genetics or consent of instructor. Course offered once a year, usually spring.
DN 980 Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics in Health and Disease (3)
A review of nuclear receptors and their mechanisms of action with specific examples of regulation by nutrients (retinoids, fatty acids), amino acid control of gene expression, lipid sensors (PPARs), selenoprotein expression, and functional genomic studies (atherosclerosis, cancer, obesity, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, inflammation) with relationships to nutrient intake and polymorphisms. Prerequisite: DN 836, 895 or 896 or permission of instructor. Course offered each year, usually summer.