Course Descriptions

DN 800 Selected Topics in Clinical Dietetics (1-6 credits) A learner-centered, self paced study of topics in applied clinical dietetics. Independent modules are offered to address the science and art of nutritional care relating to specific issues in clinical dietetics. Topics will be grouped in various combinations to provide flexibility of choice. Students may enroll in one or more topics for a total of six credit hours.

DN 810 Nutritional Assessment (3 credits) Methods and tools used in screening and assessment of nutritional status of individuals and population groups are studied. Assessment methodology includes dietary surveys, computerized dietary intake analysis, anthropometric measures, biochemical measures and clinical evaluations. Laboratory experiences are provided to allow students practice time for learning and applying assessment techniques.

DN 817 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition (1 credit) Seminar designed to promote effectiveness of professional written and oral communication, increase knowledge of research, and review content information in selected topics in dietetics.

DN 818 Seminar in Dietetics & Nutrition II ( 1 credit) To promote effectiveness of professional written and oral communication, to increase knowledge of research, and to review content information in selected areas in dietetics.

DN 819 Scientific Writing for the Nutritional Sciences ( 1 credit) Research proposal preparation and / or scientific manuscript writing experience.  This course will provide the student with an overview of the steps used in proposal writing and/or the steps in preparation of a scientific manuscript for publication.

DN 820 Nutrition Education Skills for School Teachers (3 credits, available online) This graduate level course will expand understanding of nutrition and healthy eating for classroom teachers and other professionals who work with children. The course has a special emphasis on child and adolescent nutrition and how to translate nutrition facts into classroom applications and school-based interventions. Course topics will include healthy food choices, nutrition guidelines, nutrients, energy balance and weight, child and adolescent nutrition, and nutrition education in the classroom, school-based nutrition interventions, and measuring outcomes of nutrition interventions. Students must be classroom teachers or consent of instructor.

DN 822 Management Dietetics & Nutrition I (1-2 credits) Managerial skills in health care quality improvement and food service are practiced.  Students are typically enrolled in DN 827 Practicum supervised practice experiences associated with the dietetic internship.  Prerequisite: food service systems or commensurate practical experience.

DN 823 Management Dietetics & Nutrition II (2 credits) Managerial style is related to food policy, financial benchmarking and applied nutrition practice.  Students are typically enrolled in DN 827 Practicum  supervised practice experiences associated with the dietetic internship.  Prerequisite: food service systems or commensurate practical experience.

DN 825 Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 credits) Course content introduces the student into the concepts of an intermediate study of nutritional therapy of disease.  Course content includes evidence based practice  in prevention and nutritional management of diseases.  Patient assessment and medical chart documentation are  covered.  Elements of pathology and biochemistry of the nutrition related problems are integrated into course topics.  This course is designed for students enrolled in the dietetic internship but students from other departments may enroll with consent of instructor.  Prerequisite:  Undergraduate coursework in nutrition, diet therapy, biochemistry and physiology or consent of instructor.

DN 826 Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 credits) Course content includes current nutrition theory and evidence based practice in prevention and treatment of disease.  Advanced therapies and patient management in nutrition support will be discussed.  Course topics include pediatric nutrition, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, renal disease, and gastrointestinal diseases.  Elements of pathology and biochemistry of the nutrition related problems are integrated into course topics.  This course is designed for students enrolled in the dietetic internship but students from other departments may enroll with consent of instructor.  Prerequisite:  Undergraduate coursework in nutrition, diet therapy, biochemistry and physiology, DN 825 or consent of instructor.

DN 828 Clinical Education in Dietetics (2-3 credits) A study of teaching methods appropriate for use in a clinical setting. Emphasis on development of instructional objectives, learning situations, and methods of evaluations to be used in clinical teaching in dietetics. Consent of instructor required.

DN 829 Nutrition and Aging (2 credits) An overview of nutrition and the aging process. Physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of aging, theories of aging, internal and external factors related to nutrient intake, and nutrient needs will be considered.

DN 830 Food Technology (2-3 credits) Consideration of current food processing methods and the factors affecting the palatability and nutritive value of human foods. Course includes pertinent information regarding the protection of the food supply.

DN 834 Methods of Research in Nutrition (3 credits) A study of basic research terminology and designs commonly used in nutrition research. Topics include: research on animals, tissue culture and human subjects; qualitative, quantitative and outcomes research; ethical issues in research; dissemination of research findings; and appropriate use of research findings. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

DN 836 Biochemical, Physiological and Genetic Aspects of Human Nutrition (3 credits) The topics covered will deal with the interrelationships of biochemistry, physiology, genetics, and nutrition. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of how the coordination of structure and function is related to the metabolic needs of the cell and its response to the environment. This integrated approach will form a basis for evaluating nutritional needs of humans. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

DN 838 Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 credits, available online) This course provides an in-depth study of the pathophysiology of nutritional disease. Those functional disorders which result in nutritional disease or those nutritional diseases which affect physiological function will be explored. The emphasis will be in the following areas: endocrinology, metabolism, and gastroenterology. Those pathological disorders which result in nutritional disease or those nutrition diseases which affect physiological function will be explored.

DN 839 Clinical Aspects of Nutrition Support (3 credits) Specialized nutrition assessment and support. Review of energy expenditure and substrate utilization in specific disease states. Current methods for the initiation and management of enteral and parenteral nutrition therapy including access, metabolic and mechanical complications. Evaluation of nutrition support methodology in selected disease states.

DN 840 Advanced Topics in Nutrition (1-2 credits, available online) Reading and preparation of a paper and/or oral presentation on a selected subject in nutrition. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

DN 841 International Nutrition (1-3 credits) A study of global public health and nutrition concerns in various nations, assessment of nutritional status of diverse populations, international health and nutrition organizations, policies, and interventions.  We explore the roles of dietitians, nutritionists, and others in creating and implementing international public health and nutrition policies and interventions. To enroll in the course you must be a student in the Graduate Certificate Dietetic Internship Program, the Dietetics and Nutrition Master of Science Program, or the Great Plains IDEA, or have the consent of the instructor. Cross-listed with DIET 841.

DN 842 United States Public Health Nutrition (1-3 credits) A study of U.S. public health and nutrition concerns in diverse U.S. populations, assessment of nutritional status in communities, health communication, nutrition policies and community based nutrition interventions.  Exploration of the roles of dietitians, nutritionists, and others in developing and delivering nutrition policies and interventions in U.S. communities. Prerequisite: Must be a student in the Graduate Certificate Dietetic Internship Program, the Dietetics and Nutrition Master of Science Program, or the Great Plains IDEA, or have the consent of the instructor.

DN 854 Special Problems in Dietetics and Nutrition (1-4 credits) Directed study of special problems in nutrition or nutrition care. This course provides for the individual or group study of special problems. Through directed readings, investigations, and projects the student acquires information with reference to questions in dietetics and nutrition not covered in organized courses. (Non-Thesis Research Requirement)

DN 857 Motivational Interviewing in Public Health Settings (1 credits) This course is designed to introduce participants to Motivational Interviewing, its concepts, and to the subsequent skills required for helping people to change.

DN 862 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 credits, available online) This course is a critical examination of behavioral, physiological, and public health issues impacting dietary and nutritional factors that support normal growth and development. The course content focuses on the early stages of the life cycle: gestation, lactation, infancy, preschool, school age and adolescence. Topics include the fetal programming hypothesis, growth and nutritional requirements, breast and formula feeding of infants, infant weaning, and eating behaviors that lead to normal growth, growth faltering, and pediatric obesity. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

DN 865 Nutrition in Sports and Exercise (3 credits) Exercise physiology and nutrient requirements in sports and exercise: macronutrient, micronutrient and fluid needs of athletes engaged in specific sports, pre/post exercise meals, gender specific requirements, role of ergogenic aids, eating disorders, and role of exercise in weight management and chronic disease. Prerequisites: Biochemistry and /or exercise physiology class or permission of instructor.

DN 870 Health Behavior Counseling (3 credits) Theoretical and applied issues in health behavior counseling. Students will learn the theories of behavior change and how to apply these to health care issues. Specific health behaviors (i.e., dietary changes, smoking cessation, exercise adherence) will be discussed in the context of chronic disease for children, adults and the elderly. Effective methods of counseling patients and promoting changes on an individual and small group basis will be presented.

DN 875 Pediatric Clinical Nutrition (3 credits, available online) This course examines the physiological, biochemical and nutritional aspects of disease processes relevant to infants and children up to 18 years of age. Medical nutrition therapy for a variety of medical conditions found in this population will be discussed including inborn errors of metabolism, food hypersensitivity, obesity, and diseases of the major organ systems. Prerequisite Applied Clinical Nutrition or equivalent or consent of instructor.

DN 876 Interventions for the Prevention of Obesity (3 credits, available online) This course emphasizes obesity in a population group ranging from childhood to the adult. Course materials will examine the impact of obese conditions on disease development throughout the life cycle. The course will critically analyze current evidence focused on interventions used in the behavioral and clinical management of overweight and obese individuals in community and clinical settings. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

DN 880 Dietary and Herbal Supplements (2-3 credits, available online) Designed to develop the health professional's skills in partnering with patients to make dietary supplement decisions. Students will investigate the use of botanicals and dietary supplements in nutritional support of aging, maternal health and wellness. Discussion on supplementation in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease will include: arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, digestive, liver and renal disorders, memory deficits, and ophthalmic dysfunctions. Prerequisite is an undergraduate degree completion of a course in human physiology is advisable. Lectures, journal readings, web-enhanced coursework and self-study of recommended resources on dietary and herbal supplements are educational methods used in this course. To be eligible for 2 hours credit the student will complete an investigation of a dietary or herbal supplement and present their findings to classmates on-line or in person.

DN 885 Nutritional Biochemistry (3 credits). The course is designed to facilitate the understanding of biochemical principles and concepts to human nutrition. The course content will include structure and functions of biological nutrients-Water, Proteins & Enzymes, Carbohydrates, Lipids and Minerals. Topics like bioenergetics; intermediary metabolism, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and amino acids; regulation of metabolism of macromolecules will be included. Biochemistry of cellular signaling including membrane structure and function, hormones, and signal transduction will be also included. Topics like nucleic acids, gene expression and regulation will be covered.

DN 890 Graduate Research (1-4 credits). Individual investigation of special problems in dietetics and nutrition or hospital dietary administration approved by the student's adviser or advisory committee. Investigation involves original research.

DN 895 Advanced Macronutrients and Integrated Metabolism (3 credits) Energy-containing macronutrients and fiber presented from the perspective of their importance in human nutrition. Structural properties, digestion, absorption and metabolism are emphasized. Fuel utilization in response to food intake and exercise, cellular and whole-animal energetic and energy balance integrate metabolism. Students take an active role in presenting and discussing and exhibit advanced skills in analysis and presentation. Prerequisite: Biochemistry

DN 896 Advanced Micronutrients and Integrated Metabolism (3 credits). Vitamins and minerals presented from the perspective of their requirements as nutrients for normal human physiological functions with emphasis on their underlying roles in structure, function and metabolism, Students take an active role in selecting, presenting and discussing recent published research and to exhibit advanced skills in analysis and presentation. Prerequisites: Biochemistry.

DN 897 Micronutrient Research in Human Nutrition (1 credit). Students design a research study focused ona vitaminor mineral. A written proposal will be submitted and presented orally and defended in class. Students will be evaluated on the basis of the plausibility, feasibility, originality and defense of the research proposal. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

DN 899 Thesis (1-6 credits). Scholarly essay based on research, written under the guidance of the student's adviser. Credit given upon meeting thesis requirements for the master's degree. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

DN 900 Techniques in Nutrition Research (3 credits) A series of seven laboratory modules emphasizing quantitative methods and experimental analysis.  The series of modules will be team taught by departmental faculty.  Each module requires data collection, data analysis, and written interpretation or report.  Instrumentation, dietary assessment software utilization and cellular microtechniques will be emphasized.  Students will be responsible for learning one technique practices in an outside laboratory setting.  Students will rotate between the module sequence based on the number of students enrolled in the class.

DN 901 Graduate Seminar in Nutrition (1 credit) Advanced course examining current research topics in nutrition. Extensive student and faculty interaction is emphasized utilizing lectures, class discussion of selected scientific readings and oral presentations.  Prerequisites:  Admission to PhD program in Dietetics and Nutrition or permission of instructor.

DN 980  Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics in Health and Disease (3 credits) Nuclear receptors and their mechanisms of action, nutritional control of gene expression and functional genomic studies with relationships to nutrient intake and polymorphisms. Prerequisites: DN 836, 895, 896 or permission of instructor.  

DN 990 Doctoral Research (1 – 7 credits) Original and independent investigation approved by and conducted under the supervision of the student's advisor or advisory committee.  This course is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree.   Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Restricted to Dietetics & Nutrition PhD candidates or consent of DN advisor.  Students must have completed the qualifying exam.

DN 999 Dissertation (1 – 6 credits) Preparation of the written dissertation based upon original research and in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Prerequisite: DN 990 or consent of advisor.

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