2015-16 General Bulletin

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School of Medicine, Room WG 48
http://www.case.edu/med/nutrition/index.html
Phone: 216.368.2440; Fax: 216.368.6644
Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RD, Interim Chair

Pamela Woodruff, Graduate Student Coordinator

The department’s focus is on human nutrition and the application of the science of nutrition to health promotion and disease prevention. Undergraduate programs are designed for students interested in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, clinical nutrition, professional study in dietetics, public health nutrition, medicine, physical therapy, pharmacy or dentistry. Graduate programs emphasize dietetics, public health nutrition, nutritional biochemistry and clinical nutrition.

The Department of Nutrition offers programs leading to the bachelor of science degree in nutrition, bachelor of arts degree in nutrition, bachelor of arts degree in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, bachelor of science degree in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, master of science degree in nutrition,  a master of public health/master of science nutrition dual degree program and doctor of philosophy degree. A nutrition minor is available. Graduate certificate programs are available in areas such as maternal and infant  nutrition or gerontology. The certifications are in addition to the basic graduate degree.

Human Nutrition  |  Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism  |  Minors

Undergraduate Degrees (NTRN)

Major Programs

The undergraduate degree in nutrition is appropriate for students who wish to:

  1. pursue graduate programs in nutritional biochemistry, dietetics, public health and community nutrition or other biomedical sciences
  2. enter professional schools of dentistry, medicine, physical therapy, or pharmacy 
  3. apply to dietetic internships or approved experience programs in order to prepare for the professional practice of dietetics
  4. pursue careers with the government or in the food or pharmaceutical industry

This major offers flexibility in course selection within a framework of general program requirements. The selection of courses depends on the student’s choice of emphasis. Students wishing to qualify for admission to professional or graduate programs need to include specific courses considered prerequisites for admission. Students interested in applying to dietetic internships must meet specific course requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as required by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. These requirements are met in the courses that comprise the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). The DPD at Case Western Reserve University is currently granted Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800.877.1600. A department advisor should be consulted in the freshman year to plan the dietetics course work.

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Human Nutrition

Bachelor of Science degree requires:

Required Courses:
NTRN 201Nutrition3
NTRN 342Food Science3
NTRN 342LFood Science Lab2
NTRN 343Dietary Patterns3
NTRN 363Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals3
NTRN 364Human Nutrition II: Vitamins3
NTRN 397SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar3
NTRN 398SAGES Senior Capstone Experience3
Three nutrition electives chosen from:9
NTRN 328Child Nutrition, Development and Health3
Food Service Systems Management
Guided Study in Nutrition Practice
Energy Dysregulation: From Obesity to Anorexia
Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Pathophysiology
Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Clinical Applications
Special Problems *
Seminar in Nutrition
Undergraduate Research *
Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation
Pediatric Nutrition
Evaluation of Nutrition Information for Consumers
Dietary Supplements
Nutrition for the Aging and Aged
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
Advanced Community Nutrition
Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
Additional Required Courses:
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 113Principles of Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I (before NTRN 363)3
BIOL 214Genes, Evolution and Ecology3
BIOL 216Development and Physiology3
or BIOL 340
  & BIOL 346
Human Physiology
   and Human Anatomy
BIOL 216LDevelopment and Physiology Lab1
BIOC 307Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science4
One of the following:3
Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences
Statistical Methods I
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences
Total Units60
*

 Only one of these courses is permitted

400 level courses require instructor consent


Bachelor of Arts degree requires:

Required Courses:
NTRN 201Nutrition3
NTRN 342Food Science3
NTRN 342LFood Science Lab2
NTRN 343Dietary Patterns3
NTRN 363Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals3
NTRN 364Human Nutrition II: Vitamins3
NTRN 397SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar3
NTRN 398SAGES Senior Capstone Experience3
Two nutrition electives chosen from the following:6
Child Nutrition, Development and Health
Food Service Systems Management
Guided Study in Nutrition Practice
Energy Dysregulation: From Obesity to Anorexia
Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Pathophysiology
Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Clinical Applications
Special Problems *
Seminar in Nutrition
Undergraduate Research *
Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation
Pediatric Nutrition
Evaluation of Nutrition Information for Consumers
Dietary Supplements
Nutrition for the Aging and Aged
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
Advanced Community Nutrition
Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
Additional required courses:
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I3
BIOC 307Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science4
BIOL 214Genes, Evolution and Ecology3
BIOL 216Development and Physiology3
or BIOL 340
  & BIOL 346
Human Physiology
   and Human Anatomy
BIOL 216LDevelopment and Physiology Lab1
Total Units49
*

Only one of these courses is permitted

400 level Nutrition courses require instructor consent

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition - Human Nutrition Major Example Plan of Study

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)3  
Nutrition (NTRN 201)3  
SAGES First Seminar4  
Genes, Evolution and Ecology (BIOL 214)3  
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)  3
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 113)  2
SAGES Breadth Requirements  9
Year Total: 13 14
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
NTRN Electives6  
Introductory Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 223)3  
SAGES University Seminar3  
Development and Physiology (BIOL 216)3  
Development and Physiology Lab (BIOL 216L)1  
SAGES University Seminar  3
Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences (STAT 201)  3
Electives  6
Dietary Patterns (NTRN 343)  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science (BIOC 307)4  
SAGES Breadth Requirements6  
Food Science (NTRN 342)3  
Food Science Lab (NTRN 342L)2  
Nutrition Elective  3
Elective  3
SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar (NTRN 397)  3
SAGES Breadth Requirements  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
SAGES Senior Capstone Experience (NTRN 398)3  
Electives9  
Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals (NTRN 363)3  
Human Nutrition II: Vitamins (NTRN 364)  3
Nutrition Elective  3
Electives  9
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  118

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Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism

Bachelor of Arts degree requires:

Required courses:
NTRN 201Nutrition3
NTRN 342Food Science3
NTRN 342LFood Science Lab2
NTRN 363Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals3
NTRN 364Human Nutrition II: Vitamins3
NTRN 397SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar3
NTRN 398SAGES Senior Capstone Experience3
NTRN 452Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism3
One nutrition elective at 300-level (or above with instructor consent)3
Additional required courses:
MATH 125Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I4
or MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I
MATH 126Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II4
or MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 113Principles of Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 224Introductory Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 324 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
BIOL 214Genes, Evolution and Ecology3
BIOL 215Cells and Proteins3
BIOL 216Development and Physiology3
or BIOL 340
  & BIOL 346
Human Physiology
   and Human Anatomy
BIOL 216LDevelopment and Physiology Lab1
PHYS 115Introductory Physics I4
or PHYS 121 General Physics I - Mechanics
PHYS 116Introductory Physics II4
or PHYS 122 General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism
BIOC 307Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science4
BIOC 334Structural Biology3
or BIOC 312 Proteins and Enzymes
or NTRN 454 Isotope Tracer Methodology
Total Units77


Bachelor of Science degree requires:

Required courses:
NTRN 201Nutrition3
NTRN 342Food Science3
NTRN 342LFood Science Lab2
NTRN 363Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals3
NTRN 364Human Nutrition II: Vitamins3
NTRN 397SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar3
NTRN 398SAGES Senior Capstone Experience3
NTRN 452Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism3
One nutrition elective at 300-level (or above with instructor consent)3
Additional required courses:
MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 113Principles of Chemistry Laboratory2
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 224Introductory Organic Chemistry II3
or CHEM 324 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
BIOL 214Genes, Evolution and Ecology3
BIOL 215Cells and Proteins3
BIOL 216Development and Physiology3
or BIOL 340
  & BIOL 346
Human Physiology
   and Human Anatomy
BIOL 216LDevelopment and Physiology Lab1
PHYS 115Introductory Physics I4
or PHYS 121 General Physics I - Mechanics
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 116Introductory Physics II4
or PHYS 122 General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
BIOC 307Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science4
BIOC 334Structural Biology3
or BIOC 312 Proteins and Enzymes
or NTRN 454 Isotope Tracer Methodology
One of the following
Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences
Statistical Theory with Application I
Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science
Statistics for Experimenters
Total Units86

Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition - Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism Major Example Plan of Study

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I (MATH 125)4  
Nutrition (NTRN 201)3  
Genes, Evolution and Ecology (BIOL 214)3  
SAGES First Seminar4  
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)3  
SAGES Breadth Requirements  3
Cells and Proteins (BIOL 215)  3
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 113)  2
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II (MATH 126)  4
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)  3
Year Total: 17 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (CHEM 233)2  
Introductory Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 223)3  
Development and Physiology (BIOL 216)
& Development and Physiology Lab (BIOL 216L)
4  
SAGES University Seminar3  
Electives3  
Introductory Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 224)  3
Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM 234)  2
Nutrition Elective  3
Elective  3
SAGES University Seminar  3
Year Total: 15 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science (BIOC 307)4  
Introductory Physics I (PHYS 115)4  
Food Science (NTRN 342)3  
Food Science Lab (NTRN 342L)2  
SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar (NTRN 397)  3
Elective  3
Introductory Physics II (PHYS 116)  4
SAGES Breadth Requirement  6
Year Total: 13 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
SAGES Senior Capstone Experience (NTRN 398)3  
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (NTRN 452)3  
Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals (NTRN 363)3  
Elective3  
Nutrition Elective (if not already taken)  3
Human Nutrition II: Vitamins (NTRN 364)  3
Structural Biology (BIOC 334)  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 12 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  114

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Minor Programs

The basic sequence for a minor program consists of the following:

Required courses:
NTRN 201Nutrition3
NTRN 328Child Nutrition, Development and Health3
NTRN 342Food Science3
NTRN 343Dietary Patterns3
Three credits selected from:3
Food Service Systems Management
Energy Dysregulation: From Obesity to Anorexia
Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals
Human Nutrition II: Vitamins
Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Pathophysiology
Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Clinical Applications
Seminar in Nutrition
Total Units15

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

The following courses must be included in the program.

Required courses:
NTRN 201Nutrition3
NTRN 342Food Science3
NTRN 342LFood Science Lab2
NTRN 343Dietary Patterns3
NTRN 351Food Service Systems Management3
NTRN 360Guided Study in Nutrition Practice3
NTRN 363Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals3
NTRN 364Human Nutrition II: Vitamins3
NTRN 365Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Pathophysiology4
NTRN 366Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Clinical Applications3
NTRN 550AAdvanced Community Nutrition (or NTRN 528)3
BIOC 307Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science4
BIOL 216Development and Physiology3
BIOL 343Microbiology3
CHEM 223Introductory Organic Chemistry I3
ENGL 150Expository Writing ( or SAGES Writing Portfolio)3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology3
One of the following:3-4
Educational Psychology
Psychology of Learning
Cognitive Psychology
One of the following:3
Health, Culture, and Disease: An Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Health, Illness, and Social Behavior
One of the following:3
Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences
Statistical Methods I
Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences
Statistical Theory with Application I
Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science
Statistics for Experimenters
Total Units61-62

Masters Degrees

The Department of Nutrition offers four distinct programs leading to Masters Degrees: (1) MS in Nutrition (2) MS in Public Health Nutrition Internship (3) Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program and (4) Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nutrition Dual Degree Program.

MS Nutrition 

This degree program offers two options. For those pursuing the thesis option, 30 semester hours of a planned program of study are required, including six to nine semester hours of research, as well as a final oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis option requires 30 semester hours and a final written, comprehensive examination.

All candidates are required to take 18 semester hours of nutrition, including six hours of advanced human nutrition. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue complementary studies in the biomedical, social and behavioral sciences. The plan of study may vary considerably depending on the education, goals and specific interests of each student. Students may elect to focus on nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and molecular nutrition. The individual program also may be planned to fulfill the academic requirements for dietetic registration (Didactic Program in Dietetics).

MS in Public Health Nutrition Internship Program 

The primary goal of this program is to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for employment in public health or community agencies. A minimum of 30 semester hours of combined academic work and supervised practice is required to earn the degree. Supervised practice is concurrent with coursework utilizing local agencies for translation of theory and science into practice. The program includes an eight to ten week experience in an out of state public health agency that has a strong nutrition program.

In addition to the public health nutrition curriculum, students may elect to complete a certificate in Maternal and Child Nutrition or Gerontology. Specialty certificates may require completion of additional coursework. If a certificate program is selected, supervised practice will be geared toward the specific population group.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

MS in Public Health Nutrition Internship Program

General Option: Plan of Study

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Introduction to Public Health Nutrition (NTRN 528)3    
Nutritional Epidemiology (NTRN 529)3    
Nutrition for the Aging and Aged (NTRN 440)3    
Elective: Any NTRN 400 or 500 level course3    
Public Health Nutrition (NTRN 530)  3  
Public Health Nutrition Field Experience (NTRN 531)  3  
Elective: Any NTRN 400 or 500 level course  3  
Public Health Nutrition Field Experience (NTRN 531)    3
Year Total: 12 9 3
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Pediatric Nutrition (NTRN 436)3    
Public Health Nutrition Field Experience (NTRN 531)3    
Year Total: 6    
 
Total Units in Sequence:   30

Maternal and Child Nutrition Certificate Requirements

NTRN 435Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation3
NTRN 436Pediatric Nutrition3
NTRN 533Nutritional Care of Neonate3
NTRN 532CSpecialized Public Health Nutrition Field Experience3
Total Units12

Gerontology Certificate Requirements

NTRN 440Nutrition for the Aging and Aged3
GERO 498Seminar in Gerontological Studies3
NTRN 532CSpecialized Public Health Nutrition Field Experience3
Total Units9

Coordinated Dietetic Internship/

Master’s Degree Program

The Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program combines academic work with clinical practice at either of the dietetic internships at University Hospitals of Cleveland or the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center or Cleveland Clinic. A minimum of 27 semester hours is required. Admission is contingent on the student’s being selected and matched to one of the hospitals. Appointment to these internships follows the admission procedure outlined by the Accreditation Council for education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 Coursework is planned individually with the student's academic advisor.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Seminar in Dietetics I (NTRN 516)4  
Investigative Methods in Nutrition (NTRN 561)3  
Seminar in Dietetics II (NTRN 517)  4
Electives: Any NTRN 400 or 500 level courses and/or graduate course in basic science or social science  3
Year Total: 7 7
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Electives: Any NTRN 400 or 500 level courses and/or graduate course in basic science or social science13  
Year Total: 13  
 
Total Units in Sequence:  27

Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nutrition Dual Degree Program

This is a dual degree program that is offered jointly by the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Nutrition.  The core Master Degree courses include a mixture of those from nutrition, biochemistry and public health. 

The trained graduate could be employed in a wide variety of settings, including (but not limited to) local, state, national, or global public policy, governmental public health, hospital outreach, community-based health non-profit organizations, health organizations, research projects; or the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, these graduates could serve as health emissaries to foreign countries regarding nutrition, sufficient food supply, sanitary environment, food safety, oral rehydration, or the advisability of food supplements. 

The MPH/Nutrition dual degree is envisioned with students able to apply for either degree, then later join the other; or apply directly for the joint degree.   Both the MPH and MS programs confer degrees through the School of Graduate Studies and as such are subject to Graduate Studies rules and procedures. Both programs are housed in the School of Medicine. 

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science (BIOC 407)4  
History and Philosophy of Public Health (MPHP 406)3  
Introduction to Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (MPHP 483)3  
Research & Evaluation Methods (MPHP 403)3  
Molecular Biology (BIOC 408)  4
Introduction to Environmental Health (MPHP 429)  3
Statistical Methods in Public Health (MPHP 405)  3
Public Health Management and Policy (MPHP 439)  3
Year Total: 13 13
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Advanced Human Nutrition I (NTRN 433)4  
Introduction to Health Behavior (MPHP 411)3  
NTRN Elective3  
Advanced Human Nutrition II (NTRN 434)  3
Public Health Practicum (MPHP 650)  3
Public Health Major Elective  3
Year Total: 10 9
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (NTRN 452)3  
Public Health Capstone Experience (MPHP 652)3  
NTRN Elective 3  
NTRN Elective  3
Public Health Capstone Experience (MPHP 652)  3
Master's Comprehensive Exam (EXAM 600)  1
Year Total: 9 7
 
Total Units in Sequence:  61

MD/MS Biomedical Investigation--Nutrition Track

For Admissions and MD requirements, see the MD Dual Degree Programs section.  This track is designed to provide medical students with more in-depth knowledge and research experience in nutrition.Students may elect to focus on nutrition biochemistry and metabolism or molecular nutrition or clinical nutrition.The student’s mentor or the Graduate Program Director will assist the student in selecting the appropriate courses for their interests.

Students in Nutrition must complete:

NTRN 551Seminar in Advanced Nutrition1
NTRN 601Special Problems1 - 18
IBIS 600Exam in Biomedical Investigation0

And 9-10 credits or three courses from those listed below:

NTRN 433Advanced Human Nutrition I4
NTRN 434Advanced Human Nutrition II3
NTRN 435Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation3
NTRN 437Evaluation of Nutrition Information for Consumers3
NTRN 438Dietary Supplements3
NTRN 440Nutrition for the Aging and Aged3
NTRN 452Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism3
NTRN 454Isotope Tracer Methodology3
NTRN 455Molecular Nutrition3
NTRN 460Sports Nutrition3
NTRN 530Public Health Nutrition3
NTRN 533Nutritional Care of Neonate3

PhD in Nutrition

The PhD degree in Nutrition is awarded for study and research in nutrition. Areas of concentration are nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and molecular nutrition.  Admissions to the PhD in Nutrition program are obtained through the integrated Biomedical Scientist Training Program (BSTP), by direct admission to the department or via the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). 

In order to earn a PhD in Nutrition, a student must complete rotations in at least three laboratories followed by selection of a research advisor, completion of Core and Elective coursework, including responsible conduct of research, as described in the plan of study. Each graduate program follows the overall regulations established and described in CWRU Graduate Studies and documented to the Regents of the State of Ohio. Completion of the PhD degree will require 36 hours of coursework (24 hours of which are graded) and 18 hours of NTRN 701 Dissertation Ph.D..

In addition, each student must successfully complete a qualifier examination for advancement to candidacy in the form of a short grant proposal with oral defense. During the dissertation period, students are expected to meet twice a year with the thesis committee, present seminars in the department, and fulfill journal publication requirements. Throughout the doctoral training, students are expected to be enthusiastic participants in seminars, journal clubs, and research meetings in the lab and program.

Plan of Study

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  Please also see Graduate Studies Academic Requirements for Doctoral Degrees


First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Cell Biology I (CBIO 453)4    
Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (NTRN 551)1    
Research Rotation in Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP 400)
or Research Rotation in Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP 400)
or Special Problems (NTRN 601)
0    
Molecular Biology I (CBIO 455)4    
Advanced Human Nutrition II (NTRN 434)  3  
Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (NTRN 551)  1  
Isotope Tracer Methodology (NTRN 454)
or Molecular Nutrition (NTRN 455)
  3  
Investigative Methods in Nutrition (NTRN 561)  1 - 4  
Special Problems (NTRN 601)  1-9  
On Being a Professional Scientist: The Responsible Conduct of Research (IBMS 500)    1
Year Total: 9 9-20 1
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Advanced Human Nutrition I (NTRN 433)4    
Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (NTRN 452)3    
Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (NTRN 551)1    
Investigative Methods in Nutrition (NTRN 561)1 - 4    
Special Problems (NTRN 601)1-9    
Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (NTRN 551)  1  
Electives: 2 courses - Any NTRN 400 and/or graduate course in SOM basic science departments  6  
Investigative Methods in Nutrition (NTRN 561)  1 - 4  
Special Problems (NTRN 601)  1-9  
Dissertation Ph.D. (NTRN 701)    1-9
Year Total: 10-21 9-20 1-9
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (NTRN 551)1    
Dissertation Ph.D. (NTRN 701)1-9    
Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (NTRN 551)  1  
Dissertation Ph.D. (NTRN 701)  1-9  
Year Total: 2-10 2-10  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   43-100

After the third year, student enrolls in one credit of NTRN 701 Dissertation Ph.D., Fall and Spring Semesters until graduation.

Courses

NTRN 201. Nutrition. 3 Units.

The nutrients, their functions, food sources, and factors affecting human needs throughout life.

NTRN 328. Child Nutrition, Development and Health. 3 Units.

The relationship between nutrition and physical/cognitive growth and development of the child from the prenatal period through adolescence, including individuality, maturation and biological needs. Nutritional influences (nutrient requirements, food choices, and nutritional/feeding problems) and effects on health are emphasized. Prereq: NTRN 201.

NTRN 342. Food Science. 3 Units.

Chemical, physical and biological properties of food constituents and their interactions in food preparation and processing and practical application of processing methods and their effect on nutritional quality and acceptability. Prereq: CHEM 106.

NTRN 342L. Food Science Lab. 2 Units.

Apply knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of food and food ingredients to actual experimentation with foods. Acquire understanding of how food ingredients and their interactions and the preparation process influence acceptability of the final food product. Enhance familiarity with safe food handling during preparation and post-preparation. Prereq: CHEM 106. Coreq: NTRN 342.

NTRN 343. Dietary Patterns. 3 Units.

Examination of the food supply in the United States as it is affected by production, processing, marketing, government programs, regulation, and consumer selection. Nutritional evaluation of dietary patterns of different cultures. Recommended preparation: NTRN 201 or consent.

NTRN 351. Food Service Systems Management. 3 Units.

The application of organizational theory and skills in the preparation and service of quantity food. Laboratory experience in professional food services are included. Graduate students will analyze one aspect of food service management in depth. Offered as NTRN 351 and NTRN 451. Prereq: Nutrition major or consent of instructor.

NTRN 359. Diabetes Prevention and Management. 3 Units.

In this course, we will explore the diabetes epidemic, its effects on the healthcare system, and strategies for prevention. The pathophysiology of the disease will be examined as well as environmental factors leading to the increase in diagnoses. Comorbid conditions and acute and chronic complications of diabetes and hyperglycemia will be addressed. Rationale for current therapeutic strategies will be explored, including the use of blood glucose monitoring, physical activity, nutrition counseling, oral medications, and insulin therapy. Patient education and health literacy will be studied in the context of patient centered goal setting. Requirements for developing a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will be discussed. Community program development will be examined in the context of population-based prevention strategies. Offered as NTRN 359 and NTRN 459. Prereq: NTRN 201 and Junior or Senior Status.

NTRN 360. Guided Study in Nutrition Practice. 3 Units.

Methods for the provision of nutrition services to individuals and groups. Principles of professional practice including ethics, standards, and regulatory issues. Recommended preparation: NTRN 363 or NTRN 433 or consent. Prereq: NTRN 201 and NTRN 342 or MS in Nutrition or MS in Public Health Nutrition.

NTRN 361. Energy Dysregulation: From Obesity to Anorexia. 3 Units.

Energy imbalance and the implications on health will be explored in this course. Key concepts covered in this class include: 1. Energy imbalance refers to positive and negative states of energy balance and occurs when energy intake does not match energy expended in metabolic processes, daily living activities, and physical activity; 2. Obesity is a result of chronic positive energy balance whereas anorexia nervosa is a condition of chronic negative energy balance; 3. Energy metabolism is controlled by a complex array of neural and hormonal signaling; 4. Energy imbalance disrupts the neural and hormonal signaling pathways of energy metabolism resulting in unfavorable health consequences such as pro-inflammatory state, oxidative stress, immune dysregulation, menstrual dysfunction, sarcopenia, and low bone mineral density; and 5. Exercise training can impact energy imbalance health-related outcomes. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to 1. define energy balance and explain the components of energy expenditure; 2. define disordered eating, female athlete triad, and disordered eating; 3. explain the relationship among energy intake, energy expenditure, and body composition in energy imbalance; 4. describe alterations in skeletal muscle and adipose physiology in energy imbalance; 5. diagram neural control of feeding and energy homeostasis and hormonal control of energy metabolism; 6. explain the neural and hormonal changes that occur in chronic energy imbalance and describe current theories in how it results in menstrual dysfunction, inflammatory response, oxidative stress, immune dysregulation, sarcopenia, and low bone mineral density; and 7. explain how exercise training can influence inflammatory response, oxidative stress, immune function, and musculoskeletal health in energy imbalance. Offered as NTRN 361 and NTRN 461. Prereq: NTRN 201 or requisites not met permission.

NTRN 363. Human Nutrition I: Energy, Protein, Minerals. 3 Units.

Chemical and physiological properties of specific nutrients, including interrelationships and multiple factors, in meeting nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. Prereq: CHEM 223 and BIOL 216 (3 or 4 cr. hrs.).

NTRN 364. Human Nutrition II: Vitamins. 3 Units.

Chemical and physiological properties of vitamins, including interrelationships and multiple factors, in meeting nutritional needs throughout the life cycle. Prereq: NTRN 363.

NTRN 365. Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Pathophysiology. 4 Units.

Interplay among etiology, metabolic perturbations, pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, and nutrition principles for the prevention and management of disease. Prereq: NTRN 363 and BIOC 307 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

NTRN 366. Nutrition for the Prevention and Management of Disease: Clinical Applications. 3 Units.

Application of nutrition principles and knowledge for the prevention and management of disease. Case studies and other educational approaches and techniques will be used. Course includes evidence-based assessments and interpretation of key data (biochemical, dietary, physical) to develop nutritional interventions. Coreq: NTRN 365.

NTRN 371. Special Problems. 1 - 3 Unit.

Independent reading, research, or special projects supervised by a member of the nutrition faculty. Prereq: Junior or senior standing.

NTRN 372. Special Problems. 1 - 3 Unit.

Independent reading, research, or special projects supervised by a member of the nutrition faculty. Prereq: Junior or senior standing.

NTRN 388. Seminar in Nutrition. 1 - 3 Unit.

Prereq: Junior or senior standing.

NTRN 390. Undergraduate Research. 3 - 9 Units.

Guided laboratory research in nutritional biochemistry or molecular nutrition under the sponsorship of a nutrition faculty member.

NTRN 397. SAGES Capstone Proposal Seminar. 3 Units.

In this departmental seminar course, students will conceptualize, develop and prepare a written plan, known as the "Capstone Proposal," for their senior Capstone project (NTRN 398: Senior Capstone Experience). Discussion will include, but not be limited to basic research principles, different types of research, ethics and IRB procedures. The Capstone Proposal shall include the project design, aims, methodology, budget, data analysis and presentation. Upon completion of this course, students will have confirmed student/Capstone advisor and, if applicable, mentor relationships, written a Capstone proposal and given an oral presentation of their proposal at a departmental colloquium. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar. Prereq: NTRN 201 and NTRN 342.

NTRN 398. SAGES Senior Capstone Experience. 3 Units.

Students will implement their "Capstone Proposal" projects as designed in NTRN 397: Capstone Proposal Seminar. Pertinent research activities will depend on the nature of the student's "Capstone Proposal" project. The student will meet regularly with their Capstone advisor, at least twice monthly, to provide progress reports, discuss the project, and for critique and guidance. By the end of this course, the student will have completed their SAGES Senior Capstone research project and presented their project results/findings orally at the Senior Capstone Fair and at a departmental colloquium. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone. Prereq: NTRN 397.

NTRN 399. Senior Project. 3 Units.

Formal investigation of a topic in nutrition culminating in a paper and oral presentation. Requires definition of a problem, evaluation of the scientific literature and delineation of problem-solving approaches. Recommended preparation: Twenty-one hours of Nutrition.

NTRN 433. Advanced Human Nutrition I. 4 Units.

Emphasis on reading original research literature in energy, protein and minerals with development of critical evaluation and thinking skills. Recommended preparation: NTRN 201 and CHEM 223 and BIOL 348 or equivalent.

NTRN 434. Advanced Human Nutrition II. 3 Units.

Emphasis on reading original research literature on vitamins with development of critical evaluation and thinking skills. Recommended preparation: NTRN 433 or consent.

NTRN 435. Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation. 3 Units.

Study of current research literature on nutrition for pregnancy and lactation including nutrient requirements, nutrition assessment, and nutrition intervention. Prereq: Graduate Student in Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition or (NTRN 363 and NTRN 364) or requisites not met permission.

NTRN 436. Pediatric Nutrition. 3 Units.

This course will focus on understanding the nutritional needs of infants, children and adolescents. Evidence based guidelines will be used as we discuss best clinical practice for the management of pediatric nutrition issues. Anthropometric measurements used in growth assessment will be reviewed. Nutrient requirements for each stage of development will be explored with a specific focus on micronutrients relevant to pediatrics such as fluoride, iron, calcium and vitamin D. Abnormal growth resulting in malnutrition and obesity will be examined with a focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Skills necessary to complete a pediatric nutrition assessment will be reviewed with opportunities to practice and demonstrate competency. Prereq: NTRN 435.

NTRN 437. Evaluation of Nutrition Information for Consumers. 3 Units.

Reading and appraisal of food and nutrition literature written for the general public, including books, magazines, newsletters. Prereq: Graduate standing and Nutrition or Public Health Nutrition major or consent of instructor.

NTRN 438. Dietary Supplements. 3 Units.

An examination of dietary supplements specific to health promotion and disease prevention/treatment throughout the life cycle. Topics and concepts include regulation, controversies, safety, efficacy, and the surrounding scientific evidence for dietary supplement use. Prereq: NTRN 364 or requisites not met permission.

NTRN 440. Nutrition for the Aging and Aged. 3 Units.

Consideration of the processes of aging and needs which continue throughout life. The influences of food availability, intake, economics, culture, physical and social conditions and chronic disease as they affect the ability of the aged to cope with living situations. Recommended preparation: Nutrition major or consent of instructor.

NTRN 446. Advanced Maternal Nutrition: Special Topics. 3 Units.

Analysis of the problems commonly associated with high-risk pregnancies and fetal outcome. Discussion of causes, mechanisms, management and current research. Recommended preparation: NTRN 435 or consent.

NTRN 451. Food Service Systems Management. 3 Units.

The application of organizational theory and skills in the preparation and service of quantity food. Laboratory experience in professional food services are included. Graduate students will analyze one aspect of food service management in depth. Offered as NTRN 351 and NTRN 451. Prereq: Nutrition major.

NTRN 452. Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. 3 Units.

Mechanisms of regulation of pathways of intermediary metabolism; amplification of biochemical signals; substrate cycling and use of radioactive and stable isotopes to measure metabolic rates. Recommended preparation: BIOC 307 or equivalent. Offered as BIOC 452 and NTRN 452.

NTRN 454. Isotope Tracer Methodology. 3 Units.

Stable and radioactive isotopes in metabolic research concentrating on the design of in-vitro and in-vivo investigative protocols using mostly stable isotopes and mass spectrometric analysis; critical interpretation of data from the recent literature; and pathway identification and kinetics. Recommended preparation: BIOC 407.

NTRN 455. Molecular Nutrition. 3 Units.

Nutrient control of gene expression in mammalian cells and deregulation of expression of these genes. The molecular basis of nutrition-related diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, PKU, and LDL-receptor deficiency, will be discussed. The application of genetic manipulation to metabolism and nutrition will be evaluated. Recommended preparation: BIOC 407.

NTRN 459. Diabetes Prevention and Management. 3 Units.

In this course, we will explore the diabetes epidemic, its effects on the healthcare system, and strategies for prevention. The pathophysiology of the disease will be examined as well as environmental factors leading to the increase in diagnoses. Comorbid conditions and acute and chronic complications of diabetes and hyperglycemia will be addressed. Rationale for current therapeutic strategies will be explored, including the use of blood glucose monitoring, physical activity, nutrition counseling, oral medications, and insulin therapy. Patient education and health literacy will be studied in the context of patient centered goal setting. Requirements for developing a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program will be discussed. Community program development will be examined in the context of population-based prevention strategies. Offered as NTRN 359 and NTRN 459. Prereq: Graduate Standing.

NTRN 460. Sports Nutrition. 3 Units.

Study of the relationships of nutrition and food intake to body composition and human performance. Laboratory sessions include demonstrations of body composition and fitness measurements and participation in a research project. Recommended preparation: NTRN 363 or NTRN 433 or consent.

NTRN 461. Energy Dysregulation: From Obesity to Anorexia. 3 Units.

Energy imbalance and the implications on health will be explored in this course. Key concepts covered in this class include: 1. Energy imbalance refers to positive and negative states of energy balance and occurs when energy intake does not match energy expended in metabolic processes, daily living activities, and physical activity; 2. Obesity is a result of chronic positive energy balance whereas anorexia nervosa is a condition of chronic negative energy balance; 3. Energy metabolism is controlled by a complex array of neural and hormonal signaling; 4. Energy imbalance disrupts the neural and hormonal signaling pathways of energy metabolism resulting in unfavorable health consequences such as pro-inflammatory state, oxidative stress, immune dysregulation, menstrual dysfunction, sarcopenia, and low bone mineral density; and 5. Exercise training can impact energy imbalance health-related outcomes. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to 1. define energy balance and explain the components of energy expenditure; 2. define disordered eating, female athlete triad, and disordered eating; 3. explain the relationship among energy intake, energy expenditure, and body composition in energy imbalance; 4. describe alterations in skeletal muscle and adipose physiology in energy imbalance; 5. diagram neural control of feeding and energy homeostasis and hormonal control of energy metabolism; 6. explain the neural and hormonal changes that occur in chronic energy imbalance and describe current theories in how it results in menstrual dysfunction, inflammatory response, oxidative stress, immune dysregulation, sarcopenia, and low bone mineral density; and 7. explain how exercise training can influence inflammatory response, oxidative stress, immune function, and musculoskeletal health in energy imbalance. Offered as NTRN 361 and NTRN 461. Prereq: NTRN 201 or requisites not met permission.

NTRN 462. Exercise Physiology and Macronutrient Metabolism. 3 Units.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge of theoretical and applied concepts of exercise physiology. Students will gain an understanding of the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations of the cardiovascular, metabolic, hormonal, and neuromuscular systems in response to exercise. Additional topics include factors effecting performance, assessing cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, designing exercise programs for health and wellness, special populations, and athletes, environmental considerations and nutrition's role in sport and exercise performance. Prereq: Nutrition Major.

NTRN 516. Seminar in Dietetics I. 4 Units.

Study of evidence-based guidelines for dietetic practice in medical nutrition therapy. Emphasis on life cycle stages and common disease states that require specialized nutrition care. Enrollment restricted to those accepted into Case Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master Degree Program.

NTRN 517. Seminar in Dietetics II. 4 Units.

Study of scientific basis for clinical and community nutrition practice and developments in food service systems management. Recommended preparation: Dietetic internship.

NTRN 528. Introduction to Public Health Nutrition. 3 Units.

Philosophy, objectives, organization, and focus of government and voluntary agencies with emphasis on nutrition components. Recommended preparation: Public health nutrition majors only. Prereq: Public health nutrition students and graduate nutrition students only.

NTRN 529. Nutritional Epidemiology. 3 Units.

This course uses epidemiology as a tool for assessing potential causal associations between dietary excesses, deficiencies and imbalances to the prevalent chronic diseases. It addresses the epidemiologic aspects of nutrition related chronic diseases, for example, the multi-factorial nature of etiology. Recommended preparation: Statistics and Public Health Nutrition students only.

NTRN 530. Public Health Nutrition. 3 Units.

Analysis of public health programs in government and voluntary health agencies and the effect of legislation. Emphasis on integration with other disciplines working in public health settings and the role of a public health nutritionist.

NTRN 531. Public Health Nutrition Field Experience. 1 - 6 Unit.

Individually planned public health experience. May be concurrent with course work in local agencies or in blocks of full-time work with a city, county, or state health agency. Prereq: Open to public health nutrition students only. Consent of instructor.

NTRN 532A. General Nutrition Care. 1 - 3 Unit.

Individually arranged clinical experience.

NTRN 532C. Specialized Public Health Nutrition Field Experience. 1 - 3 Unit.

Individually arranged clinical experience. Prereq: Public Health Nutrition students only. Consent of instructor.

NTRN 532E. Clinical Research: Methods in Nutrition and Metabolism. 3 Units.

Individually arranged.

NTRN 533. Nutritional Care of Neonate. 3 Units.

Nutritional assessment and management of high-risk newborns with emphasis on prematurity and low birth weight. Review of current literature coordinated with clinical experience in the neonatal intensive care unit. Issues on follow-up included. Recommended preparation: NTRN 435 or consent.

NTRN 534. Advanced Public Health Nutrition Field Experience. 1 - 6 Unit.

Individually planned advanced public health experience. Prereq: Open to public health nutrition students only.

NTRN 550A. Advanced Community Nutrition. 3 Units.

Development of skills needed by the community dietitian. Emphasis on effective tools for service development and delivery. Recommended courses of action for the professional. Prereq: Open to nutrition graduate students and senior undergraduate nutrition majors only.

NTRN 551. Seminar in Advanced Nutrition. 1 Unit.

Ph.D. students meet weekly to discuss topical journal articles. Students gain experience in critical evaluation of research and develop presentation/communication skills. Discussion of research integrity and ethics. Students participate in departmental seminars with invited speakers.

NTRN 561. Investigative Methods in Nutrition. 1 - 4 Unit.

Research methods appropriate for nutrition. Methods for conducting research in nutrition and food sciences, food service management and dietetics. Designing research proposals. Prereq: Nutrition major.

NTRN 601. Special Problems. 1 - 18 Unit.


NTRN 651. Thesis M.S.. 1 - 18 Unit.


NTRN 701. Dissertation Ph.D.. 1 - 9 Unit.

Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.