Department of Nutrition
Course Descriptions

HNUT 504 Information and Health Literacy (3 QH)
This course introduces students to the skills and techniques needed to become an information literate individual. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and practice the following: identifying the topic of interest or developing a research question, acquiring knowledge through the efficient use of current technologies, such as online and electronic resources, establishing evaluation criteria for information resources, evaluating and integrating the acquired information to answer the original query/research question, while complying with copyright laws/guidelines, and effectively communicating this information, through an appropriate medium, to the target audience in an ethical and legal manner. In addition, students will explore the impact of health literacy on patient care and health outcomes and will acquire the skills needed to assist them in translating information about diseases and their treatments into a language that healthcare consumers can understand.
Applied Research Core course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 505 Communication Strategies, Methods and Techniques (3 QH)
This course targets strategies, methods and techniques to enhance the effectiveness of professional and client-centered communications. Translation of evidence-based science into layman's terms will be emphasize. Use of social media, media training, and how to promote oneself as a nutrition professional will be included.
Advanced Professional Skills Core course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 506 Health Education Teaching Experience (1 QH)
The purpose of this course is to give the student the opportunity to experience a teaching role. Students will plan, deliver, and evaluate a learning module in a prevention, health and/or wellness area of their choice.
Education Core course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: HNUT 532 or permission of instructor. Approval of a "learning module" and proposal is required prior to registration for this course.

HNUT 508 Cultural Dimensions of Health (3 QH)
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that nutrition professionals be prepared to address the issues of culture and health disparities in their practice. This course will explore the various food, nutrition and health habits of different cultural and ethnic groups. It will cover the effect that culture and religion play in health and health disparities. The changing demographics of the U.S. population will be reviewed with a goal of meeting healthcare and nutritional needs for all.
Health Promotion and Wellness Core and Nutrition elective course offered during summer quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 510 Modern Nutrition (3 QH)
This course provides an in-depth overview of human nutrition including the processes of digestion, absorption, transportation, and excretion of food and nutrients, the structure, function, metabolism, requirements, deficiencies, and toxicities of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and ultra-trace minerals; and the fundamental principles of energy metabolism and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance.
Health Promotion and Wellness Core and Nutrition Certificate course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Nutrition Certificate for Healthcare Professionals or permission of instructor.

HNUT 511 Nutrition in Chronic Disease (4 QH)
A clinical analysis of the pathophysiological and metabolic basis for nutritional management in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases impacting the population, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer and osteoporosis.
Nutrition Core course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 512 Leadership (3 QH)
This course offers the essential elements in developing leadership skills, strategic planning and team performance to support career development and professional leadership activity in health and wellness organizations. The essential elements will be explored within the dynamic evolving landscape of the US Healthcare delivery system.
Advanced Professional Skills Core course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 513 Health and Wellness Coaching (3 QH)
This course builds on basic counseling skills to include health coaching techniques. The student will learn how to take a guiding role in empowering clients to choose a healthy lifestyle. Acting as a client-centered health coach and empowering the clients to become the expert in determining their own wellness goals and plans, the student will practice motivational interviewing and other techniques to reach these ends.
Advanced Professional Skills Core course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 525 Assessment and Evaluation in Education (3 QH)
This course is designed to provide skills and tools for the evaluation of a variety of structures, processes and outcomes of education and other evaluands. The course will enable the student to effectively develop the appropriate skills and apply the theories, concepts and models related to evaluation and assessment in a variety of settings and situations.
Education Core course for students enrolled in the Nutrition Education program offered during summer quarter
Prerequisite: HNUT 532 or permission of instructor.

HNUT 526 Evaluating Research and Health Recommendations (4 QH)
This course introduces the fundamentals of the research process through the evaluation of published clinical  research studies with the desired end result being the ability to critically analyze and interpret research findings and health recommendations. From an evidence based perspective, students will select, interpret, analyze, synthesize and then summarize relevant research studies using peer-review articles, write a brief literature review, and develop a hypothesis for future investigation. A process for evidence-based review and analysis of current recommendations for management, treatment, and prevention of disease will be introduced. This course also includes a journal club discussion in which weekly learning objectives are reinforced with practical and applicable examples from current scientific literature.
Research Core course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: HNUT 585

HNUT 532 Instructional Design for Education (3 QH)
Designed to provide the healthcare professional with educational skills and techniques for the classroom, the individual client and for continuing education programs. The skills and techniques addressed are developing teaching materials to include learner assessment, creating learning objectives, designing student-focused teaching methods, assessing learning outcomes and evaluating the educational experience. This course will primarily focus on learning theories for the adult learner. The student will design a complete educational offering (teaching module). A subsequent teaching experience will allow students to carry out the teaching experience.
Health Promotion and Wellness Core and Education Core course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 541 Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)
Explores health promotion for the individual and the community. This will be accomplished through implementing basic community health concepts of epidemiology, levels of prevention, and risk assessment within the context of health promotion activities. Students will analyze their own personal health promotion needs and selected needs within a chosen community. Based on the standards outlined in Healthy People 2020, students will develop health promotion activities for community health problems of their choice based on an assessment of need. Students will develop, track, and analyze an individual health promotion plan for themselves.
Nutrition, Health Promotion and Wellness Core course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 542 Complementary Medicine and Dietary Supplements (3 QH)
This course is an overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that includes alternative medical systems, holistic, integrative, mind-body interventions and biologically based therapies including a variety of herbs and dietary supplements such as botanicals, vitamins, minerals. The regulatory policies associated benefits and regulatory concerns.
Elective course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 554 Nutrition in Critical Care (3 QH)
An in-depth review of the theory and application of the forms and components of specialized nutrition support in the treatment of various disease conditions.
Nutrition, Health Promotion and Wellness Core course for students enrolled in the Clinical Nutrition program offered during spring quarter.
Prerequisite: HNUT 526, HNUT 585 and R.D. Credential or permission of instructor.

HNUT 555 Nutrition in the Lifecycle (3 QH)
This course is an in-depth overview of the nutritional requirements and concerns specific to the different stages of the lifecycle. Both supporting science and application to clinical situations will be included.
Nutrition Certificate course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in Nutrition Certificate for Healthcare Professionals program or permission of instructor.

HNUT 576 Nutrition in Human Physical Performance (3 QH)
This course focuses on the role of nutrition in the physiological and metabolic responses of the body to a wide range of physical activity. Macronutrient, micronutrient and fluid needs associated with physical activity and the nutritional needs of special  athletic populations will be addressed. Topics such as the role of physical activity in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health and wellness, the use of supplements in athletes, and exercise prescription for health conditions will also be discussed.
Elective course offered during summer quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 582 Independent Study (3 QH)
The independent study is an individualized learning experience designed to meet the specific educational needs of the student.
Elective course offered all quarters
Prerequisite: Approval from department chair.

HNUT 585 Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 QH)
This is a graduate level, introductory course that covers the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation and biostatistics as they apply to disease prevention and health improvement. The course emphasizes practical application of statistics and explores the relationship between epidemiology and biostatistics.
Research Core course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 596 Portfolio Evaluation (3 QH)
The Master of Science in Nutrition degree focuses on five competency areas: application of nutrition knowledge, teaching nutrition information, demonstration of the processes of critical inquiry and research, application of technology to professional activities, and demonstration of effective professional  communication. Achievement of specific learning objectives in these areas of competency will be demonstrated by the student through development of projects during the course of his/her degree program. These projects will be part of a required portfolio that will be evaluated by the student and a faculty committee. By the end of the course, students will have compiled a final collection of projects with analysis and reflections for each. Portfolio Evaluation is the final degree requirement and capstone experience for all students in the Master of Science in Nutrition program.
Capstone Core course offered all quarters
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Nutrition courses.

HPHW 583 Independent Study in Health Promotion and Wellness (4 QH)
Students will apply concepts and skills gained through their course work to the professional wellness environment in an approved, interprofessional leadership experience located within a business, institution or agency. The student is expected to complete a minimum of 120 hours within the setting, including the time needed for preliminary planning, implementing and reporting on the completed project. The final report of the completed project will be presented as part of the final Portfolio Evaluation.
Final Evaluation course offered spring quarter
Prerequisite: Completion of all core and elective course requirements for the MS in Health Promotion and Wellness degree, approval of an independent study proposal completed by the student, and completion of a credentialing process as part of HNUT 512.

HPHW 596 Final Portfolio for Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)
The Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness degree focuses on five competency areas: application of prevention, health promotion and wellness knowledge, educating the individual, family and community on health issues, leadership in an interprofessional health and wellness environment, communicating effectively as a health professional, and demonstration of critical thinking and research evaluation. Achievement of specific learning objectives in these areas of competency will be demonstrated by the student through completion of course projects. These projects will become part of an e-portfolio that will be evaluated by the student and a faculty committee. The portfolio course is the final degree requirement and capstone experience for all students in the Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness program.
Final Evaluation course offered spring quarter
Prerequisite: Completion of all core and elective course requirements.

HHCM 510 Global Health (3 QH)
The course is designed to introduce students to progress made in improving human health world-wide and understanding the challenges that remain. Students will focus on learning the principles and measures of health improvement, global health themes and diseases, the impact of disease on populations such as women and children, and how they can work as interprofessional team members to address these issues.
Elective course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 511 Healthcare Management in Non-Hospital Settings (3 QH)
While the hospital is the centerpiece of the health care system, so much health care is delivered outside this setting. Students will be introduced to many healthcare services outside the traditional setting of the hospital and gain knowledge of the operations of such healthcare settings. The course will be divided into four parts: Traditional Care, Diagnosing, Acute-Care treatment, and Chronic Care and within each area students will explore the basic operations of various health care settings such as outpatient clinics and surgical centers, pharmacies, outpatient laboratories, chiropractic centers, adult day care and hospice care.
Elective course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 517 Management Ethics(3 QH)
The course will provide an overview of bioethics including a broad range of potential concerns in which the healthcare manager may become involved. This encompasses a familiarization with bioethics nomenclature, understanding the ethical decision-making process, and developing an appreciation for the ethical challenges of administrators and clinical practitioners. Legal and risk management issues surrounding ethical dilemmas in healthcare organizations will be examined in addition to the roles of institutional ethics committees and consultants.
Health Promotion and Wellness Core and Nutrition Elective course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 519 Practice Management (3 QH)
Practice Management offers the essential elements and support for a successful healthcare practice concentrating on facility management and organizational skills. Topics will include the organizational management landscape and management functions such as planning and decision-making, organizing, staffing, and budgeting. This course will also address practical concerns such as committees and teams and human resource management considerations such as training and development, retention and recruitment, and communication. This elective course establishes a foundation for growth and professional opportunity for the health management professional.
Elective course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 521 Evidence Based Management (3 QH)
This course provides an introduction to the utilization of best evidence in managing healthcare issues. The curriculum is intended to prepare the student to identify management problems and develop a related path of focused inquiry, evaluate reliable databases and searching strategies to find evidence, and base management decisions on the best evidence available.
Health Promotion and Wellness Core course offered during summer quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 522 Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)
The historical evolution of health services provides a backdrop for the core focus of this course: the study of the healthcare system. The curriculum includes an analysis of the current changes in the healthcare environment and the problems affecting the delivery of healthcare in the United States that create a demand for government action. A study of the process of policy formation underscores the complexity and difficulty of government action. Economic and political approaches to health policy analysis will be introduced with a particular focus on contrasting competitive and regulatory approaches to the resolution of health policy problems.
Elective course offered during winter quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 524 Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (3 QH)
This course in Organizational Behavior (OB), and Human Resources (HR), is designed to introduce students to organizational behavior theory, organizational communication and human resource management principles to effectively lead and manage an organization. The Organizational Behavior students will apply management and leadership techniques garnered from successful healthcare organizations to understand and practice management functions, including understanding employee communication, evaluating conflict, and making appropriate business decisions. The Human Resources functions of planning, recruiting, selecting, training, and appraising will be emphasized. Realistic case studies, collaborative discussions, practical research and peer reviews will be used to develop students' skills in organizational behavior and human resource management. Other topics will include rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and future trends.
Elective course offered during spring quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 530 Introduction to Public Health (4 QH)
This course provides an overview of the history, scope, and processes of public health since its beginning in the United States. Readings and course projects introduce the connection between public health and population health outcomes. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions students will use course readings and analyze case studies designed to improve their knowledge of the impact of the role of public health.
Health Promotion and Wellness Core course offered during fall quarter
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

Course descriptions are subject to change without prior notice.