Pediatric Nutrition Course, Module 2: Basic Nutrition

July 10-September 22, 2017

Overview

Module 2 is designed to reinforce the fundamentals of nutrition assessment and nutrition monitoring/evaluation, and to build competence in using the nutrition care process within the pediatric population.

The course consists of the following nine units:

  • Unit 1: Nutrition Education: A short introduction to the learner-centered approach to behavior change, multicultural competence and effective selection of materials.
  • Unit 2: Infant and Toddler Nutrition: Expected growth and development, feeding practices, and nutrient needs during infancy and toddlerhood.
  • Unit 3: Child Nutrition: Normal growth and development during the preschool and school aged years with a focus on factors that influence nutritional needs and food choices.
  • Unit 4: Adolescent Nutrition: Basic nutrition concepts for adolescents, including common concerns about food intake and eating behaviors.
  • Unit 5: Formulas: Indications and contraindications for the use of infant, toddler, and child formulas with a discussion of infant formula ingredients, nutrient levels and increasing caloric density.
  • Unit 6: Anemia: The causes and risk factors for various types of anemia, pertinent biochemical parameters and their limitations, and nutrition counseling strategies.
  • Unit 7: Physical Activity: Discusses barriers to and benefits of physical activity and ways that nutritionists can positively impact the lifestyle of infants, toddlers, and adolescents.
  • Unit 8: Elevated Blood Lead: Identification of nutritional factors that influence blood lead status and review of nutrition management strategies for children exposed to lead.
  • Unit 9: Sports Nutrition: Specific nutrient needs and nutritional guidance for young athletes, especially those in competitive sports, to promote optimal growth and physical performance.

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Needs and Target Audience

Public health nutritionists and other dietetic professionals have an important impact on the health of future generations. The goal of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to improve the nutritional health of the pediatric population. To that end, this course will guide you through the nutrition care process in nutrition assessment, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, based on the needs of individual clients and their families. The course is designed to improve participants’ skills in fundamental nutrition principles for infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.

Module 2 of the Pediatric Nutrition Course is an online course designed for public health nutritionists. It is ideal for new employees in public health nutrition, nutritionists who are new to pediatrics and those who want to broaden their pediatric knowledge.

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Format

This course offers you a unique opportunity to learn at your own pace without having to travel to an off-site location in pursuit of quality continuing education. You will be given a period of eleven weeks to complete Module 2 of the Pediatric Nutrition Course. An instructor will guide your learning and facilitate a combination of individual, self-paced study and online group discussions, where you will gain access to important resources, and enhance your current nutrition assessment, intervention, education, and counseling skills. Completion of this course will take approximately 3 hours per week and varies by student. Please note that successful completion often requires working on the course during personal time.

A variety of methods and media are used in the course, such as synchronized audio/slide presentations case studies, discussion, and handouts. Multiple learning activities in each unit target the important skills you will need to advance your practice in pediatric nutrition. Students will interact with the instructor and other students via email, phone, and discussion board activities. Additionally, because the course was developed by the Nutrition Services Branch in the North Carolina Division of Public Health, you will have access to the Branch’s own public health nutritionists and learn more about the many resources that exist on the state level to assist you with providing quality nutrition services.

For more information about the course’s technical requirements, please review the “System Requirements” section below. Technical support will be provided to students during the course.

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Dates and Location

The course will run from July 10 to September 22, 2017, and is completely online. An orientation handout will be provided via email to all fully enrolled and paid participants a week before the start of the course.  This handout will provide an overview of the course content and the online course environment. There are no required meeting dates or times.

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Sponsors

This course has been developed in collaboration with the Division of Public Health Nutrition Services Branch, Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina, and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NC Public Health logo UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

 

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System Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, the computer equipment used should meet the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

  • 1 GHz processor or better
  • 256 MB or more of RAM
  • 20 GB free on the hard disk
  • 56 Kbps or better modem, cable, or LAN connection to the Internet
  • 16-bit or better sound card and speakers
  • 15-inch color monitor or larger
  • 65,000-color or better video display card
  • Windows XP or 2000
  • Adobe Reader 8.0 or later (free)
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or later (free)

Important note: Which browser to use

Please note: We recommend you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser for the course. Both are free to download. Past students have had trouble using Sakai (the learning environment for the course) in Internet Explorer.

If you do not know what browser you are using, you can go to the online skills test to find out.

If you are completing the course using a computer at your office, and you do not have either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, please contact your IT department for assistance.

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Online Skills Test

To make sure you have the minimum system requirements for completing the course, complete the online skills test.

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Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for 20 hours of CPE Level 1 training from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), Registered Dietitians (RDs),  Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs), and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs). For those not eligible for CPE credit, 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded from the Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Enrollment

Please note: The enrollment period for this program has ended.

Enrollment in this course is a two step process:

  1. Complete the online application form before June 9, 2017.
  2. Once your application has been received and reviewed, you will be invited to register. Information about how to register will be emailed to you upon your acceptance into the course.

You must complete both steps in order to enroll in this course.

Total enrollment in this course is limited. Preference is given to public health nutrition personnel who work in North Carolina Local Health Agencies and pediatric nutritionists in North Carolina Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs).  A limited number of spots are available to others.

Note: Because the registration step is handled through a third-party service, the email inviting you to register may end up in your spam or junk email folder. Please be sure to check there if you don’t receive an email in your inbox.

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Fees

The course fee is $50 for public health nutrition personnel in North Carolina Local Health Agencies and pediatric nutritionists in Children’s Developmental Services Agencies and $100 for all others.

All registration fees must be received or postmarked no later than June 23, 2017, or your registration will be CANCELED. You will be able to pay for the course after you have been accepted in the program.

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Dropping the Course

If you find that you cannot participate in this course you must cancel no later than June 23, 2017. Any cancellation received after June 23 will be charged the full registration fee. All cancellations must be received in writing. You may send cancellations to Cherelle Whitfield at cwwhifi@email.unc.edu. Substitutions from the same organization are allowed at any time before the start of the course with prior notification to cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu.

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For More Information

If you have questions about registration or payment, please contact Cherelle Whitfield by email at cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu. If you have questions about course content, please contact Tonya Nicholson by email at tonya.nicholson@dhhs.nc.gov.

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