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Pediatric Nutrition Course, Module 1: Nutrition Assessment

March 26 – June 1, 2018

For 2018, course enrollment is limited to practitioners in North Carolina.


Module 1 is designed to improve skills specifically in the area of nutrition assessment, and to build competence in obtaining and evaluating indicators of nutritional status within the pediatric population which include anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, intake, ecosocial and psychosocial data and factors.

The module consists of the following six units:

  • Unit 1: Anthropometrics: A review of anthropometric techniques and the nutritional implications of abnormal growth.
  • Unit 2: Biochemical: Nutritional implications of laboratory indices in the blood, urine, and stool, focusing on commonly encountered biochemical measurements.
  • Unit 3: Clinical: Nutritional implications of clinical findings including health history, physical observations, sexual maturity ratings, and developmental screening data.
  • Unit 4: Food and Nutrition History: Review of established guidelines for evaluating intake inadequacies or excesses.
  • Unit 5: Ecosocial Factors: An analysis of environmental factors that may contribute to nutritional risk.
  • Unit 6: Psychosocial Factors: Identification of eating cues, cultural and ethnic influences and analyses of parent-child interactions.

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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 with an emphasis in nutrition assessment that is based on the needs of individual clients and their families. The course is designed to improve your nutrition assessment and counseling skills for infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.

Module 1 of the Pediatric Nutrition Course is an online course designed for public health nutritionists and other dietetic professionals working in Local Health Agencies  and Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) throughout North Carolina. 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 base. For 2018, course enrollment is limited to practitioners in North Carolina.

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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 ten weeks to complete Module 1 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 2.5 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, discussions, 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 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 March 26 – June 1, 2018 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. The handout will provide an overview and demonstration of the online course environment. There are no required meeting dates or times.

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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.

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 module, complete the online skills test.

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Continuing Education Credits

This course has been approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Dietetic Registration for 19 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Level 1 units for Registered Dietitians (RDs), Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs). For all others, 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded from the Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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For 2018, this course is open only to practitioners in North Carolina.

Enrollment in this course is a two step process:

  • Complete the online application form before February 19, 2018.
  • 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 nutritionists who work in North Carolina Local Health Agencies and in Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs); a limited number of spots are available to others.

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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 March 5, 2018, 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 March 5, 2018. Any cancellation received after March 5 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 course start date with prior notification to cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu.

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For more information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Cherelle Whitfield by email at cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu or phone at 919-843-9262 or Tonya Nicholson, Project Manager, Pediatric Nutrition Courses, by email at tonya.nicholson@dhhs.nc.gov.

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