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Course introduces wide range of topics covering food studies and is a project of UNC’s Academic Theme, Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives.
Prerequisites, BIOL 101/101L and CHEM 102/102L. Relationships of human nutrition to health and disease. Integration of biology, chemistry, and social sciences as related to human function. Nutrient composition of foods and safety of the food supply.
Examines the intersection of local foods and public health in respect to nutrition, environmental, economic, and community issues. Students explore impacts of the increasingly industrialized and centralized food system, as well as, potential solutions, while assisting community partners increase opportunities for farmers, local food marketers, distributors, and entrepreneurs.
Permission of the instructor. For undergraduates enrolled in the department’s baccalaureate degree program. Directed readings or laboratory study on a selected topic. May be taken more than once for credit.
Prerequisites, BIOL 101, CHEM 101, 102 and NUTR 240. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Function of the human body focusing on nutrient interaction. Biochemistry of nutrients with a limited focus on medical aspects of nutrient metabolism. For advanced undergraduates and graduate students needing to enhance background prior to NUTR 600.
Prerequisite, NUTR 400. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Cell biochemistry and physiology emphasizing integration of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids in whole-body metabolism; regulation of energy expenditure, food intake, metabolic adaptations, and gene expression; and macronutrient-related diseases (atherosclerosis, obesity).
Prerequisite, NUTR 400. This course covers nutrition during the life cycle. Units include women during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation; infancy; childhood; adolescence; and older adults (65+). Nutrient and energy needs, assessment of nutritional status, and cultural and socioeconomic barriers are discussed for each phase.
Prerequisite, NUTR 400 and 600. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Cell biochemistry and physiology emphasizing metabolism of vitamins and minerals including antioxidant protection, immune function, nutrient control of gene expression and disease states induced by deficiencies (e.g., iron-deficient anemia)
Prerequisite, NUTR 240. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Course teaches the future nutrition professional the art and science of communicating with individuals, groups, and the public. Students will enhance cultural awareness, practice counseling individuals and facilitating groups, and frame nutrition messages for mass media including social media.
Prerequisite, NUTR 630. Course designed to examine the rationale and implementation of diet therapy and nutrition support in the prevention or treatment of chronic diseases.
Prerequisite, NUTR 640. Course designed to examine the rationale and implementation of diet therapy and nutrition support in the prevention or treatment of acute diseases.
Concurrent with NUTR 650. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. This is the lab that accompanies NUTR 650. This lab applies the basic concepts of meal preparation, food production and food science. Lab fee required. Three lab hours per week.
Permission of the instructor. Directed readings or laboratory study of a selected topic. Requires a written proposal to be submitted to and approved by the B.S.P.H. Committee and faculty research director. A written report is required. May be taken more than once for credit. Six laboratory hours per week.
Permission of the instructor. Individual arrangements with faculty for bachelor and master students to participate in ongoing research.
Prerequisite, BIOL 252 and NUTR 600. Comprehensive review of nutrition basics with strong clinical perspective. Integrates nutrient biochemistry and metabolism into a framework of nutritional assessment and dietary intervention.
Prerequisites, NUTR 630 and 640, HBEH 600. Focuses on the roles and functions of the public health nutritionist in providing nutrition services at the community level. Includes domestic and international nutrition programs, essential public health services, community assessment methods, and community engagement (2-credits). For MPH-RD students, includes 336 hours of field experience (3-credits). Field fee required.
Prerequisite, NUTR 720. An overview of the planning and management of local, state, federal, and voluntary public health nutrition programs. Examines legislative and administrative structures.
Prerequisite, NUTR 725. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Three-day in-depth seminar held in Washington, DC on national nutrition issues, policy formulation, and program development with key congressional staff, federal agencies staff, and pertinent public interest/consumer advocacy groups. Paper required. Field fee required.
Provides a broad overview of international nutrition research issues, programs, and policies. Topics will include micronutrient deficiencies, child feeding and growth, determinants of under- and over-nutrition, chronic disease and nutrition, food fortification and supplementation, and nutrition intervention programs and policy.
Permission of the instructor. Individual arrangements with faculty for a graduate student to serve as a teaching assistant for a nutrition course.
Prerequisites, NUTR 801 and 802.Development of critical thinking skills in the analysis of important nutrition and policy interventions. The course will examine conceptual models, research designs, intervention strategies, and measures of effectiveness. Course may be repeated once.
Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Fundamentals of nutrition intervention and policy research including conceptualization of research questions, hypothesis writing, and design of clinical and community trials. Applied focus on historical and innovative trials’ design and implementation.
Prerequisite, EPID 600 or equivalent. Course provides an overview of major issues in physical activity measurement, population distribution, correlates, impacts (physically and economically), and public health recommendations. Interventions, including relevant theories, will be reviewed.
Permission of the instructor for nonmajors. Second year doctoral students only. Doctoral seminar on application of theory and empirical evidence to intervention development, evaluation paradigms, and methods of process and outcome evaluations.
Prerequisite, permission of the instructor. This course provides a broad survey of obesity research including measurement issues, biological, social and economic etiologies, health and economic consequences, and prevention and treatment of obesity.
Prerequisites, BIOS 600, and EPID 600 or 710. This course introduces basic methods of dietary assessment, reviews various topics in nutrition epidemiology, and teaches the skills needed for critical evaluation of the nutritional epidemiologic literature.
Prerequisites, BIOS 600, EPID 710, 715, and NUTR 813/EPID 813. Examines epidemiology research on the causes, consequences, and prevention of obesity. Emphasis on methodological issues pertinent to obesity research.
Prerequisites, BIOS 545, EPID 600 or 710, and NUTR 813. Skills and techniques to study how dietary exposures, physical activity, and anthropometric status relate to disease outcomes. Focus is hands-on data analysis using STATA, and interpretation of results from statistical analysis.
Prerequisite, NUTR 600 or equivalent. A problem-based approach to examine current topics in biochemistry relevant to nutrition and metabolism. Students interpret data and design experiments related to recent advances in nutritional biochemistry.
Prerequisites, NUTR 600 and 620 or equivalent. Presents an understanding of basic immunology and the role of nutrition in modifying the immune response.
Prerequisite, NUTR 600. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Will examine the interaction of cells in the microenvironment and recent advances in the role of metabolism and inflammation.
Prerequisite, BIOL 101, CHEM 102, NUTR 400 (or equivalent). Permission of the instructor for non-majors. Course pPrerequisites, BIOL 101, CHEM 102, and NUTR 400; Permission of instructor for non-majors. Course provides basic information about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that are responsible for generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, about key cellular structures targeted by these species, and about the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in etiology and prevention of human diseases.rovide basic information about the cellular and molecular mechanisms that are responsible for generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, about key cellular structures targeted by these species, and about the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in etiology and prevention of human diseases.
Permission of the instructor. Course focuses on nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics with an emphasis on the genetic and dietary interactions predisposing one to increased risk of disease.
Prerequisites, NUTR 600 and 620, or permission of the instructor. An advanced graduate seminar course focusing on the molecular processes involving B and D-group vitamins, mechanisms of pathologies caused by their deficiency, as well as, the latest studies on the nutritional requirements, population consumption levels and use of the vitamins for treatment and prevention of human disease. Special emphasis will be given to the role of individual genetic polymorphisms in the specific vitamin status.
To critically evaluate literature and current concepts in the field of nutrition and cancer and gain skills in presenting and discussing scientific research.
Permission of the instructor. Doctoral seminar to introduce federal policy strategies for monitoring and improving nutritional status of populations. Five policy areas will be covered: national nutrition objectives/planning strategies, dietary guidance, nutrition surveillance/monitoring, economic policy as related to federal feed programs, and policy analysis.
Permission of the instructor. For doctoral students prepared with Ph.D. aims/focus. Focuses on key elements that contribute to a successful career as a scientific researcher. These include scientific presentations, NIH proposal grant writing, evaluating published manuscripts, sources of funding, peer review, use of animals and humans in research, and scientific ethics. Students must have completed the comprehensive exam prior to enrolling.
This course is designed for doctoral and master of science students only. Critical review of current literature in nutritional biochemistry, intervention and policy, and population-based nutrition science. Focuses on the development of skills in reviewing and criticizing articles.
This course is designed for first year doctoral and master of science students only. Critical review of current literature in nutritional biochemistry, intervention and policy, and population-based nutrition science. Focuses on the development of skills in reviewing and criticizing articles.
Individual arrangements with faculty for doctoral students to participate in ongoing research.
Two laboratory or research group rotations supervised by nutritional biochemistry faculty. Provides a breadth of research experience for students prior to selecting dissertation adviser. Up to six laboratory hours per week.