Functional Nutrition Curriculum

Functional Nutrition Courses:

30 Total credit hours

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This course includes evidence-based guidelines and current nutrition theory as it relates to the immune, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems as well as energy imbalance and an overview of the Nutrition Care Process. The elements of pathology and biochemistry are integrated with nutrition guidelines for prevention and treatment in this course. (Pre-requisite: Admission Requirements)

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This course includes evidence-based guidelines and current nutrition theory as it relates to the Gallbladder, Pancreatic, Liver, Endocrine, Renal, Hematological, and Neurological systems. The elements of pathology and biochemistry are integrated with nutrition guidelines for prevention and treatment in this course.

Prerequisites: NUTR 5100 Functional Nutrition Therapy I – 3 Credit Hours

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This course applies the theory and application for assisting individuals and groups to change lifestyle and dietary behaviors related to health promotion. Students will select theories and practices necessary for effective health behavior change related to obesity, stress, sedentary lifestyles, and diet for the reduction of chronic disease risk.

Prerequisites: NUTR 5100 Functional Nutrition Therapy I – 3 Credit Hours, NUTR 5200 Functional Nutrition Therapy II – 3 Credit Hours

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This course emphasizes gaining the skills required to plan and execute research studies in nutrition sciences. Topics include scientific writing, literature review skills, developing hypotheses, human ethics in research, and scientific presentation skills.

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This course presents different methods used for assessment and screening of nutritional status for the purpose of promoting health. The use of anthropometric, dietary, clinical and biochemical measures is emphasized in pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adults, and elderly populations.

Prerequisites: NUTR 5100 Functional Nutrition Therapy I – 3 Credit Hours

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This course focuses on understanding the psychological processes of eating behaviors and the adoption of habits concerning food, eating, and our bodies. Issues to be addressed include food choice, the development of food preferences, motivation to eat, cultural influences on eating patterns, weight regulation, body image, dieting behaviors, obesity, eating disorders, and treatment of unhealthy eating behaviors.

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This course offers an advanced overview of the role of nutrient selection, metabolism, and timing play in supporting and improving human physical performance. Emphasis will be placed on applying evidence-based strategies and recommendations to realistic case studies.

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The course is designed to facilitate the understanding of biochemical principles and concepts to human nutrition. Topics include metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and amino acids. (Pre-requisite: Admission Requirements)

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This course focuses on the integration of chemical, biological, and physiological functions of vitamins and minerals as related to human nutrition.

Prerequisites: NUTR 6501 Macronutrients – 3 Credit Hours

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This course serves as the Master’s Capstone for Parker University Master’s of Functional Nutrition program. The Capstone course affords the opportunity to conduct
applied research, program planning, or program evaluation on a specific nutrition problem, topic, or existing program in either a community or institutional setting. The primary focus of the course is the analysis of scientific literature to formulate a research proposal including a thorough review of literature, hypothesis, and methodology. The research proposal will describe contributions to the field of functional nutrition. (Prerequisite(s): All core coursework. This course must be taken in the final term of enrollment.)

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