Nutrition and Dietetics 301

NUTR 301: Introduction to Professions in Foods and Nutrition

Prerequisites: Major in Nutrition and Dietetics and Junior Standing.

Students are introduced into professions in nutrition, including educational preparation, areas of specialization and professional issues in the discipline.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both NUTR 301 and NUTR 100.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

  • Ethics in business and medical professions
  • Health care policy administration
    • Reimbursement
    • Delivery systems
  • Politics of Foods and Nutrition
  • Professional Organizations
    • Participation
    • Expectations/behavior
    • Club activities
  • Interpersonal communication skills
    • Negotiation
    • Conflict resolution
  • Research methodology
    • Scientific method
    • Library research skills
  • Presentation skills
    • Techniques
    • Appropriate dress
    • Power point
  • Career planning and assessment
    • Apply individual skills to career selection
    • Goal setting
    • Academic portfolio
    • Professional portfolio
  • Positions in dietetics and foodservice management
    • Major responsibilities
    • Guest speaker presentations
  • How to find a job
    • Getting a recommendation
    • Networking
    • Career portfolio
    • Resume development
    • Volunteer opportunities and responsibilities
    • Work ethic
  • Diversity issue


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

NUTR is taught by lectures, discussions, videotapes, and invited speakers who represent the various professions within foods and nutrition. University librarians present an electronic information workshop.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Media presentations
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Educational theory and techniques
  • Public speaking
  • Educational materials development
  • Research methodologies
  • Scientific method
  • Food and nutrition laws/regulations/policies
  • Diversity issues
  • Health care policy and administration
  • Health care delivery systems

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Use oral and written communications in presenting an educational session for a group
  • Explain a public policy position regarding dietetics
  • Use current information technologies
  • Develop a personal portfolio


Assessment Measures

Students will develop an academic and professional portfolio using current informational technology


Other Course Information

  • Students will be given assignments that will require library research.
  • Students will be encouraged to participate in experiential learning.
  • This course, in part, fulfills the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics approved by the American Dietetic Association.


Review and Approval

December 2001 Updated Anne Alexander, Chair

March, 2010

March 27, 2012 Revised