Nutrition and Dietetics 436

NUTR 436: Nutrition Counseling and Education II

Prerequisites: NUTR 435

Continuation of NUTR 435

Credit Hours: (3)


Detailed Description of Course

The purpose of this course is to present current counseling theories, behavior change models and educational techniques used by the nutrition practitioner to effect changes in food behaviors consistent with evidence based nutrition protocols for prevention or management of disease. Professional issues related to the provision of nutrition therapy by the Registered Dietitian will also be addressed.

Major topics to be covered

Professional Issues

  • Ethical issues in nutritional counseling
  • Standards of professional practice for Dietetics
  • Medical nutrition therapy disease specific protocols
  • Nutrition care process and models
  • Documentation and interdisciplinary communication
  • Regulatory issues: health information privacy (HIPAA), current procedural terminology (CPT) codes, and insurance payments (Medicare and Private).
  • Current legislation and emerging trends

Theory and Skills Integrated

  • Case presentations
  • Guided counseling experiences
  • Practical experience


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be conducted using case presentations; observation and critique of simulated and/or actual counseling sessions, live and/or videotaped demonstrations, development and critique of educational materials, journaling, lecture, and discussion.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

They following foundation knowledge and skills required for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (Dietetics Concentration) curriculum as set by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education will be met through this course.Upon successful completion of the course:

Students will have knowledge of

  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Counseling theory and methods
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Media presentations
  • Lay and technical writing
  • Educational theory and techniques
  • Concepts of human and group dynamics
  • Educational materials development
  • Health behaviors and educational needs of diverse populations
  • Current reimbursement issues, policies, and regulations
  • Health care delivery systems

Students will have demonstrated the ability to

  • Use oral and written communications in presenting an educational session for a group
  • Counsel individuals on nutrition
  • Document appropriately a variety of activities


Assessment Measures

Assessment strategies will include formative evaluations, graded written exams, demonstrations, projects and journals.


Other Course Information

This course, in part, fulfills the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (Dietetics Concentration) accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.