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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Jan 23, 2018
 
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NS 4500 - Public Health Nutrition


     
Spring. 2 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: NS 1150 . Students must attend first lecture or placement is forfeited. 

K. Rasmussen.

Public health nutrition is the major professional career track for nutritionists outside of dietetics. It deals with efforts to improve the diets and nutritional status of whole populations by working at the community, state, and national levels. Course helps prepare students to work in public health nutrition by describing methods used in the assessment of nutrition problems, the development of nutrition-related policies, and the delivery of health, nutrition, and food assistance programs.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to: (1) describe the functions of government in public health and articulate how they are related to their personal profession goals, (2) describe the evolution of public health and public health nutrition policies in the US, (3) identify current controversies in public health nutrition in the media and (4) discuss how they are framed for public and political use.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to: (1) describe how nutrition problems are assessed at the individual and population level, (2) describe how nutritional status is monitored in the American population and (3) discuss the concepts used to link food production to health, including relevant economic and social concerns.

Outcome 3: For each policy covered in class, students will be able to: (1) describe the policy and how its design relates to its rationale and goals, (2) discuss its positive aspects, (3) critique its negative aspects and (4) name the agency responsible for it.

Outcome 4: For each program covered in class, students will be able to: (1) describe the program (including who is eligible and what benefits are provided) and how its design relates to its rationale and goals, (2) discuss its positive aspects, (3) critique its negative aspects and (4) name the agency responsible for it.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to: (1) identify gaps in the matrix of nutrition policies in the US, (2) develop alternative policy options and (3) compare policy options using relevant analytic approaches.

Outcome 6: Students will be able to use information obtained in the course to determine how to respond to issues typically encountered in work environments in public health nutrition.



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