Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Mar 24, 2023  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NS 4250 - Nutrition Communications and Counseling

Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: NS 1150  or NS 1220 , plus NS 2450 . Enrollment limited to: senior and junior students. Enrollment preference given to: senior Dietetics (DPD) students and Nutritional Sciences majors.


Students learn the theoretical basis of effective health promotion communications and develop effective nutrition communication skills through application in a variety of settings. Provides hands-on experiences in counseling, educational program development, and oral and written communications.

Outcome 1: Develop and articulate original nutrition education material through written, oral, and social media outlets for diverse audiences.

Outcome 2: Evaluate the scientific evidence behind food messages, popular diets, and common nutrition misconceptions. KRDN 1.1: Demonstrate how to locate, interpret, evaluate and use professional literature to make ethical, evidence-based practice decisions.

Outcome 3: Discover intrinsic motivations with relation to both food choices and career choice.

Outcome 4: Apply principals from formal theories to successfully counsel a client to achieve a behavior change. KRDN 3.3: Demonstrate counseling and education methods to facilitate behavior change for and enhance wellness for diverse individuals and groups.

Outcome 5: Conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment including diet analysis, nutrition counseling, goal setting, and evaluation with an individual.

Outcome 6: Plan, execute, and evaluate a nutrition lesson plan for a specific audience. KRDN 3.2: Develop an educational session or program/educational strategy for a target population.

Outcome 7: Differentiate between optimal and disordered eating and the commensurate counseling strategies.

Outcome 8: Understand current coding and billing practices within the insurance and medical systems. KRDN 4.3: Describe the regulation system related to billing and coding, what services are reimbursable by third party payers, and how reimbursement may be obtained.

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