Online Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Department Class Title Class Description
Core Nutrition Courses 710 Human Energy Metabolism Fundamentals in human macronutrient metabolism and its role in health and disease. Biochemistry and physiology of macronutrient digestion, anabolism, and catabolism. Disorders of energy metabolism (obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, starvation). Metabolic effects of fiber and the microbiota. Body composition and energy assessment. Taught in an online format using lectures, guided readings, and projects. P: Declared in M.S. – Clinical Nutrition degree program.
711 Personalized Nutrition: Genetics, Genomics, and Metagenomics Genetic factors that modulate the relationships between diet, health, and disease risks, including the effects of differences in our genetic makeup (Nutrigenetics), the regulation of gene expression by nutrients and dietary patterns (Nutrigenomics), and the interactions between diet, gut microbiome, and human hosts (Metagenomics). P: Declared in M.S. – Clinical Nutrition degree program.
715 Micronutrients: Human Physiology and Disease Micronutrients explores the function of vitamins and essential mineral nutrients from the biochemical and nutritional perspective with emphasis on issues essential for clinical nutrition. P: Declared in M.S. – Clinical Nutrition degree program.
720 Advanced Nutrition Assessment Advanced skills and evolving methods of nutritional assessment. Measurement and interpretation of physical examination and laboratory parameters. Diagnosing malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies, including clinical characteristics used to identify and label the degree of malnutrition. P: Declared in M.S. – Clinical Nutrition degree program.
721 Nutrition Informatics The emerging role of the electronic storage, retrieval and dissemination of food and nutrition related data and the effective use of information for problem solving and decision-making for the dietetics professional. P: Declared in M.S. – Clinical Nutrition degree program.
725 Advanced Community Nutrition Community nutrition as it applies to clinical nutrition practice: programs, resources and issues supporting clinical nutrition practice in the community. P: Declared in M.S. – Clinical Nutrition degree program.
Clinical Nutrition Courses 650 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care and Nutrition Support Advanced study of the metabolic demands of critical illness and how these alterations influence the nutritional needs of critical care patients in various disease states. Using an evidence-based medical approach, students will assess nutrient requirements and determine best methods of nutrient delivery in various disease states. Anthropometric measures and hematological indices will be incorporated to assess nutritional status and monitor response to nutritional therapies. P: Admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition, or the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship.
651 Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Pediatrics Pediatric nutritional requirements with emphasis on issues related to evidence-based medical nutrition therapy. P: Admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition or the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship.
652 Advanced Clinical Nutrition – Nutrition Counseling & Education Application of current theories and techniques of counseling and education to the field of nutrition and dietetics. Practical application of communication techniques, client-centered counseling methods, motivational interviewing, learning theories and behavior change techniques, and factors affecting eating patterns. Nutrition psychology and the psychoanalytic approach to nutrition counseling will be emphasized in the class. Principles of group counseling/facilitation and instructional material/media design. P: Admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition or the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship.
653 Clinical Nutrition Research Research use and development as it applies to clinical nutrition practice: effective use of the literature in evidence based practice and research development, problem development, methodology, analysis and reporting of results and conclusions. P: Admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition or the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship.
Professional Skills 700 EPD: Connected Learning The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be efficient and effective learners in a networked environment. The course recognizes that the role of “learner” is only one of many roles that you must play in your busy life. It strives to help you become easily adaptable to digital tools and technologies. The course cannot address all network and computing situations required by a student or professional, but will focus on key concepts, orientation, and critical skills that have been identified as key professional competencies of a digitally literate professional. You will learn key concepts to be an effective online learner and connected professional. This includes: tools and strategies for online learning; efficient time and attention management; tools and best practices for online collaboration and communication; and techniques for the continuous improvement of skills in all applicable facets of digital professional work. The goals of the course are to teach a strategic approach to learning online and to impart critical professional competencies for future success. P: Graduate or professional standing.
701 EPD: Professional Writing Professional Writing is an online course in the Professional Literacy Course suite. The goal of this 1-credit, 8-week course is to prepare students to produce effective written communication that is suitable for inter-professional and inter-disciplinary audiences in a variety of workplaces. Assignments apply strategies and tools introduced in live web conferences and readings to common informal and formal workplace writing, including email, memos, proposals and executive summaries. P: Graduate or professional standing.
702 EPD: Professional Presentations Students will sharpen ability to create, edit, review, and present information in an efficient, clear, and effective way for your audiences. The course will develop presentation skills through a series of presentations related to professional interests and work. P: Graduate or professional standing.
703 EPD/LIS: Managing digital Information This course helps professionals to effectively and ethically protect and organize the information that they collect, create, and manage. It also presents collaboration tools and techniques for information creation and management. P: Graduate or professional standing.
712 EPD: Professional Ethics Explores how our actions affect others and influence the choices we make within the workplace. This course will enhance ethical competencies by giving students opportunities to discuss challenges to behavior and decision-making in different professional contexts. P: Graduate or professional standing.
783 EPD/Gen Bus: Leading Teams Students will gain the knowledge and skills to continuously enhance their own team performance and productivity as well as the teams they are involved with. They will also be in a much better position to lead teams effectively. This course will not apply toward fulfilling the MBA degree requirements. P: Graduate or professional school.
784 EPD/Gen Bus: Project Management This project management course teaches techniques that will help you plan, execute, and deliver projects with desired scope on time and on budget. Learn to document clear project objectives and goals, accurately estimate project time and costs, schedule and allocate time-critical resources, and establish feedback systems for optimal project control. This course will not apply toward fulfilling the MBA degree requirements. P: Graduate or professional standing.
Electives 780 PHS: Public Health Principles and Practice An interdisciplinary graduate-level course addressing population-based approaches to community health improvement, and features problem-based learning. A focus on contemporary issues; opportunities to work with a public health mentor and lectures by local, state and national figures. P: Enrollment in the Master of Public Health (MPH) progm at UW-Madison, Grad st, or cons inst.
785 PHS: Health Systems, Management and Policy This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental characteristics of health care systems. P: Health prof st or grad st; or cons inst.
789 PHS: Principles of Environmental Health: A Systems Thinking Approach This course provides an overview of the field of environmental health, using a systems thinking approach. Systems thinking recognizes that environmental health problem solving is complex and that solutions in one area may have positive or negative impacts on other areas. As an overview it provides an introduction to the history of environmental health within the field of public health from the local to the federal and global level. It will introduce multiple disciplines, methods and approaches to numerous environmental health topics. It includes introduction to methods and tools necessary for assessing human health risks from a variety of environmental hazards and exposures found in air, land, and water with a focus on physical and chemical risks. Additional details regarding specific hazard, exposure and health outcome data and their relationship to environmental health risk assessment, environmental health decision-making and management form a public health practice perspective will be discussed. Students will become familiar with the practice of environmental health lectures and case studies. A primary goal of this course is to address core environmental health competencies for Masters of Public Health students. In addition, this course is designed to help students think critically about complex problems and practice effective communication both in written as well as oral forms of communication. As such, it will provide an overview of fundamental information and tools that public health practitioners will need to know how to use. It will also lay the foundation for more high-level courses in the field of environmental health for those wishing to pursue aspects of this field in more detail. It is aimed at students with a diverse knowledge set and background coming into the course, a general sense of basic biology and chemistry will be helpful, but not necessary. P: Graduate or professional standing.
671 Nutrition and Dietetics Practicum II The second of two supervised practice experiences in nutrition and dietetics at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and affiliated sites. Dietetic interns apply their academic training, furthering their competency in: clinical nutrition, food systems management, research, and community experiences. P: Admission to the Capstone Certificate in Clinical Nutrition – Dietetic Internship.
704 EPD: Organizational Communication and Problem Solving One of the most important processes in complex organizations is judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making. This course aims to help people improve their problem solving within complex organizations with a special emphasis on case studies and improving communication. The material will be from cross-discipline sources (organizational behavior, organizational communication, social psychology). The first part of the course will focus on different theories of how people solve problems and how to communicate problems effectively. The second part of the course will focus on using empirical science to learn how to effectively use groups and teams to communicate, innovate, and make decisions. The third part of the course will focus more on applied decision-making and communication at the organizational level with an emphasis on networks of communication, nudging ethical behavior, and conflict. Case studies are used that incorporate organizational communication within workplace scenarios. P: Graduate or professional standing.
706 EPD: Change Management Provides emerging and practicing professionals foundational knowledge sufficient to develop a change management strategy and implement it using proven processes and tools. Through this course, students will be better prepared to deliver effective organizational performance. The course applies contemporary concepts and methods in change management through student selected projects. P: Graduate or professional standing.
708 EPD: Creating Breakthrough Innovations Innovation needs processes and methods. Innovation needs tools and frameworks. But, there is no ONE right process, method, tool, or framework. Those are very context sensitive to things such as company, industry, and culture. This course is not about those things. We need to be able to be problem definers and insight generators that can apply what we learn in the real world, creating solutions and processes not seen before. P: Graduate or professional standing.
713 EPD: Key Legal Concepts for Professionals An introduction to basic legal concepts, sources, and reasoning. Laws affect all aspects of our lives. For people without legal training, though, the legal language, procedure, and argumentation is a bit bewildering. This course aims to demystify law by providing an introduction to basic legal concepts, an overview of several key substantive areas of law, and an explanation of ways in which law functions in professional practices. The course will be grounded in U.S. and closely related common law jurisdictions, but it will consider other legal systems and international law as well. P: Graduate or professional standing.
781 EPD/Gen Bus: Financial and Business Acumen This course is designed with a keen awareness for the needs of the non-financial student or professional. For this class, no previous financial training is required. The intent is to equip you with the essential concepts used to develop financial literacy. Content will cover basic financial terms and reports, analytical tools to help interpret financial data and using financial data in budgets and forecasts. This course will not apply toward fulfilling the MBA degree requirements. P: Graduate or professional standing.
785 EPD/Gen Bus: Professional Negotiations This course aims at improving students’ negotiating skills, doing so by providing a theoretical underpinning that will help them to understand the sources of effective and ineffective approaches to negotiations. This course will not apply toward fulfilling the MBA degree requirements. P: Graduate or professional standing.