Learning Goal 1 (KNOWLEDGE – Observed in Writing)

Candidates in the Applied Nutrition program will demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the dynamic nature of nutrition and the complex biochemical factors that influence health status.
  • Understand and be able to apply behavior change principles as they apply to health settings.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic principles of nutrition and how they relate to overall health and exercise performance.
  • Understand the factors influencing obesity and the metabolic consequences of obesity and its relationship to chronic disease.
  • Understand the factors influencing the development of eating disorders and eating disorder sequelae.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of fitness psychology as they apply to exercise professionals.

Learning Goal 2 (KNOWLEDGE – Observed Skills and Dispositions)

Candidates in the Applied Nutrition program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand and evaluate educational programs and prevention and treatment interventions toward improving the health status of target population groups.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to interpret, design and/or conduct applied nutrition and fitness research.
  • Create and/or evaluate a comprehensive and coherent educational and/or instructional nutrition tool, care plan or program using appropriate technologies.
  • Prescribe safe and effective exercise for a variety of populations, including healthy clients and special populations (e.g., pregnant women, elderly, children, etc.).
  • Create an appropriate sports specific exercise prescription for an athlete.

Learning Goal 3 (SERVICE)

Candidates in the Applied Nutrition program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society.  Within contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Describe the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, both within the context of research and within the larger context of professional practice.
  • Understand moral and ethical implications of media influences and policy decisions that affect the health and well-being of consumers: patients, clients, and the community at large.
  • Understand and mobilize community resources by promoting an understanding, appreciation, and use of diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources within the local community, and show utility of such resources in developing health promotion and disease prevention programs to benefit society.

Learning Goal 4 (PROFESSIONALISM)

Candidates in the Applied Nutrition program will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of sound evidence-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all patients, clients and/or consumers have optimal opportunities to learn and grow.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Write a research proposal that demonstrates an understanding of research design by incorporating appropriate consideration of ethical issues and controlling threats to internal and external validity.
  • Use statistics as a tool for evaluating data and drawing inferences, and for judging the strength and quality of data used in research in health professions.

Learning Goal 5 (LEADERSHIP)

Candidates in the Applied Nutrition program will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on patients, clients, organizations, and the community at large.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand and evaluate potential moral and legal consequences of decision-making relative to the health and welfare of patients and clients
  • Understand, anticipate, and assess emerging trends and initiatives in order to promote best practices in health care and effective educational strategies with the goal of improving the health and well being of patients, clients, and the community at large.
  • Understand, anticipate, and assess emerging trends and initiatives in order to promote best practices in health care and effective educational strategies with the goal of improving the health and well being of patients, clients, and the community at large.