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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GMS6714
Tracking Number - 3043

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-04-22
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for 1/14/13; GC approved 1/28/13. to USF Sys 1/28/13; to SCNS 2/5/13. Approved eff 4/1/13. Nmbr 6716 approved as 6714

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-12-05
  2. Department: Deans Office
  3. College: MD
  4. Budget Account Number: 6108-000
  5. Contact Person: Michael J. Barber, D.Phil.
  6. Phone: 8139749908
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: GMS
  9. Number: 6714
  10. Full Title: Nutrition Counseling
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nutrition Counseling
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Focuses on the important linkage between lifestyle modification and appropriate nutritional activities to support optimum health and explores various motivational approaches to effect nutritional change as part of lifestyle change.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Metabolic Nutritional Medicine represents a new and evolving discipline in the medical sciences that deals with an integrative and functional medicine approach to healthcare and disease prevention The discipline combines evidence based medicine with new approaches to therapeutics and patient wellness. Nutrition and metabolism represent a critical approaches to understanding and controlling obesity The Metabolic Nutritional Medicine concentration currently has 110 registered students and approx 15 registered for the first course offering.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 1 time
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) All the instructors in the course are M.D., D.O. or Ph.D. or equivalent trained faculty.
  29. Objectives: The course has the following objectives:

    Identify the roles of nutrition counselors and educators in healthcare practice.

    Compare and contrast diseases associated with overeating, under-eating and dietary or nutritional imbalance.

    Discuss nutrition education and learning experiences designed to facilitate the voluntary adoption of eating and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to health and wellbeing in patients.

    Examine techniques to increase patient knowledge, influence motivations and guide development of skills required for dietary behavior change.

    Discuss the results of randomized trials designed to examine the effect of dietary interventions on health outcomes.

    Discuss the foundations of optimal nutrition and the roles of micronutrients, the concept of whole foods and the value of dietary analysis in maintaining appropriate nutrition.

    Examine methods to develop individualized and optimum diets for various classes of patients.

    Discuss the pathophysiological effects of various toxins and examine methods of detoxification.

    Examine the pathophysiological effects of stress and their mitigation.

    Explore the importance of maintaining appropriate dental health.

    Examines the costs of healthcare and the advantages of lifestyle change.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    •Explain the difference between addressing symptoms of disease with palliative drugs and surgery versus resolving underlying etiology of disease with lifestyle alterations

    •Discuss basic nutrition: digestion, absorption, assimilation, deposition, and utilization of all essential nutrients

    •Identify the key components in a healthy gut ecosystem along with the probiotic and prebiotic precursors for optimal immune functioning

    •Analyze a patient's lifestyle exercise habits and make appropriate recommendations for enhanced physical therapy

    •Assess the key avenues of entry for toxins into the human body, along with major principles of detoxification

    •Analyze a patient's attitude and stress levels as they may be involved in the overall equation of patient's morbidity

    •Itemize the main vectors that constitute "host defense mechanisms" in a human body in order to restore the patient's innate self-regulating and self-repairing capacities

    •Adapt to individual patient needs, ethnic diets, unique eccentricities and still be able to counsel the patient toward a healthier lifestyle that will prevent or reverse disease

    •Design a recommended diet based upon unique preferences, limitations in food preparation, and requirements for wellness from doctor's prescription

    •Discuss how to outline potentially useful nutrition supplements, based upon limitations in ability to swallow pills and finances, and predicated on physician's advice

  31. Major Topics: Major course topics include:

    Health Costs.

    Advantages of Lifestyle Change.

    Homeostasis - A Healthy Human Body.

    The Spectrum of Food and Eating.

    Nutrients (Beyond Deficiencies).

    Good Health Judgments.

    Personal Dietary Analysis.

    Nutrition Basics of Micronutrients and Water.

    Micronutrients and Essential Nutrients.

    The How of Eating.

    Whole Foods Concept.

    Exercise-Blood Glucose Control.


    Psychoneuroimmunology - You are What You Think.

    Stress and Mind-Body Approaches.

    Aerobic and Biomechanical Humans.

    Dental Health - Nutritional Oncology.

    Energy Medicine: The New Frontier of Medicine.

    The Patient Workup.

    Making Changes that Last: The Therapeutic Encounter.

  32. Textbooks: •Minich, D., “Chakra Foods for Optimum Health”. Conari Press, CA, 2009. ISBN: 978-1573243735

    •Minich, D., “The Complete Handbook of Quantum Healing: An A-Z Self-Healing Guide for Over 100 Common Ailments". Conari Press, CA, 2011. ISBN: 978-1573244657

    •Minich, D., “Quantum Supplements: A Total Health and Wellness Makeover with Vitmains, Minerals and Herbs". Conari Press, CA, 2010. ISBN: 978-1573244206

    •Quillin, P., "The Wisdom and Healing Power of Whole Foods", Nutrition Times Press, CA, 2009. ISBN: 978-0963837271

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Additional and appropriate readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The course requires the completion of 3 case study research papers 15% each 45% of grade. Comprehensive midterm exam 23% of grade. Comprehensive final exam 23% of grade. 5 webcasts 9% of grade.
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The course requires completion of 4 unit self-assessment quizzes, 3 case studies research papers, a comprehensive midterm exam, a comprehensive final exam and 5 webcasts.
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: For documented student absences, such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missing case reports or exams. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity as described in course syllabus.
  38. Program This Course Supports: M.S in Medical Sciences- Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine concentration.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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