This course aims to expand student’s knowledge on a variety of common pathophysiological conditions and integrate this knowledge with the intervention of clinical nutrition therapies. Students will learn about the basic elements of medical nutritional therapy. These include nutritional assessment, which incorporates the use of anthropometric, biochemical and clinical data to determine nutritional status. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding energy expenditure and body composition and their components, and how these may change during physiological stress or illness.
Master of Nutrition Science & Policy
Varying global and national forces drive food production and consumption within and among nations. The possibilities and limitations facing nutrition professionals in any given situation require an understanding of policy and the basic principles of policy formation. In order to be effective, professionals need an understanding of the indicators that are available to diagnose the situation, the skills to seek out information, and the ability to correctly interpret the results.
Students will explore the fundamental roles of nutrients in biological systems and the implications of macronutrient biological functions on food and nutrition policy. Emphasis will be placed on the function of nutrients as defined by their chemistry, interrelations among nutrient functions, mechanistic approaches in the analysis of nutrient‐disease relationships, and recent advances in the basic sciences related to nutrition and nutrient function. The course will integrate examples of community, clinical and public health policy applications throughout the term.
Nutrition scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University have developed the MyPlate for Older Adults which corresponds with MyPlate, the federal government’s food group symbol.
This course is designed to train students how to conduct a literature review, how to summarize the information from the review, how to identify the gaps in the available information, and how to propose a study to fill one of the apparent gaps. This course combines classroom sessions, webinars, and individual synchronous tutorials with substantial individual work to create a proposal ready for submission for funding. Students will be taught how to perform each step and will be expected to apply it to a topic they have chosen for this one semester course.
Students will critically evaluate, compare, interpret, judge, summarize and explain statistical results published in research articles in health and nutrition journals from the United States and around the world that are influencing the practice of nutrition science, policy and research. Students learn and use Stata® statistical software for their homework.
Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, and dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy speaks about the global priorities and policies needed to improve cardiometabolic health. This seminar was held on September 10th, 2014.
This Friedman Seminar features Elena Naumova, giving a presentation titled: "What would Michelangelo think about BMI?". This seminar was held on February 4th, 2015.
This Friedman Seminar features Simin Nikbin Meydani, speaking on the topic of "Nutrition, Inflammation, Immunity, and Healthspan" This seminar was held on March 11th, 2015.