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Sample intro nutrition syllabus

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This is my 41st semester teaching introductory nutrition to a diverse group of non-nutrition majors.   Its been a privilege, pleasure, and learning experience personally and professionally.   Even though I authored an introductory text, Nutrition for a Changing World, and certainly had input in to its organization, I opt to teach my course a bit differently than the table of contents outlines.   I start off with Chapter 1 on the Science and Scope of Nutrition and include highlights from Chapter 3 on Digestion, but hold off on Chapter 2 Healthy Diets until after we've covered the macronutrients (chapters 4 - 6) and micronutrients (chapters 7 -10).  I feel these lay a foundation to address "just what is a healthy diet?".   I then backtrack again to cover Spotlight C on Plant Based Diets and jump ahead to include highlights from Spotlight H on Food Safety as these align nicely with characteristics of healthy diets.   I move on to diet/nutrition and its role in diabetes (Spotlight A), heart disease (Spotlight B) and obesity (Chapter 11).   Then on to nutrition and fitness (Chapter 12) and the lifecycle chapters.   I'm attaching my current syllabus if you are interested.   Its nice that we can all organize our courses as seems to work best for our approach and students, and that order of coverage is flexible.   I also set up my Launchpad Home Page to align with the order of syllabus.   Best!   Jamie

About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.