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Clinical Dietetics I
FNH 470
Instructor: Debbie Zibrik
Office: FNH 323
Office Hours: Tu/Th 9:30-10:30am

by appointment after 12:30pm

Class Schedule:
Important Course Pages
Lecture Notes
Course Discussion

Course Objectives

This course will provide students with an opportunity to examine the role of nutrition in disease prevention; etiology and treatment of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal complications/disorders. The format for this course will be 2 x 80-minute lectures each week. Case studies are assigned to each content area and a variety of other class activities, including guest lectures from dietitians in practice, multi-media resources, and selected readings to support the material in this course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Search, review, interpret, abstract, and critically evaluate the current literature in clinical dietetics relating to one of the major topics in the course;
  2. Describe and discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and gastrointestinal complications and disorders;
  3. Using a case study approach, apply clinical nutrition knowledge to clinical practice for the management of the disorders listed above;
  4. Apply knowledge of nutrition, disease, physiological factors, socioeconomic factors, and the components of nutrition assessment to develop and recommend nutrition care plans;
  5. Apply knowledge of nutrition support (enteral and TPN) including knowledge of special nutritional products, their composition, and appropriate application to the provision of nutritional care.


  1. There are six scheduled online quizzes. There is no midterm or final exam and there are no "make-up quizzes". A missed quiz = loss of quiz % to the cumulative grade.
  2. All six Case Studies must be completed to receive credit for this course. Late assignments will not be accepted after the scheduled due date/time.
  3. Completion of three CE Courses (Motivational Interviewing, Making Simplistic Nutrition Recommendations and Management of Obesity) are required to receive credit for this course. Certificates of completion are due as scheduled.
  4. One-half of students will complete the Evidence-Based Research Paper, in-class presentation in the first term; all others will complete the project related to topics in Term 2. Marks for all students will be accrued in the total grade for FNH 475 Clinical Dietetics II in Term 2.

Required Textbooks

  1. Nelms, M Sucher, Lacey and Roth. Nutrition and Pathophysiology (2e) 2010. Brooks/Cole.
  2. Nelms, M, Roth S. Medical Nutrition Therapy - A Case Study Approach. Thompson Books. 2014 (4e). ISBN 9781133593151. This textbook may be bundled with the online access code for Diet Analysis+ Software Version 10.0 required to complete the case studies.

Enrichment: To enrich and broaden understanding beyond lecture notes, text, case studies, and guest presentations, students are encouraged to read supplemental material posted on the UBC Connect site.