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Clinical Dietetics II
FNH 475
Instructor: Debbie Zibrik
Office Hours: Tu/Th Before Class

After class on Tuesdays only

Class Schedule: Tu/Th 0930-1100h
Classroom: FNH 40
Important Course Pages
Lecture Notes
Course Discussion

Course Objectives

The primary objective for this course is to examine the role of nutrition in the management and treatment of a variety of disorders including diseases of the livery, biliary system and pancreas, diseases of the kidney, conditions of severe stress (trauma, burns, etc.), wasting disorders, cancer, HIV/AIDS and other topics for which diet therapy may be the major component (eating disorders, metabolic diseases, allergies, cystic fibrosis, etc.).

The format for this course will be 2 x 80 minute discussions, seminar activities per week. This course is designed to facilitate learning through practice based scenarios using the assigned clinical case studies, experiential learning activities with dietitians in practice (guest speakers), research of current clinical reports and selected readings.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and discuss the etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of diseases of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, severe stress, wasting disorders, cystic fibrosis, select metabolic diseases, food allergies, and eating disorders.
  2. Apply clinical knowledge to clinical practice for the management of the disorders listed above.
  3. Apply knowledge of nutrition, disease, physiological and socioeconomic factors and components of nutrition assessment to develop and recommend nutrition care plans.
  4. Apply knowledge of nutrition support including knowledge of special nutritional products, their composition and appropriate application to the provision of nutritional care.


Activity Percentage of Grade
Participation 10 %
EBM Research Assignment 10 %
Quizzes x 4 (12.5 % each) 40 %
Case Studies 40 %
TOTAL: 100 %

Required Textbooks

  1. Nelms Marcia, Sucher K & S Long. Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology. Thompson Brooks Cole. 2e. 2011. ISBN: 13: 978-1-4390-4962-4.
  2. Nelms Marcia and Sara Anderson. Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Case Study Approach 3e. 2009. ISBN 0-495-55476-6.

Web CT Vista: Class notes are posted in advance of class. Guest lecture notes will be posted as soon as available. The goal is to post them before class.

Additional Readings:

  1. Mahan, KL and S Escott-Stump. Krause's Food & Nutrition Therapy. 12e. 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4160-3401-8.
  2. Other readings specified throughout the term and posted on Vista.


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