NUTR 323 Public Health Nutrition: Infancy Through Aging

Spring 2005 Syllabus

Course Description | TextbookObjectives | Evaluation & Grading | Policies | Assignments | Instructor's ContactTentative Topic Schedule

Instructor: Linda Shephard, MPH, RD, Assistant Professor
Office: Ardolf 158
Phone: 363-5034    
Office Hours: By Appointment

Required Textbook:

Brown, Judith E. et al. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Wadsworth, 2002.

Course Website (password required):          
Go to the website for study questions/study guides, links to handouts and readings, and additional resources.

Course Description:

Study of nutrition and human growth and development including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging.  Physiological, psychological, and chronic degenerative conditions associated with aging and related nutrition implications are examined.  An epidemiological approach is utilized to examine relationships between diet, disease and health status, implications for public health policy, and existing federal, state, and community programs.

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the nutrition needs and recommendation for groups and individual for each phase of the life-cycle.
  2. Identify common nutrition deficiencies or excesses for each phase of the life-cycle.
  3. Identify national nutrition policies and monitoring procedures.
  4. Evaluate epidemiological evidence to support current national health policy and interpret national nutrition surveys and health data.
  5. Identify social issues and opposing ideologies that relate to the development of public health policy and the effectiveness of public health nutrition programs.
  6. Recognize the importance of food and nutrition in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease.
  7. Identify nutrition recommendations of various groups (e.g. American Heart Association, National Cancer Institute, etc.) and the national and local programs designed to prevent disease.
  8. Recognize the implications of socioeconomic status, food availability and access for the individual, family, and community.
  9. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills through participation in class discussion and an oral poster presentation. 


 It is the student’s responsibility to attend class. 

  • The Nutrition Department follows the Attendance Policy stated in the college catalog.

"Students are required to attend all class meetings of courses for which they are registered.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact an instructor, preferably in advance, of a necessary absence.  A student absent from class for any reason assumes the responsibility for making up work which has been missed.  An instructor may fail a student if the instructor determines that unwarranted absences have earned the student a grade of "F", based on grading standards and attendance requirements defined in the course syllabus."

  • More than 2 unexcused absences will result in the reduction of one letter grade.
  • More than 6 unexcused absences will result in a grade of "F" in the course. 
  • Missed quizzes may not be made up.
    (The instructor determines what is considered an "excused" absence – simply notifying the instructor of your absence is not sufficient.)
  • Class time will be spent on the most important concepts and most difficult topics; it provides an opportunity to examine applications, illustrations, and current issues which are not in the book, so it is difficult to make up for missed classes.  If you must miss class, you should get the notes from someone.
  • All reading assignments should be completed prior to lecture. (This forms the basis of the quizzes.)
  • Be prepared to ask questions if you do not understand the reading material.
  • If you have a question which has not been addressed in class, do not hesitate to ask.



  • Assignments are designed to provide practice applying information or provide experiences in public health nutrition and life cycle nutrition activities. 
  • Late assignments not be accepted or will be subject to loss of points, at the discretion of the instructor.    
  • Assignments and exams will be collected and kept by the department for documentation for grades after they have been reviewed in class.  If you wish to keep a copy of the assignments, make your copies before submitting them for a grade. 
  • Please label your assignments using both first and last names, and staple all that are more than one page.  Unless otherwise noted, all assignments must be word processed.


  • It is assumed that you are computer literate and able to access and use: email, WWW (& search engines), listservs and word processing.  Please see me if you need assistance. 
  • Review sessions are gladly provided if a group of students request one.  Feel free to see me individually as well.

Special Needs:

  • Any students with special learning needs or disabilities, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests with the instructor as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns about the course, please call or email me and we can arrange an appointment if desired.  Sooner, rather than later, is always better.


Evaluation (Grades):

The Nutrition Department uses a point system for grading.  Grades are not determined by a curve but by the total points you earn.  You can use the table below to keep track of your grades.  (Note: additional activities may be added as semester progresses.) 


Possible Points

Your Points

Exam I



Exam II



Final Exam (comprehensive)



News/Research Summaries



Quizzes (10, with lowest 1 dropped)



Case Study 1:  Pregnancy/Lactation



Case Study 2:  Infant/Toddler



Case Study 3:  Child/ Adolescent



Case Study 4:  Elderly



Position Paper/Presentation:  Public Health Nutrition Programs



Total points:




Course Grade


Total Points



577 - 630



551 - 576



513 - 550



488 - 512



450 - 487



425 - 449



387 - 424



 < 386  


Tentative Class Schedule

The class schedule is suggested and changes may occur in the amount of classroom time devoted to each subject or chapter, depending on new research/current events, guest speakers, or other relevant activities.  


Topics and Assignments


Aug 29

  • Introduction & Course Procedures

  • Basic Nutrition Knowledge expectations 

  • Intro to "community" and "health"

Chap. 1 

Sep 2, 4, 6

  • Quiz 1 (Chapter 1)

  • Components of Public Health/Community Nutrition

  • Epidemiology and Nutrition Research

  • Nutrition Monitoring, Nutrition Assessment, HP2010

  • Guest Speaker

Doyle & Ward, Chap 3. (on reserve at library)

Selected Readings

Sep 10, 12

  • Quiz 2 (Chapters 2-3)
  • Preconception Nutrition

Chap. 2, 3


Sep 16,18, 20

  • Quiz 3 (Chapter 4-5)
  • Nutrition during Pregnancy
  • Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Guest Speaker

Chap. 4, 5


Sep 24, 26

  • Quiz 4 (Chapter 6-7)
  • Nutrition during Lactation

Chap. 6, 7

Sep 30

  • Case Study 1 due:  Pregnancy/Lactation


Oct 2

  • > > > Exam I < < <


Oct 8

  • WIC

Selected Readings   

Oct 10, 14

  • Quiz 5 (Chapter 8-9)

  • Infant Nutrition

Chap. 8, 9

Oct 16, 18

  • Quiz 6 (Chapter 10-11)

  • Toddler and Preschooler Nutrition

  • Guest Speaker

Chap 10, 11

Oct 22

  • Head Start, CACFP

Selected Readings

Oct 24

  • Case Study 2 due:  Infant & Toddler


Oct  28, 30

  • Quiz 7 (Chapter 12-13)
  • Child and Preadolescent Nutrition

  • Child Obesity

Chap. 12, 13

Nov 1

  • National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Selected Readings  

Nov 5, 7

  • Quiz 8 (Chapter 14-15)

  • Adolescent Nutrition 

Chap 14, 15

Nov 11

  • Case Study 3 due:  Child/Adolescent


Nov 13

  • > > > Exam II < < <


Nov 15, 19

  • Quiz 9 (Chapters 16-17)

  • Adult Nutrition

  • Chronic Disease Prevention, NCEP

  • National Health Recommendations 

Chap 16, 17

Selected Readings  


Nov 21, 25

  • Food Assistance Programs

  • Poverty, Hunger, Food Insecurity in the US

  • Guest Speaker

Boyle/Morris, Chap 12 (on reserve at library)

Selected Readings  

Dec 2, 4

  • Quiz 10 (Chapters 18-19)

  • Elderly Nutrition

  • Elderly Nutrition Program

Chap. 18, 19

Dec 6

  • Case Study 4 due: Elderly Nutrition


Dec 10

  • Presentations/Discussion: Public Health Nutrition Programs


Dec 12

  • Wrap up Review for Final Exam


Dec 16-19

  • >>>  Final Exam  <<<  (date TBA)