Undergraduate & Graduate Courses

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Undergraduate Courses

The undergraduate courses offered by HCHS are described below and can be taken individually. Each course offered provides a thorough treatment of the subject presented and often exposes the student to scientifically sound alternative views. In addition, each nutrition course requires a critique and analysis of current nutrition trends which will prepare the student for the important nutrition decisions they will be making in the future. The following course descriptions are only intended to provide a general overview of course content. Each course treats the subject matter in a complete and thorough manner and contains considerably more information than is covered in the course description. The tuition for each course includes the course study guide. The books and videos are purchased separately. The student is allowed up to 16 weeks to complete each course.

General Education Courses


BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BUS140 Contemporary Marketing Skills
3 semester hour credits

Practical applications-oriented treatment of the activities performed by those involved in marketing. Course focuses on analyzing marketing opportunities, product pricing, distribution and promotion decisions, and careers in marketing. Course is designed to allow students to develop skills which can be utilized in any chosen career.

BUS142 Managing a Small Business
3 semester hour credits

This course includes theory and practice relating to starting and managing small firms. Topics include developing plans for the business, small business marketing, managing small business operations and financial management in the firm. Course is designed for those considering starting their own business.


CHILD DEVELOPMENT

CDV101 Child Development
3 semester hour credits

Course includes foundations of child development; conception, prenatal, and birth; heredity; infant social and emotional development; growth and maturation; the developing child learning, language, social processes; sexuality, morality and self-control; the “special needs” child.


COMMUNICATIONS

COM101 Public Speaking
3 semester hour credits

The process of public speaking; selecting a topic and purpose; supporting ideas; organizing and delivering a speech; informative and persuasive speaking; special speaking occasions; speaking in small groups and conferences; listening effectively; responding to questions and comments; preparing and evaluating speeches.


ENGLISH

ENG101 English Composition 1
3 semester hour credits

This course will emphasize principles of good writing with attention to grammar, sentence construction, punctuation, diction, mechanics, and the major forms of discourse. Compositions, parallel readings, and a short, documented essay are required. Includes streaming video series, English Composition: Writing for an Audience, by Annenberg Media.

ENG130 English: Reading Enhancement
3 semester hour credits

Develop reading skills to improve comprehension, motivation, concentration, organization, and vocabulary; techniques for more effective studying, reviewing, memory development and exam taking; parts of speech and sentence structure; discerning the author’s perspective and bias; how to read literature, math, graphs and maps.

ENG201 Survey of English Literature
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: English Composition)

This course is an undergraduate survey of English literature including the middle ages, the sixteenth century and the early seventeenth century, and the restoration and eighteenth century. Course includes streaming video series, American Passages: A Literary Survey, by Annenberg Media.


MATHEMATICS

MAT101 Business Mathematics
3 semester hour credits

Review of basic mathematics for business; bank records; merchandising; payroll; finance; real estate; accounting; annuities and investments; case studies.

MAT200 Statistics
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra)

Mathematical foundations of elementary statistical methods, application and theory, probability in discrete and continuous distribution, correlation and regression, sampling distribution, significance tests.

MAT210 College Algebra I
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra or equivalent.)

This course develops skills in problem solving, graphing, working with functions, and critical thinking. Topics include solving and graphing linear inequalities, graphing linear functions, solving linear systems of equations in two variables, exponents, and factoring polynomials.

MAT211 College Algebra II
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: College Algebra I)

Continues the emphasis on functions and graphing introduced in College Algebra I. Topics include solving and graphing quadratic equations, rational expressions, compound inequalities, absolute value equations, rational functions, radical functions, rational exponents, and complex numbers.


PSYCHOLOGY

PSY101 Psychology 3 semester hour credits

The brain, biology and behavior; sensation and reality; memory, intelligence and creativity; conditions and learning; motivation and emotion; health, stress and coping; abnormal psychology; gender, sexuality, social behavior and human relations.


SOCIAL SCIENCES

HUM200 American Character
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: English Composition)

This course examines what it has meant, and what it means today, to be an American. Elements of cultural diversity as well as things that unite us as Americans will be explored. Three themes vitally important to understanding our American culture, consumption, gender and race, will be the focus of this course.


OTHER REQUIRED COURSES

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

BIO210 Human Biology
3 semester hour credits

An introduction to human biology; the principles of chemistry; chromosomes, cells and genes; nutrition and digestion; function of the circulatory, nervous, endocrine, urinary and immune systems; reproduction, development and aging; principles of heredity; environmental issues; case studies.

BIO230 Anatomy and Physiology I
3 or 4 semester hour credits

Comprehensive study of the human anatomy and physiological principles, including the chemical basis of life, different parts of cells, the skin and the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the joints of the skeletal system, and the muscular system, and the nervous system. Course includes interactive physiology lab simulations.

BIO231 Anatomy and Physiology II
3 or 4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology I)

Continuation of human anatomy and physiological principles from BIO330, including the endocrine system, blood, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, the importance of immunity, digestive system and nutrition, respiratory system, urinary system, water, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, reproductive systems, pregnancy, growth, development, genetics, and genomics. Course includes interactive physiology lab simulations.

BIO325 Introduction to Microbiology
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Human Biology)

This course includes morphology, physiology and classification of bacteria, fungi and viruses. It examines the clinical manifestations, epidemiology, and host/parasite relationships to immunology and resistance to disease, viruses, pathogenic fungi, protozoa, and worms. Course includes online virtual microbiology lab, and streaming video series, Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology, by Annenberg Media.


CHEMISTRY

CHE101 General Chemistry
3 semester hour credits

This course includes application of chemistry to nutrition; matter, measurements, and calculations; atoms and molecules; electronic and nuclear characteristics; forces between particles; nutrition related chemical reactions; the states of matter; acids, bases, and salts.

CHE201 Organic and Biochemistry
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite General Chemistry CHE310)

Course includes nutrition/food applications of organic and biochemistry; molecular formulas of organic compounds; physical properties of compounds; characteristics of enzymes; function of cofactors; description of biochemical pathways.

EXERCISE SCIENCES

EXE101 Integrated Personal Training
3 semester hour credits

This course integrates essential information from basics in anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics to managing a small business and personal marketing. Applications for designing exercise programs for a variety of clients are presented. Types of certifications and their advantages are also reviewed.

EXE201 Track & Field Science
3 semester hours credit

This course provides the practical application of scientific knowledge needed to advance coaching expertise in track and field events.Core coaching and training principles and technical aspects of running, jumping, and throwing events are examined.This course prepares students for the Track and Field Technical Certification offered through the Track and Field Academy of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

EXE320 Exercise Physiology
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology I)

This is an introductory course in exercise physiology, with a focus on the muscular, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and metabolic responses and the physiological adaptations that occur during exercise. Concepts related to physical fitness, body composition/weight control, and training principles and dietary supplementation will be discussed. It is recommended that students complete Understanding Nutrition I prior to enrolling in this course.


HEALTH SCIENCES

HEA101 Medical Terminology
2 semester hour credits

This course includes how to decipher the meanings of medical terms by breaking them down into smaller word parts. It introduces words in the context of human anatomy, physiology and pathology so concepts are easier to grasp, while instilling the basics of suffixes, prefixes, and root words essential to developing a working medical vocabulary.

HEA201 Environmental Challenges and Solutions
3 semester hour credits

Scope and severity of environmentally triggered illnesses; a comprehensive view of the little-known effects that common pesticides and toxic chemicals have on our health; an in-depth picture of chemical sensitivities and how to recognize them; proper chemical questionnaires; understanding environmental illness how to stay well in a polluted environment; the use and effects of pesticides in our food supply and what to do about it; designing a lifestyle that will protect children from common household toxic chemicals; alternative to unsafe cleaning supplies; case studies.

HEA300 Stress Management in Integrative Health
3 semester hour credits

Introductory course to understanding what stress is and how to manage stress holistically. In this course, you will not only learn how to holistically approach stress, but discover how to incorporate specific behavior into the management and prevention of stress. As you examine the physical and psychological implications of stress, you will be conducting a self-analysis to evaluate and conclude how your own stress can be both managed and prevented.

HEA301 Health & Wellness
3 semester hour credits

Comprehensive review of general health concepts applied to a holistic approach to health and wellness. Student will explore various ways the body, mind and emotions interact with one another and with the environment to affect health, and how individuals can manipulate these elements to increase their level of well-being. Online streaming videos help highlight key concepts.

HEA302 Introduction to Complementary & Alternative Medicine
3 semester hour credits

This course is a research-based exploration of clinically relevant CAM practices, detailing the history, philosophy and mechanisms while balancing theory with practical application and methods of treatment for each therapy. Includes examination of biologically based practices, energy based medicine, manipulative and body-based practices, mind-body practices, whole medical systems, CAM & aging, and aromatherapy. An online series of streaming videos from The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as well as a series from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center are utilized as part of the curriculum.

HEA401 Pathophysiology I
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology II)

Student will review the basic mechanisms underlying pathophysiology states and will apply those concepts to the pathophysiology of specific disorders using a systemic approach. The focus of the course will be on introductory concepts of pathophysiology, pathophysiology of the neurologic, endocrine and hematologic systems.

HEA402 Pathophysiology II
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Pathophysiology I)

Continuation of HEA401. The focus of the course will be on the pathophysiology of the cardio-vascular, lymphatic, pulmonary, renal, urologic, reproductive, digestive, musculoskeletal and integumentary
systems.

HEA410 Functional & Clinical Assessment I
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutrition Therapy II)

This course is a study of various subjective and objective assessments to be used in nutrition consultations for the purpose of gathering functional and clinical data on the patient. It will cover understanding of the assessment methods and outcomes of signs and symptoms analysis; urine analysis, blood pressure testing; height & weight assessment & body composition analysis. Determine optimal treatment programs & recommendations that are based on assessment findings.

HEA411 Functional & Clinical Assessment II
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Functional & Clinical Assessment I)

This course includes: study of blood chemistry tests and their clinical & functional relevance, study of the various organs and glands that relate to blood chemistry, and study of Clinical Physiology and Clinical Chemistry that relates to functional blood chemistry analysis. Determine optimal treatment programs & recommendations that are based on assessment findings.

HEA450 Integrative Pathophysiology I
3 semester hour credits

This course explores conventional and complementary/ integrative treatments for selected diseases and conditions.  Normal structures and functions of the neurological, endocrine, and hematological systems, as well as disorders that occur in each are examined. The symptoms, causes, integrative treatments, and consequences of selected diseases and conditions are reviewed.

HEA 455 Integrative Pathophysiology II
3 semester hour credits

(Prerequisite: Integrative Pathophysiology I)

This is a continuation of HEA450. The focus of the course is on the pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, pulmonary, renal, urologic, reproductive, digestive, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. Complementary and alternative treatments for conditions of diseases and conditions of these systems in addition to conventional treatments are explored.


HERBAL SCIENCES

HER101 Introduction to Herbal Sciences
3 semester hour credits

A basic foundation and understanding of the principles of herbal medicine within the context of historical and modern health care; with an emphasis on those botanicals whose uses have been well documented through modern scientific study.  While not designed to prepare the student to be an alternative health care practitioner, when completed, the student will be well-informed about the regulation of herbal products, the primary functions of key botanicals in popular use, herbal product quality control, and the basics of herbal safety.  The energetics and classifications of Western medicinal plants will be studied, with an emphasis on the incorporation of herbalism into the daily life.

HER102 Herbs & Body Systems
3 semester hour credits

Explores primary Western medicinal botanicals used to affect body systems within the context of a holistic system.  Chemical constituents, actions and properties for the most common herbs will be studied, including some basic herbal combinations to use for each body system.  The structure, functions and main pathologies of body systems will be studied in order to understand how herbs can affect the systems.  Herbal safety, appropriate use, and prevention of disease is emphasized.  

HER103 Intro to Traditional Chinese Herbalism
3 semester hour credits

This course presents that philosophical basis for the use of Chinese herbs, and the characterizations of Chinese herbs.  The history of Chinese medicine and the different theories associated will be explored, as well as modern day practices and considerations within Chinese herbalism.  All of the main classical herbal categories will be studied, as well as 120+ useful herbs, formulas, and patents.  The usage of Chinese herbs within contemporary society will be explored, including farming practices, safety considerations, current scientific research, and the incorporation of Chinese herbs into daily life.  

HER200 Essential Oils
3 semester hour credits

Essential Oils within the context of historical, scientific, and functional aspects will be explored in this course.  In addition to the hands on manufacturing of essential oils for personal use, the specific usage of the most common essential oils will be studied; as well as manufacturing and safety considerations that must be applied while using individual and combinations of oils within all age groups.  Specific attention will be given to the culture and popularity of essential oils today, as well as how essential oils can be utilized on a daily basis to promote optimal health.


NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

NUT100 Macronutrients                                                     
3 semester hour credits

This course covers the foundational principles of nutrition with an in-depth examination of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins). The structure and function of the digestive system as related to the breakdown of each of the macronutrients as well as a scientific overview of macronutrient food sources. Finally, energy balance and weight management are addressed.

NUT101 Understanding Nutrition I
3 semester hour credits

A foundation in the principles of nutrition: comprehensive study of the nutrient elements; in-depth examination of carbohydrates, fats and proteins; the role of vitamins, minerals and body fluids; digestion, metabolism and weight management; alternative nutrition practices; recognizing and evaluating differing points of view; examination and critique of current nutrition trends; case studies.

NUT102 Vegetarian Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

A comprehensive overview of the scientific literature addressing the health status (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) and health needs of vegetarians; the basics on beginning a vegetarian lifestyle; review of various vegetarian diets including lacto-ovo, vegan and macrobiotic; risks of a non-vegetarian diet; how vegetarian diets affect nutritional requirements; supplementation for vegetarians; plant food sources of all essential nutrients; meal-planning guidelines for vegetarians throughout the lifecycle and for diabetics, athletes, and those with weight problems; vegetarian guidelines for food preparation and use of grains, legumes, and soy products; practical applications for counseling vegetarians.

NUT105 Micronutrients                                                      
3 semester hour credits

An in-depth exploration of the micronutrients, including water and fat soluble vitamins, as well as macro- and trace minerals. The physiological functions of each micronutrient are examined, and symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and toxicities (if applicable) are identified. The curriculum includes a practical assessment of micronutrient intake via analysis of a 3-day food diary, and adjustment of dietary intake to bring micronutrient levels up to the Daily Recommended Intake (DRI). This course also addresses the beneficial aspects of dietary supplements, and explores the use of the Organix® urine test as a tool to help determine supplemental needs of each unique person. Students will establish criteria for assessing and choosing quality dietary supplements, and will compare and contrast allopathic (conventional) and naturopathic approaches health care including lifestyle changes, dietary modification, dietary supplements and botanical medicines. The curriculum will also include case studies and a critique of current nutrition trends.

NUT201 Understanding Nutrition II
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite - Understanding Nutrition 1)

Nutrients and physical activity; life cycle nutrition; nutrition for the elderly; risk factors for chronic diseases; consumer concerns about food safety; environmental consciousness; alternative nutrition practices; how to recognize and evaluate opposing nutritional viewpoints; examination and critique of current nutrition trends; case studies.

NUT220 Sports Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

The principles of fitness, motivation and conditioning; nutrition for the athlete; stress management; preventing accidents; stretching, posture and aerobics; vitamin and mineral supplementation for fitness; high and low intensity exercise; cross training; walking for weight control; case studies.

NUT221 Pregnancy, Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

Preconception nutrition; planning a proper diet for pregnancy and lactation; nutrition for infancy through adolescence; vitamin and mineral supplementation; the nutrition connection to learning and behavior; attention deficit disorder; examination and critique of current nutrition trends; diet plans for children with special needs; case studies.

NUT222 Community Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

The role of nutrition in public health; educational foundation for nutrition entrepreneurs; the art and science of policy-making; planning and managing public nutrition programs; understanding and influencing consumer behavior; food assistance programs; nutrition assessment of all age groups; case studies; community learning activities.

NUT223 Women’s Special Health Concerns
3 semester hour credits

Dieting and fat during childbearing years; the importance of carbohydrates and minerals; foods to eat in the home and when dining out; managing menopause without estrogen; exercise, nutrition and menopause; combining therapies to manage menopause; case studies; examination and critique of current nutrition trends.

NUT224 Eating Disorders and Weight Management
3 semester hour credits

Causes and physical effects of anorexia and bulimia; nutritional complications of eating disorders; profile of individuals with an eating disorder; approaches to treating eating disorders; recovering from an eating disorder; emotional and physical factors related to obesity; medical conditions related to obesity; practice counseling session and case studies.

NUT225 Current Weight Management Theory & Application
3 semester hour credits

An overview of current diet and weight loss theory; the expected sequel of restrictive eating plans; review of pharmacological and nutritional weight loss products; construct of a healthy eating plan to maximize weight management; weight management in a clinical setting.

NUT226 Physiological Influences on Weight Management
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Current Weight Management Theory & Application)

Explore the influence of each organ system on weight management. Review biological implications of hormone imbalance (thyroid, gonadal, adrenal, and other hormone systems). Review influence of neurotransmitter action on appetite and fat deposition. Review digestive influences, and how to correct digestive inadequacies. The role of the family in calorie intake and food selection is covered. The course will discuss environmental concerns, and how toxic compounds dysregulate hormone and neurotransmitter
actions. Other biological influences are also explored in depth.

NUT300 Integrative Nutrition for Women                         
3 semester hour credits

Integrative Women’s Health is an intensive course that touches on several aspects of women’s health. Explore the roles of traditional and alternative treatments for the conditions such as Fibromyalgia, PCOS, Endometriosis, estrogen-driven Cancers, Cardiovascular Disease, PMS and much more.

NUT301 Vitamins & Minerals
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition I)

This course presents a comprehensive review about each vitamin and mineral with regard to function, deficiency, disease prevention, disease treatment, sources and safety. Information presented will help student gain an understanding of the value of dietary supplements in helping to meet nutritional needs of Americans, and the specific supplements that may help to do so.

NUT302 Introduction to Nutraceuticals
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition I)

A research-based examination of dietary supplements classified as nutraceuticals; including health/disease applications and safety considerations. In addition to the assigned texts, students will read a variety of peer-reviewed monographs and reviews on individual nutraceutical supplements.

NUT350 Health Aging                                                                   
3 semester hour credits

This course explores the impact of lifestyle on the aging process, including choices that may help to mitigate premature aging and promote healthy aging. The examination of lifestyle factors include: 1) quality of diet; 2) type and amount of physical activity3) quality of sleep; 4) stress levels and stress management. Students will explore the role of nutrition, including dietary supplements, and exercise in maintaining optimal function of the brain and skeletal system, as well as the effects of prescription medications on nutritional status. Students will complete personal self-assessments in sleep, stress, and brain function. This course explores lifestyles of the longest-lived cultures in the world and includes video segments from the University of California Television. 

NUT401 Nutrition Counseling Skills
3 semester hour credits

The psychology of nutrition counseling; evaluating and understanding the client’s attitude; how to illustrate the importance of good nutrition principles; interpreting the counseling session; how to identify and express your feelings toward the client; identifying inappropriate eating behaviors; recognizing dietary misconceptions; interpreting the results of nutrition research; making diet recommendations; applying appropriate strategies to specific problems; evaluating progress and spotting potential failure; utilizing proper counseling techniques; how to use client data forms in counseling; case studies.

NUT402 Clinical Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

Study of nutrients and how the body handles them based on principles of chemistry and molecular biology; the effect of nutrition choices on diabetes, hypoglycemia and disorders of the major organ systems; food choices and diet planning principles; nutrition prescription for illness; the development and evaluation of nutrition plans; nutrition assessment; the relationship between nutrition and illness; strategies for providing nutritional support for people with serious illness; practical examples in
clinical nutrition case studies.

NUT403 Geriatric Nutrition
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition II)

This course explores the role of nutrition in the maintenance of health, the management of chronic conditions, and the treatment of serious illness in the elderly. Differing points of view in complementary and alternative nutrition practices will also be reviewed and evaluated.

NUT410 Nutrition Therapy I
4 semester hour credits

(Prerequisites: Understanding Nutrition II, Anatomy and Physiology II, Pathophysiology II)This is the first of two courses covering medical nutrition therapy for specific disorders and diseases. In this first course, the cause, prevention, and treatment of certain medical conditions will be examined. This includes upper and lower gastrointestinal disorders; liver and biliary system disorders; food allergy and intolerance; diabetes and hypoglycemia; and anemia. Case studies are included to develop clinical practice skills. In addition, differing points of view in complementary and alternative nutrition practices will be reviewed and evaluated. This course will also provide an overview of nutritional genomics, food-drug interactions, enteral and parenteral nutrition, and nutrition for health and fitness.

NUT411 Nutrition Therapy II
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutrition Therapy I)

This course is the second of two courses covering medical nutrition therapy for specific disorders and diseases. In this second course, the cause, prevention, and treatment of certain medical conditions will be examined. This includes cardiovascular disease; hypertension; heart failure and transplant; pulmonary disease; renal disorders; cancer; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease; metabolic stress (sepsis, trauma, burns, and surgery); neurologic disorders; rheumatic disorders; and metabolic disorders. Case studies are included to develop clinical practice skills. In addition, differing points of view in complementary and alternative nutrition practices will be reviewed and evaluated.

NUT500 Capstone Project
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: All other courses in the B.H.S. in Nutrition program)

The capstone project is the culminating experience of the B.S. in Nutrition degree program. It allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth. The student designs and submits a proposal for his or her capstone project. A student may choose to write a thesis, design a practicum, or plan a project. A thesis is a written account of a sustained inquiry into an idea, theme, or issue of interest to the student. A practicum entails a supervised practical application of the knowledge acquired in the program of study. A project requires applying skills acquired as a result of the student’s studies and might include writing a book, creating educational materials in on the topic of nutrition, or writing a substantial essay based on fieldwork relating to the student’s program of study. Upon completion of the thesis, practicum or project the student will make a presentation with oral and written components to members of his or her Instructional Team.

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Graduate Courses

The graduate courses offered by HCHS are described below and can be taken individually or in a program of studies. Each course offered by HCHS provides a thorough treatment of the subject presented and often exposes the student to scientifically sound alternative views. In addition, each nutrition course requires and critique and analysis of current nutrition trends which will prepare the student for the important nutrition decisions they will be making in the future. The following course descriptions are only intended to provide a general overview of course content. Each course treats the subject matter in a complete and thorough manner and contains considerably more information than is covered in the course description. The tuition for each course includes the course study guide. The books and videos are purchased separately (ISBN numbers can be obtained from the graduate book list). The student is allowed four months to complete each course. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 45 clock hours in course study/work per semester hour credit.


BIOLOGY

BIO720 Cellular and Molecular Biology
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisites: Nutritional Biochemistry)

This course reviews the important concepts of Molecular Biology such as the relationship between the molecular structure and function, the dynamic character of cellular organelles, the use of chemical energy in running cellular activities, macromolecular biosynthesis, the diversity at the macromolecular and cellular levels and the mechanisms that regulate cellular activities.


BUSINESS

BUS601 Management of a CAM Practice
3 semester hour credits

This course explores the procedures used by CAM practitioners for establishing and managing their own businesses. Students will examine start-up issues, marketing, legal aspects, finances, and strategies for maintaining a successful practice.


CHEMISTRY

CHE510 Advanced Biochemistry
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisites: Organic & Biochemistry)

The principles of biochemistry and molecular biology are inherent to the study of nutrition. This course provides further exploration into the biochemical processes essential in disease prevention and treatment with an emphasis on nutrition.


EDUCATION

EDU501 Doctoral Orientation
1 semester hour credit

This short course will prepare students for working within the HCHS online learning system, and will include research resources and plagiarism policies. The student will also learn the history of nutrition.


HEALTH SCIENCES

HEA610 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3 semester hour credits

This course is designed to provide current and future clinical nutritionists, other healthcare practitioners, students in other healthcare fields, clinical nutrition researchers, and faculty with the tools for appraising and selecting among complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapeutics currently in use in the United States. Students will formulate treatment protocols integrating principles and materials from CAM modalities that enhance treatment outcomes and lower treatment costs.

HEA620 Research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine
3 semester hour credits

This course explores standards of quality in clinical research on complementary and alternative medicine and therapy. Students will review various research methodologies, as well as special issues as they apply to herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, prayer, and other therapies with the goal of assessing the quality of evidence to determine best option for patient care.

HEA710-716 Special Topics I-VII
21 semester hour credits

These courses should be comprised of topics not normally offered in the curriculum or topics in which students wish to go beyond the scope or limitations of a course. The independent study should not duplicate too closely existing courses and should be comparable in breadth, depth, and intellectual content to similar courses in its discipline.

HEA550 Qualifying Examination
1 semester hour credit
(Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours in the doctoral degree)

The qualifying examination consists of one paper the student is required to write and one critical evaluation of a scientific paper chosen by faculty. The topics will relate to coursework completed thus far. The qualifying examination must be taken by the end of the one year of full-time enrollment in the program (i.e., completed about 30 credits). Students must pass this examination to continue in the program.

HEA650 Comprehension Examination
2 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Completion of all doctoral course work)

The comprehensive examination consists of two papers the student is required to write.

HEA850 Capstone Project
12 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Comprehension Examination)

The capstone project is the culminating experience of the DHS in Integrative Healthcare degree for both areas of concentration. The capstone project challenges doctoral students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to their professional careers. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select a work-related project that will result in professional growth and career advancement. A proposal for a dissertation, practicum, or project must be submitted and approved before implementation. A formal presentation of the project is required.


NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

NUT520 Advanced Nutrition
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition I, Anatomy & Physiology, Organic and Biochemistry)

This course is an assessment of in-depth study of macro- and micro nutrition digestion, including absorption, metabolism, excretion, inter-relationships, and requirements in normal individuals. Effects of processing and technological alterations on nutritional quality of food and the bioavailability of nutrients.

NUT525 Integrative Nutrition                                                        
4 semester hour credits

(Prerequisites: Understanding Nutrition I, Anatomy & Physiology, Organic and Biochemistry)

The foundations of integrative nutrition and dietary recommendations are explored from a scientific perspective. The structure of nutrients, related metabolic processes, energy balance, and requirements throughout the life cycle are explored. The effects of food processing and bioavailability are evaluated. Applications from current literature on broad-spectrum nutrition are made based on specific human nutritional needs.

NUT530 Nutrition Assessment
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Advanced Nutrition)

This course is an assessment of nutritional status of individuals in various stages of the life cycle using dietary, anthropometric, biochemical and clinical assessment. Identification of psychosocial, behavioral and cultural factors influencing food choices is studied in this course.

NUT540 Advanced Clinical Nutrition
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Advanced Nutrition)

This course explores the role of medical nutrition therapy in maintenance of health and treatment of symptoms associated with diet-related diseases. It includes application and integration of basic nutrition principles and assessment.

NUT550 Nutrition Research
4 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Statistics)

Students explore the scientific method of inquiry for conducting research. A variety of research designs and statistical tools are reviewed to answer research questions/test hypotheses. A critical review of current scholarly literature; ethical issues in research; and selection of appropriate descriptive, inferential, parametric, and nonparametric statistics are reviewed and applied. Finally, students develop a research proposal on a specific topic in nutrition, health science, or a related field.

NUT555 Research in Integrative Nutrition                        
4 semester hour credits

(Prerequisite: Statistics)

The scientific method of inquiry for conducting research in areas of integrative nutrition is explored. A variety of research designs and statistical tools are reviewed to answer research questions/test hypotheses. A synthesis of conventional and integrative approaches to nutrition is developed in a critical review of current scholarly literature.  Ethical issues in research and the selection of appropriate descriptive, inferential, parametric, and nonparametric statistics are reviewed and applied. Students develop a 3-chapter research proposal on a specific topic in integrative nutrition.

NUT560 Current Trends in Nutrition
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Advanced Nutrition)

This course is an identification, examination and discussion of current nutrition issues. A critical, objective analysis of selected peer-reviewed nutrition research that provides scientific evidence to take position on the issues is included.

NUT565 Current Trends in Integrative Nutrition             
3 semester hour credits

(Prerequisite: Advanced Nutrition)

This course explores the current state and projected future state trends of studies in nutrition in light of integrative approaches to health and wellness. Students will review and interpret scientific literature to examine current trends on specific topics in integrative nutrition. Elements of scholarly articles are critically analyzed as a basis for debate on specific topics. Students will establish and defend their positions using evidence-based sources.

NUT572 Life-Span Nutrition
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Understanding Nutrition I)

This course is a study of factors influencing nutrient requirements and metabolism in individuals from birth through old age.

NUT574 Advanced Community Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

Conduct needs assessment in communities; plan and implement nutrition intervention programs and evaluate their effectiveness. Disseminate nutrition information using effective and appropriate education strategies to promote positive health behaviors of ethnically diverse communities.

NUT576 Food and Culture
3 semester hour credits

This course is an in-depth study of the dietary habits and behaviors of different cultures with specific focus on vegetarian nutrition. It explores factors that influence food selection, the effects of food habits, and the nutritional status and problems unique to specific ethnic groups.

NUT578 Herbal Therapies and Alternative Healing
3 semester hour credits

This course examines identification and critical analyses of medicinal herbs, including their active components, bio-availability, mode of action, effective doses, and safety. Evaluation of health claims associated with herbal supplements. Exploration of the various alternative approaches used to maintain health and prevent chronic disease.

NUT630 Capstone Project
3 semester hour credits

The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization. (This course is only available to students in the degree program.)

NUT650 Functional Medicine and Nutrition
3 semester hour credits

Nutrition professionals who have chosen to focus on the management of complex, chronic disease and primary preventive care have not chosen an easy path. This course creates a new road map for improving patient outcomes across a wide range of chronic health conditions. The approaches to disease management and prevention described here represent the evolution of the functional medicine model over more than 20 years, through the voices of leading clinicians and scientists.

NUT702 Advanced Nutrition with Clinical Applications
3 semester hour credits

This course will present an overview of the use of food and supplements to support health and well-being. The course will focus on how traditional diets from many cultures promote well-being and how adoption of modern eating patterns often leads to the development of chronic disease. Topics to be covered include: nutritional medicine, chronic candidiasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, detoxification, intestinal dysbiosis, immune support and others. Student is required to complete in-depth research assignments that will reinforce important concepts and enhance writing and research skills.

NUT703 Antioxidants 3 semester hour credits

The course summarizes a current knowledge of biochemical and clinical aspects of antioxidant molecules and free radicals, highlighting the effects of antioxidants on the aging process and in prevention and/or fighting the progression of diseases associate with oxidative stress such asatherosclerosis, cancer, skin,eye and neurological diseases.The course presents the research findings on some new agents such as caffeic acid and melatonin, anda new study of spices as potent antioxidants with therapeutic potential. The course alsoemphasizes the value and importance of antioxidants in daily diet and how many health issues are beneficially affected.Students are required to complete comprehensively several research projects that will reinforce important concepts and enhance writing and research skills.

NUT710 Nutritional Medicine I
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutrition Assessment)

This course is designed to provide all healthcare practitioners with scientific evidence for the use of diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other significant natural metabolites (example CoQ10) in the management and treatment of chronic and acute health conditions. Students in this course will learn how four commonly seen, however, frequently missed health disorders set in motion the pathogenesis of most chronic health conditions seen today. Students will examine the importance of the fundamentals of diet, food preparation, and therapeutic nutritional agents, which provide the building blocks for managing and treating acute and chronic health conditions.

NUT711 Nutritional Medicine II
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutritional Medicine I)

This course is designed to provide a foundation for all healthcare practitioners with a scientific background for the use of diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other significant natural metabolites (example CoQ10) in the management and treatment of chronic and acute health conditions. This course is a continuum of Fundamentals of Nutritional Medicine, Part 1. Students in this course will learn several treatment options for cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases, intestinal disorders, liver diseases, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, rheumatologic and connective tissue disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, renal diseases, urological disorders, endocrine disorders, pediatric disorders, and genetic disorders.

NUT712 Nutritional Medicine III 3 semester hour credits (Prerequisite: Nutritional Medicine II)

This course is designed to provide a foundation for all healthcare practitioners with a scientific background for the use of diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other significant natural metabolites (example CoQ10) in the management and treatment of chronic and acute health conditions. This course is a continuum of Fundamentals of Nutritional Medicine, Part 2. Students in this course will learn several treatment options for dermatological diseases, gynecological disorders, pregnancy complications, ophthalmologic conditions, oral diseases, otolaryngological disorders, hematological disorders, infections, diseases, and other miscellaneous conditions. Nutritional influences on various medical modalities such as radiation therapy, surgery, and anesthesiology will also be covered.

NUT720 Nutrigenomics
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Functional Medicine and Nutrition)

This course examines the role of nutrients in gene expression and the interactions between the diet and genes. The course presents a comprehensive science-based approach to the beneficial effects of dietary compounds on diseases. Advanced analytical techniques applied to current challenges and their solutions are reviewed.

NUT730 Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutrition Assessment)

Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods are an essential component of integrative medicine and modern health care. This course provides a scientific approach to critically analyze health claims and apply current research when making recommendations as a health practitioner.

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