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Some courses are given every second year.

NUTR 501 Nutrition in Dev Countries 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(2 lectures and 1 seminar) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.) This course will cover the major nutritional problems in developing countries. The focus will be on nutrition and health and emphasize young children and other vulnerable groups. The role of diet and disease for each major nutritional problem will be discussed.

NUTR 503 Bioenergetics and the Lifespan 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisites: Undergraduate Basic Biochemistry (3 credits), Undergraduate Mammalian Physiology (EDKP-331 or PHGY-202 or PHGY-210 or ANSC-323), Undergraduate Introductory Nutrition (EDKP-392 or NUTR-207 or NUTR-307)). Multidisciplinary approach that integrates principles of bioenergetics with nutrition through the lifespan.

NUTR 511 Nutrition & Behaviour 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(2 lectures and 1 seminar) (Prerequisite: NUTR-445A for undergraduate students or consent of instructor.) Discussion of knowledge in the area of nutrition and behaviour through lectures and critical review of recent literature; to discuss the theories and controversies associated with relevant topics; to understand the limitations of our knowledge. Topics such as diet and brain biochemistry, stress, feeding behaviour and affective disorders will be included.

NUTR 512 Herbs, Foods&Phytochemicals 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(3 lectures) (Prerequisites: Biochemistry I and permission of instructor.) An overview of the use of herbal medicines and food phytochemicals and the benefits and risks of their consumption. The physiological basis for activity and assessment of toxicity will be presented. Current practices relating to the regulation, commercialization and promotion of herbs and phytochemicals will be considered.

NUTR 513 Credentialing in Dietetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: permission of instructor) (Restriction: Not open to students who have taken NUTR-611) Theoretical and practical integration of knowledge and skills required during graduate professional practice. Includes clinical assessment and nutritional monitoring techniques, analysis of interviewing and counselling situations, and application of management information systems and quality assurance procedures.

NUTR 545 Clinical Nutrition 2 5 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Two 2.5-hour lectures) (This course includes a fee of $75 for a MGH authored manual on the subject of enteral feedings for tube-fed patients. The fee is refundable until the end of the add/drop period as long as the manual is intact) (Prerequisites: NUTR-344 and ANSC-424) (Restriction: not open to students who have taken NUTR-445) Clinical nutrition intervention for gastrointestinal and liver diseases, hypermetabolic states, diabetes mellitis, renal disease and inborn errors of metabolism, enteral/parenteral nutrition and management.

NUTR 551 Analysis of Nutrition Data 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(This course includes a fee of $50 for a course and lab manual prepared by the instructor of the course. The fee is refundable until the end of the add/drop period as long as the manual is intact)(Prerequisite: NUTR-337) (Corequisite: NUTR-450) An applied course in analysis and interpretation of nutrition data sets. Introduction to specialized dietary and anthropometric computer programs. Written and oral presentation of results.

NUTR 602 Nutritional-Status Assessment 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(1 lecture and 1 lab) (Prerequisites: Courses in human nutrition, biochemistry and physiology.) The understanding and evaluation of dietary and anthropometric indices used in the nutritional assessment of individuals and groups.

NUTR 604 Integrated Metabolic Research 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(2 seminars and 1 lab visit) (Prerequisites: At least one 500 or 600-level course in nutritional biochemistry, e.g., ANSC-551B, ANSC-552B, ANSC-634B, and permission of instructor.) An in-depth analysis of concepts and investigative approaches to in vivo metabolic nutrition research. Seminars will emphasize stable isotope kinetic studies. Visiting scientists and tours of other laboratories will expose students to different approaches to research.

NUTR 606 Human Nutrition Res Methods 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(3 lectures) (Prerequisite: A graduate course in statistics or permission of the instructor.) Basic approaches, philosophy and techniques used in nutrition research with human population groups. The course will include the formation and criticism of designs for research, sampling techniques, measurement and analysis issues and human research ethics.

NUTR 608 Special Topics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and Director of School. Restricted to graduate students in Nutrition.) Prescribed reading, conference, lectures, assignments and/or practical work on selected topics in student's area of specialization. An approved course outline must be on file in the School's office prior to registration.

NUTR 609 Special Topics 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and Director of School. Restricted to graduate students in Nutrition.) An individualized course to allow students to undertake projects in library, laboratory, or field study. An approved course outline must be on file in the School's office prior to registration.

NUTR 610 Maternal & Child Nutrition 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Advanced discussion of the scientific basis for nutrient requirements during pregnancy, lactation, and infant nutrition in humans and comparative animal species; milk and formula composition; malnutrition and supplemental feeding programs in developed and developing countries; nutrient requirements and controversial issues in childhood and adolescent nutrition.

NUTR 612 Grad Prof Pract 2 Management 8 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-513) (Restriction: limited to students registered in the Graduate Diploma in R.D. Credentialing) Assessment, planning, implementation, communication and evaluation in management of Food and Nutrition Systems. Focus is on application of management theory in dietetic practice.

NUTR 613 Grad Prof Pract 3 Clin Nutr 14 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-513) (Restriction: limited to students registered in the Graduate Diploma in R.D. Credentialing) Assessment, planning, implementation, communication and evaluation of clinical nutrition care. Focus is on application of medical nutritional therapy for individuals and groups with a variety of disease states.

NUTR 614 Grad Prof Pract 4 Comm Nutr 8 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite NUTR-513)(Restriction: limited to students registered in the Graduate Diploma in R.D. Credentialing) Assessment, planning, implementation, communication and evaluation of public health and community nutrition for a variety of individuals and population groups. Focus is on intervention strategies and their evaluation

NUTR 651 M.Sc. (Applied) Nutrition 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Corequisites: NUTR-606 and NUTR-695.) Review of literature and problem definition for both the project option or for placement preparation for practicum option. This course relates to the Human Nutrition M.Sc. (Applied) degree and is required for both project and practicum options.

NUTR 652 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-651.) Project design and execution.

NUTR 653 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-652.) Project execution. This project relates to the Human Nutrition M.Sc. (Applied) degree.

NUTR 654 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-653.) Continuation of project execution and data collection; preliminary analysis. This project relates to the Human Nutrition MSc (Applied) degree.

NUTR 655 M.Sc.(Applied)Project 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-654.) Data analysis. Submission of project report. This project relates to the Human Nutrition M.Sc. (Applied) degree.

NUTR 656 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-651.) Clinical or community placement (4 weeks). Submission of placement report. This practicum relates to the Human Nutrition M.Sc. (Applied) degree.

NUTR 657 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Continuation of placement (4 weeks). Submission of placement report. This practicum relates to the Human Nutrition MSc (Applied) degree.

NUTR 658 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-657.) Continuation of placement (4 weeks). Submission of placement report. This practicum relates to the Human Nutrition MSc (Applied) degree.

NUTR 659 M.Sc.(Applied)Praticum 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-658.) Continuation of placement (4 weeks). Submission of placement report. This practicum relates to the Human Nutrition MSc (Applied) degree.

NUTR 660 M.Sc.(Applied)Nutrition 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(Prerequisite: NUTR-653, NUTR-659 or NUTR- 655.) Oral presentation. This presentation relates to the Human Nutrition MSc (Applied) degree, project and practicum options.

NUTR 680 Human Nutrition M.Sc. Thesis 1 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Independent research under the direction of a supervisor toward completion of the MSc thesis.

NUTR 681 Human Nutrition M.Sc. Thesis 2 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Independent research under the direction of a supervisor toward completion of the MSc thesis. Presentation of a thesis proposal.

NUTR 682 Human Nutr M.Sc. Thesis 3 9 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Independent research under the direction of a supervisor toward completion of the MSc thesis.

NUTR 683 Human Nutrition M.Sc. Thesis 4 10 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Final submission, thesis defense seminar and approval of the MSc thesis.

NUTR 695 Human Nutrition Seminar 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Master's students will present a recent original research article in which the methods and data presentation will be critically analyzed. The article must be approved by the instructor.

NUTR 696 Human Nutrition Seminar 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Master's students will present a recent original research article in which the methods and data presentation will be critically analyzed. The article must be approved by the instructor.

NUTR 701 Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(see Faculty Regulations).

NUTR 797 Human Nutrition Seminar 3 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Doctoral candidates will present a recent original research article in which the methods and data presentation will be critically analyzed. The article must be approved by the instructor.

NUTR 798 Human Nutrition Seminar 4 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Doctoral candidates will present a recent original research article in which the methods and data presentation will be critically analyzed. The article must be approved by the instructor.

Additional courses may be taken through other departments such as the Department of Animal Science, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Education, Division of Experimental Medicine, and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.