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Developing Skills in Clinical Nutrition III: Nutritional Counseling Across the Life Span

East Baltimore
3rd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Monday, 12:00 - 12:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Introduces the topic of nutritional counseling (considering behavior change theories, communication theory, motivational interviewing) and provide exposure to experiences and best practices through lecture and discussion with practitioners working in different contexts and with different patients/clients. Follows the sequence of Nutrition and Life Stages to the extent possible in order to integrate the physiological, social, and behavioral transitions of life stages with nutrition and health concerns and the role of nutrition counseling in prevention and/or treatment.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define and describe relevant theories of behavior change and their association with the nutrition care process
  2. Describe the principles of motivational interviewing and counseling techniques
  3. Identify challenges associated with cultural differences between the counselor and the client and how perceived bias can impact counseling success
  4. Explain how nutrition counseling practice is incorporated into different health care areas
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Only MSPH Dietitian students in their first year are allowed