Health Sciences

  • SAR HS 561: Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SARHS551 and CASBI211 or CASBI315. Limited to nutrition majors or with consent of the instructor.
    This course focuses on the changing nutritional requirements from infancy, childhood, and adolescence throughout the geriatric years. Nutritional needs specific to pregnancy and lactation will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the behavioral, socioeconomic, and cultural factors associated with meeting nutrition requirements throughout the life span. 4 credits, 2nd semester
  • SAR HS 566: Community Nutrition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 561; Limited to nutrition majors or with consent of instructor.
    This course will cover the dramatic effect of the socioeconomic status, cultural and psychological factors on food choices. Students will learn how to target populations, deliver effective nutrition interventions in the community, and perform a community-based needs assessment. Students will also obtain a working knowledge of federal, state, and local assistance programs. Principles related to nutrition education, program planning, and outcome evaluations will be discussed. A community intervention project will be assigned. 4 credits, 1st semester
  • SAR HS 567: Research Methods in Nutrition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 584 ; CAS MA 115 ; CAS MA 116; Limited to nutrition majors or with consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: Limite to nutrition majors or consent of instructor. Prereq: SAR HS384, CAS PS211, CAS MA113
    This course provides an overview of methods used in nutrition research, including dietary assessment methods, indicators of nutritional status, analysis and presentation of dietary data, statistical interpretation, and clinical research methods. The course includes lectures, a field trip to a Boston-area clinical research center, and hands-on experience with nutritional assessment and anthropometrics techniques. Students participate in in-class discussions of published research articles to learn techniques for deriving evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice. upon completion of this course, students will be able to read, interpret, and understand the findings from clinical research studies and understand the fundamental tools that are used by nutrition researchers. 2 credits, 1st semester
  • SAR HS 575: Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 211 or CAS BI 315.
    An overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems during normal and pathological conditions. Exercise and other stress in the precipitation, detection, prevention, and rehabilitation of abnormal states. Spring semester only.
  • SAR HS 581: Gross Human Anatomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CASBI105 & CASBI106 or CASBI107 & CASBI108 and CASBI211 or CASBI315
    Regional approach to the musculoskeletal, peripheral nervous, and circulatory systems of the human body. Laboratories reinforce the lectures by a study of osteology, prosected cadavers and live anatomy palpations. Either semester.
  • SAR HS 582: Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 211 or CAS BI 315; SARHS369 recommended.
    Lecture and laboratory related to the detailed study of the development, morphology, internal configuration, functions, and pathological deficits of the peripheral and central nervous system in humans. Spring semester only.
  • SAR HS 584: Medical Nutrition Therapy I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 561; Limited to nutrition majors, minors or with consent of instructor.
    This course will cover the pathophysiology of diseases as they relate to nutrition care. Techniques of nutritional assessment will be taught and applied to the assessment of patients with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, disorders of the central nervous system, and pulmonary disorders. Documentation, interpretation of medical terminology, determination of special nutritional needs, and translation to menu and diet plans will be the focus of the course.
  • SAR HS 585: Medical Nutrition Therapy II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 584; Limited to nutrition majors, or with consent of instructor.
    This course is a continuation of SARHS584. This course focuses on medical nutrition therapy for various disease states, including gastrointestinal disease, kidney disease, cancer, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and inborn errors of metabolism. This course also covers the metabolic response to trauma and critical illness and the importance of nutritional therapy in these states. The use of parenteral and enteral nutrition, intravenous catheters, and feeding tubes will be covered. Diet and drug interactions as well as alternative medicine and herbal therapy will be discussed. Students will use case studies to learn to apply their knowledge of nutrition care to the treatment of patients with various diseases. 4 credits, 2nd semester
  • SAR HS 586: Applied Nutritional Care
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 585; Limited to nutrition majors.
    This course provides a review of and an opportunity to implement all aspects of the nutritional care process. Through classroom discussion of case studies as well as experiences at in- and out-patient facilities, students will gain expertise in the provision of nutritional care.
  • SAR HS 703: Field Experience in Nutrition
    For students completing the DI for professional registration by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • SAR HS 704: Issues in Delivery of Dietetic Services
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Limited to students enrolled in the graduate nutrition program.
    This series of lectures are designed to provide students with information relevant to the practice of dietetics. ADA Standards of Practice/Standards of Professional Performance, the ADA Code of Ethics, the registration exam, third-party payment, and other issues salient to the dietetics practitioner are presented and discussed. 2 credits, 1st semester
  • SAR HS 710: Graduate Field Experience: Human Physiology
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor Required
    Practical experience in a research laboratory, clinic, community or individual setting as appropriate.
  • SAR HS 742: Nutrition and Disease Prevention: a life course approach
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 561.
    Focuses on the etiology of major nutrition problems in the U.S. population and the role of the diet in disease prevention and treatment. Included are nutrition issues facing at-risk populations within our society, including pregnant and lactating women, infants and children, and the elderly. The role of diet in the development/prevention of cardiac disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases is discussed. Students are expected to integrate a knowledge of normal physiologic changes, biochemistry, pathophysiology, metabolism, and nutrient requirements throughout the life cycle with recent advances in the field of nutrition.
  • SAR HS 750: Analysis of the Physiological Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Course in biology, cell biology or physiology, and consent of instructor. Master and doctoral students only.
    In this course, peer reviewed publications in the area of physiology will be critically evaluated. Scientific ethics and the process of review and publication of physiological manuscripts will be discussed. The classes will be a mix of didactic information and group discussion. Methodological issues covered will include study design, techniques used and interpretation of research findings. Students completing this course will understand the principles underlying preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts and will be able to apply these principles as they read the scientific literature and participate in research projects related to thesis work.
  • SAR HS 755: Readings in Neuroscience
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Review of basic principles of neuroscience at an intermediate level, followed by readings and discussion on topics from the current neurosciences research. 4 credits, 2nd semester every other year
  • SAR HS 775: Advanced Clinical Nutrition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR HS 584.
    The role of nutrition in the treatment of acute and chronic disease will be the focus of the course. The course will begin with an introduction to understanding nutritional assessment, body composition and energy expenditure methodology and the use of these methods in clinical practice. Current research pertinent to the nutritional interventions in the treatment of disease will be discussed. The student is expected to integrate basic knowledge of physiology, biochemistry, and metabolism in the application of nutritional therapy and review of the current literature. 4 credits, 2nd semester
  • SAR HS 776: Nutritional Epidemiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SPH BS 703 and SAR HS 551; Limited to students in the graduate nutrition program or consent of instructor.
    This course examines epidemiologic methods for investigating the role of diet in long-term health. Students learn to critically review the epidemiologic evidence relating diet, anthropometry, and physical activity to heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions including obesity and diabetes. The methodological issues covered include epidemiologic study design; dietary and nutritional status assessment; issues of bias, confounding, effect modification and measurement error; and interpretation of research findings including an understanding of statistical modeling. Students participate weekly in critical reviews of published research. Students completing this course will understand the principles of epidemiology and will be able to apply them as they read the scientific literature and participate in nutrition-related research.
  • SAR HS 783: Metabolic Regulation in Clinical Nutrition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: College-level course in biochemistry.
    Graduate Prerequisites: college-level course in biochemistry or consent of instructor.
    A review of metabolism as the basis for understanding human nutritional requirements. Metabolism of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, as well as the regulation of these processes during various physiologic states are examined. Application of these principles to current topics in both normal and therapeutic nutrition is discussed.
  • SAR HS 785: Research in Clinical Nutrition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SPH BS 703; Limited to students enrolled in the graduate nutrition program.
    This course teaches students to prepare a mock National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant proposal that would be used to compete for research funding. Students are challenged to define a new area of research based on a critical review of existing literature on a specific nutrition-related health topic of personal interest. Course competencies include formulation of a testable research hypothesis and selection of an appropriate research design, study population, methodology, and analysis plan. This course helps students to refine their scientific writing skills, and introduces them to budget planning and ethical issues related to research involving human subjects.
  • SAR HS 789: Theory and Practice of Clinical Counseling
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For students enrolled in the graduate nutrition program.
    Lectures and supervised individual and group counseling experience. Focus is on appropriate skills for interviewing, stimulating behavior change, and conveying information. For students enrolled in the graduate nutrition program. 2 credits, 1st semester