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Developing Skills in Clinical Nutrition I: Medical Terminology & Laboratory Value Assessment

East Baltimore
1st term
International Health
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  9:00 - 9:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Vanessa Larsen

Strengthens clinical nutrition knowledge and competencies in order to streamline the transition to the clinical practicum at JHBMC. Focuses on gaining fluency in medical terminology and strengthening knowledge in the area of medical testing relevant for assessing and addressing nutrition problems.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the body systems, their components and their functions
  2. Correctly apply medical terms in hypothetical clinical situations
  3. Identify appropriate lab tests for assessing nutritional status as it relates to the functioning of a body system and interpret laboratory test results
  4. Identify, pronounce, and spell medical terms
  5. Communicate to an audience of health professionals regarding a body system, diseases of that systems, laboratory tests and interpretation, and the role of medical nutrition therapy
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Presentation(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Only MSPH Dietitian students in their first year

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Presentation days will be scheduled in 2-2.5 hour blocks.