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HNFE 5454: Nutrition and Disease Prevention Through the Life Cycle

Concentration: ANPA
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Diet in health promotion and disease prevention at all stages of the life cycle. Etiology of major nutrition-related health problems in the U.S., including the role of socio-economic, cultural, and psychological factors and food access and availability. Biological and physiological impacts of diet on the prevention and/or development of chronic disease at all stages of life. Evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention strategies for the prevention of disease, improvement of quality of life, and reduction of healthcare economic burden.


Learning Objectives

  1. Evaluate the biological basis of nutrient requirements and dietary guidelines during pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and older adulthood (65+).
  2. Examine the physiological, developmental, and health impacts of diet, including under or excess nutrient intake, on disease risk and state across the life cycle.
  3. Explore social, psychological, economic, and environmental factors that influence diet and nutritional health across the life cycle.
  4. Examine population-level dietary practices and patterns and the prevalence of chronic disease and chronic disease risk among US children and adults
  5. Explore evidence-based, community-based health promotion and disease prevention strategies, including major state and federal programs, that support healthy eating and lifestyles across the lifecycle 

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Carlin Rafie