Clinical Nutrition Track Competencies

General Research Skills

  • Articulate evidence of and for causality: develop hypotheses.
  • Use, interpret and explain statistical methods
  • Apply principles of ethics, obtain approval from review boards, practice laboratory safety
  • Use information systems to conduct efficient searches of scientific literature
  • Critically analyze relevant scientific literature

Structure, Biochemical and Metabolic Functions of Nutrients and other Dietary Constituents

  • Describe the physiological and biochemical basis for nutrient requirements
  • Specify the chemical structure, biochemical and metabolic functions of essential and nonessential nutrients
  • Identify motifs of absorption and transport of nutrients
  • Describe the integration, coordination, and regulation of macro-and micronutrient metabolism
  • Describe the regulation of nutrient metabolism and nutritional needs by hormones and growth factors
  • Identify the cellular basis of chronic diseases and degeneration
  • Describe dietary bioactive components (functional foods); nontraditional roles of nutrients; prebiotics and probiotics

Food, Diets and Supplements

  • Identify food sources of nutrients and factors affecting nutrient bioavailability
  • Compare and contrasts the effects of food processing and handling on nutrient content and bioavailability
  • Identify factors related to nutritional toxicology including upper limits of intake; nutrient-nutrient and drug-nutrient interactions
  • Plan and assess the adequacy of diets, including under- and over-nutrition
  • Analyze the cultural and social factors affecting food intake and choices
  • Define methods of diet evaluation such as, as well as methods of in depth nutrient analysis
  • Identify the role of nutrient supplements including risk/benefit ratios; life stage issues; component bioavailability

Nutritional Status Assessment

  • Utilize ABCD: anthropometry, biochemistry, clinical, dietary parameters of nutrition assessment across the age spectrum
  • Identify the specificity and sensitivity of common tests; receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves
  • Compare functional assessments including immunological, cognitive, and pregnancy outcomes
  • Describe molecular markers of nutrient intake including gene arrays and analytical chips
  • Comprehend the basics of nutritional epidemiology

Nutrition and Disease

  • Identify and explain biochemical and physiological principles of nutrients as they pertain to clinical nutrition
  • Articulate the impact of disease and genetics on nutrient function and requirements
  • Explain the interactions of etiologies of chronic diseases with nutrition and exercise
  • Describe the genetic basis of inherited metabolic diseases
  • Design individualized meal plans for the treatment and management of disease (Medical Nutrition Therapy)

Nutrition Interventions and Policies

  • Describe critical aspects of situation assessments including screening, prevalence, at-risk groups, hunger, malnutrition, over-nutrition
  • Define community determinants of intake: economic, supply/demand, medical, cultural, care-giving, intra-household and community food distribution
  • Describe methods of nutrition surveillance and monitoring
  • Develop and evaluate programs with quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Define nutrition education and behavior change theories and approaches
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and risks of fortification and supplementation
  • Comprehend the programs of government, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations that impact nutrition status

Analytical Skills

  • Define principles and techniques for determining biologically and nutritionally important macromolecules and small molecules, including detection limits and analytical specificity and sensitivity