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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Principles of Nutrition

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

This course reviews the basic principles of nutrition, the metabolism of proteins, fats, macro and micro nutrients and the role food choices play in health promotion and disease prevention.





This course investigates foundational concepts in nutrition by providing a basis for subsequent nutrition classes in the MPH Program. MPH graduates need to understand the role of both food in culture as well as food metabolism within the body and how to alleviate diet-related health problems among diverse populations. This information will provide a solid base for those entering careers in federal and private food assistance programs and nutrition advocacy organizations. Biblical teaching regarding body and health stewardship is emphasized.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Explain the principles of digestion, absorption, and metabolism of macronutrients.
    2. Design nutrient-dense meals that follow dietary recommendations.
    3. Apply various nutritional assessments to food records.
    4. Assess the quality of an individual’s diet using various assessment methods.
    5. Compare health and disease disparities between the American population and people in other countries.
    6. Contrast the dietary needs of special populations.
    7. Contrast the world’s perspective of food and drink with God’s Word.

In addition to the course learning outcomes listed above, this course addresses the following Nutrition Concentration Competencies as primary emphases.

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and interpret reliable nutrition sources for health promotion purposes.
  2. Explain the role of macro and micronutrients for nutritional health and well-being.
  3. Identify the influence of eating behaviors on disease development and prevention.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase 

Blake JS, Munoz KD, Volpe S. Nutrition: From Science to You. 4th ed. NY, NY. Pearson; 2019.

This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resources

Bible Gateway. Accessed October 17, 2013.

Byrd S. Eat, pray, grow: God used something unusual to get my attention about my soul: food. Today’s Christian Woman. 2009;31(5): 34–36. Accessed October 17, 2013.

Hawks S, Goudy M, Gast J. Emotional eating and spiritual well-being: A possible connection? American Journal of Health Education. 2003;34(1). 30–33. Accessed October 17, 2013.

Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al., eds. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. Current ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Jung, S. Consumption, Contrition, and Community. Dialog: A Journal of Theology. 2010;49(4). 284–290. Accessed October 17, 2013.

Mathewson L. ‘Lord, What Shall I Eat? How Much Should I Weigh?’ Sojourners Magazine. 2007;36(7). 32–37. Accessed October 17, 2013.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)


Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 400–500 words.


In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200–300 words. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

Personal Reflection Papers (2)

The student will write a 1–2-page paper in order to identify the cultural, environmental, and social elements that have influenced healthy and unhealthy eating habits. The student will also write a 2–3-page paper that will include a significant application of Scripture to the cultural view of food.


My Food List

The student will use MyDietAnalysis to generate the My Food List report. The student will record food consumed for 5–7 consecutive days and enter this data into MyDietAnalysis. This assignment serves as the foundation for the Food Record Analyses that will be completed throughout the remainder of the course.

Actual Intake vs. Recommended Intake

The student will use MyDietAnalysis to generate the Actual Intake vs. Recommended Intake report. The student will record food consumed for 5–7 consecutive days and enter this data into MyDietAnalysis. This assignment serves as the foundation for the Food Record Analyses that will be completed throughout the remainder of the course.

Food Record Analyses (4)

The student will complete 4 Food Record Analyses where he/she will analyze his/her carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamin, and mineral intake. The reports will be generated in MyDietAnalysis based on the My Food List report. The student will analyze the adequacy, deficiencies, and health benefits of his/her actual food intake in comparison to the recommended intake. The first 2 analyses must not exceed 1 1/2 pages per analysis. The last 2 analyses must not exceed 2 1/2 pages per analysis.

PowerPoint Presentation

The PowerPoint Presentation is split into 3 manageable parts:

Part 1

The student will: choose a presentation topic; select a minimum of 5 scholarly, peer- reviewed journals; and develop an outline and reference page in preparation for the PowerPoint Presentation. This assignment must not exceed 3 pages.

Part 2

The student will create 15–20 slides for the PowerPoint Presentation.

Part 3

The student will write a narration in the notes section for each slide.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 75 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums


Thread (2 at 50 pts ea)


Replies (2 at 25 pts ea)


Personal Reflection Papers (2 at 75 pts ea)




My Food List


Actual Intake vs. Recommended Intake


Food Record Analyses (4 at 30 pts ea)


PowerPoint Presentation


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Quizzes (4 at 75 pts ea)




Course Policies

Writing Style

For this course, all papers and written assignments must be completed in the American Medical Association style (AMA).

Confidentiality and Limits of Confidentiality

Because many of our students are already actively involved in a career in Health Promotion, the student may have experiences that will naturally lend themselves to the curriculum of this course. To respect the privacy of others, it is imperative that students do not use the names of individuals that they have worked with and/or treated.

In the event of a student’s disclosure, either verbally or in writing, of threat of serious or foreseeable harm to self or others, abuse or neglect of a minor, elderly or disabled person, or current involvement in criminal activity, the faculty, staff, administrator, or supervisor will take immediate action. This action may include, but is not limited to, immediate notification of appropriate state law enforcement or social services personnel, emergency contacts, and notification of the appropriate program chair or online dean. The incident and action taken will become part of the student’s permanent record.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


HLTH 640

Textbook: Blake et al., Nutrition: From Science to You (4th ed., 2019).


Reading & Study




Blake et al.: chs. 1–2

2 presentations

3 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Register for MyDietAnalysis

Personal Reflection Paper 1






Blake et al.: chs. 3–4

2 presentations

2 websites

MyDietAnalysis – My Food List

MyDietAnalysis – Actual Intake vs. Recommended Intake

Food Record Analysis 1

Quiz 1






Blake et al.: chs. 5–6, 21

3 presentations

Food Record Analysis 2



Blake et al.: chs. 7–8

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 1 – Thread

PowerPoint Presentation – Part 1

Quiz 2





Blake et al.: chs. 9–10

3 presentations

DB Forum 1 – Replies

Food Record Analysis 3




Blake et al.: chs. 11–13

4 presentations

Food Record Analysis 4

PowerPoint Presentation – Part 2

Quiz 3





Blake et al.: chs. 17–18

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 2 – Thread

Personal Reflection Paper 2




Blake et al.: ch. 19

1 presentation

DB Forum 2 – Replies

PowerPoint Presentation – Part 3

Quiz 4






DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.