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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Nutrition and Chronic Disease

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

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course reviews current research on the relationship of genetics, chronic disease and the role of medical nutritional therapy. The class also explores nutrition and the aging process with an emphasis on the interactions of physiological stages and lifestyle choices.





It is nutrition’s important role in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases that makes this class an essential component for the MPH program. While students may enter the class with an awareness of the detriments associated with various chronic diseases, it is through the material covered in this class that, they will learn treatment aspects and application of nutritional therapy for chronic diseases.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Justify why all ages are part of the continuum of opportunities for the prevention and control of chronic disease.
  2. Differentiate between the leading chronic diseases, their risk factors and recommended diets.
  3. Examine the relationship obesity, diet, excess weight gain, and physical activity have on chronic disease.
  4. Examine food consumption patterns and trends as they pertain to chronic disease development.
  5. Compare the risk factors of chronic diseases with the Word of God.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Both texts are required.

Nelms, M, Sucher, K, Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology. 4th ed., Mason, OH: Cengage Learning Custom Solutions, 2019. ISBN: 9780357041710

Nelms, M. Medical Nutrition Therapy a Case Study Approach. 5th ed., Mason, OH: Cengage Learning Custom Solutions, 2020. ISBN: 9780357022627

The materials required for this course are included in Cengage Unlimited, a subscription that gives you access to all your Cengage access codes and online textbooks for $119.99 per term, $179.99 per year or $239.99 for two years. No matter how many Cengage products you use, they are included in Cengage Unlimited, and the price stays the same. You can purchase access to Cengage Unlimited in the bookstore, or at

**You do not have to purchase the texts through Cengage. But, depending on the courses you take and the texts they use, this may be a cost savings for you.

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

American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style. 10th ed. Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780195392036.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

The student will complete three Discussion Board forums. Each discussion will consist of a thread and at least two replies. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

Case Studies (5)

The student will assume the role of a nutrition care provider to assess and evaluate six case studies related to various chronic diseases. After doing the assigned reading, the student will fully answer all case study questions provided on Blackboard and submit their responses. All assignments must be completed in current AMA format.

Interprofessional Service Project

This project includes three parts: 1) Selection of Site 2) Completion of Hours and 3) Reflection Discussion board. This is an experiential learning assignment, where the student is required to develop and implement an interprofessional experience service project. The student will engage in a service project that includes interprofessional collaboration and a minimum of 8 hours of service within the community, and complete a reflection assignment.

This assignment must be completed in current AMA format.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board forums (2 at 125 pts ea)



Case Studies (5 at 100 pts ea)


Interprofessional Service Project

Part 1: Select Site

Part 2: Completion of Hours

Part 3: Reflection Paper







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 643

Textbook: Nelms, M, & Sucher, K, Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology. (2019)

Nelms, M. Medical Nutrition Therapy a Case Study Approach. (2020).

Module/ Week

Reading & Study




Nelms et al (2019): chs. 2–5

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Nelms et al (2019): chs. 7–8, 10

2 presentations

DB Forum 2

Interprofessional Service Project – Site Selection





Nelms et al (2019): ch. 13

2 presentations

Case Study A



Nelms et al (2019): chs. 14–15

3 presentations

1 website

Case Study B



Nelms et al (2019): ch. 18

1 presentation

Case Study C



Nelms et al (2019): ch. 16

2 presentations

Case Study D

Interprofessional Service Project - Log





Nelms et al (2019): chs. 22–23

2 presentations

Case Study E



Nelms et al (2019): ch. 24

2 presentations

Interprofessional Service Project - Reflection Paper - DB Forum 3





DB = Discussion Board

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