Courses Taught by Suzanne Cole

NUTR540: Maternal and Child Nutrition

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the nutritional requirements of pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Main topics include: physiologic and metabolic adaptations of pregnancy and lactation, maternal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, composition of human milk and formula, feeding practices of infants and toddlers, and the nutrient requirements of infants, children, and adolescents. At the conclusion of this course, students will have gained a sufficient foundation in maternal and child nutrition to better understand the relevant scientific literature. Didactic lectures and guest presentations accompanied by class discussions will provide a breadth of maternal and child nutrition knowledge.

NUTR592: Foundations of Maternal and Child Nutrition II

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students; Fall term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne (Online MPH); Cole, Suzanne (Online MS);
  • Prerequisites: NUTR591
  • Advisory Prerequisites: College biology, biochemistry, or physiology
  • Description: Adequate nutrition during pregnancy, lactation, and childhood is essential for healthy human growth and development. In this course, you will learn how the biological processes of pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood influence nutrient metabolism and nutrient requirements. We will examine the scientific basis for nutrient recommendations as well as factors that influence maternal and child nutritional status. We will consider evidence-based maternal interventions as well as policies that support healthy maternal and child outcomes. This course will also explore topics such as the bioactivity of human milk and the infant microbiome. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and apply methods and tools that aim to improve maternal and child nutrition.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Explain the significance of energy and nutrients in meeting the dynamic metabolic needs during pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood 2. Describe how nutrient metabolism is impacted by the biological states of pregnancy, lactation, and early childhood 3. Identify dietary and non-dietary factors that influence maternal and child nutritional status 4. Use dietary planning methods and tools to develop a nutritionally adequate diet 5. Explain the importance of scientific evidence in promoting maternal and child nutrition 6. Critically review nutrition-related interventions and policies that target women or children 7. Advocate for community interventions or policies that improve maternal and child nutrition

NUTR640: Nutritional Assessment

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: EHS 630, Nutrition Science
  • Description: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the methods and approaches for conducting nutrition assessment of individuals and populations throughout the lifecycle. The course is structured into three assessment components: dietary, biochemical, and body size and body composition. Main topics include in-depth overview of the assessment methods, strengths and limitations of methodology, evaluation and interpretation of assessment data, sources of measurement errors, validity of assessment methods, and basic analytical approaches used to interpret assessment data.
Concentration Competencies that NUTR640 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
NUTR MPH Apply the principles and methods of nutrition assessment to monitor nutritional status and trends, identify at-risk individuals & groups, and investigate diet and disease relationships NUTR640
NUTR MS Apply the principles and methods of nutrition assessment to monitor nutritional status and trends, identify at-risk individuals & groups, and investigate diet and disease relationships NUTR640
NUTR Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition PhD Propose appriopriate nutritional assessment methodologies in a research context NUTR640
NUTR Nutritional Epidemiology PhD Apply the principles and methods of nutrition assessment to monitor nutritional status and trends, identify at-risk individuals, monitor progress of programs, and investigate diet/disease relationships NUTR640

NUTR642: Community Nutrition

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Cole, Suzanne (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: EHS 630
  • Description: This course is a discussion of the principles and programs developed to improve the dietary intake and the nutritional status of individuals and groups within a community. Primary topics covered include: government and nongovernment nutrition-related programs, groups at nutritional risk, nutritional issues/concerns across the lifecycle, and an introduction to developing community-based nutrition intervention programs (needs assessment, intervention, and evaluation). Didactic lectures and guest presentations accompanied with an in-depth needs assessment and intervention project and a community service-learning component will provide students the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge through a hands-on approach.
Concentration Competencies that NUTR642 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
NUTR MPH Apply public health theoretical frameworks and nutrition research evidence to inform public health actions NUTR642, NUTR650, NUTR677, NUTR633
NUTR MPH Explain dietary influences on health outcomes, and identify population-based strategies to improve nutritional health NUTR642, NUTR650, NUTR677

NUTR796: Special Topics in Nutritional Sciences