Summer 2019 Electives

Classes are open to all NUNM students. Elective credit for ND students is available as listed. First priority for nutrition electives will be given to students enrolled in the MScN program.


GSN 501E Seasonal Cooking – Summer (2 credits)
WEEKEND (AUGUST 17-18 and 24-25) SAt NOON – 5PM, SUN 10:30AM – 3:30PM, CHANDLER
Fruits and vegetables are an integral part of a healthy diet. With increasing accessibility of local produce, seasonal fruits and vegetables are easily available. Within Portland city limits, there are a handful of year-round farmers markets. This hands-on course introduces students to the vast array of seasonal produce and seasonal cooking techniques so they may help their future clients integrate more fruits and vegetables into their diets, and have a working knowledge of the importance of eating with the seasons.

GSN 503 Farm to Table (2 credits)
This course trains students in the process of local food systems, specifically increasing awareness of local agriculture and the food service industry. Students will appraise food production, distribution and accessibility. A variety of class experiences include visiting local farms, farm-to-table restaurants and farmers’ markets.

GSN 557E Cooking with Medicinal Herbs (2 credits)
Medicinal herbs do not always have to be taken in pill, powder or concentrated form. Learn how to incorporate herbs into everyday meals to support health, gain an understanding of the basics of botanical medicine, and discover which herbs are best suited to culinary use. This course focuses on the use of herbs in Chinese medicine.

GSN 565E Food Anthropology (2 credits)
Explore the interconnections of cultural forces that influence what, when, where and how we eat. This course is organized around critical analysis and discussion of why and how these cultural forces are successful in developing and reinforcing personal food choices; and is based on historical, anthropological and literary sources, as well as contemporary writing and films on the politics and socioeconomics of food.

GSN 567E Healing Foods II (2 credits)
The course examines how bioactive compounds in foods can influence human metabolism and biochemistry. Foods with anti-inflammatory, healing and nourishing properties are covered. Following the course, students will be able to identify specific foods that can be utilized to support health and prevent disease. Corequisite: GSN 568E

GSN 568E Healing Foods II Practicum (2 credits)
WEDNESDAY, 12:30 – 3:30PM, FALK
Students discover how to make food as medicine in a kitchen setting. This course is a continuation of Healing Foods I (GSN 505). The course examines how bioactive compounds in foods can influence human metabolism and biochemistry. Foods with specific properties, including anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, are covered, and students practice food preparation in an active learning kitchen setting. Corequisite: GSN 567E

GSN 575E Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome & Diabetes (2 credits)
This course is a practical course for those working with an obese population. It will cover etiology, clinical characteristics, nutrition therapy, and prevention strategies of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The course will investigate the many influences on body weight, adiposity and energy expenditure and evaluate current research in this area. Practical applications will include an exploration of common eating habits and behaviors, barriers to weight loss and treatment strategies. In addition, the course will cover compassionate counseling and ways to help patients build better relationships with food and their bodies.

GSN 578E Food Chemistry (2 credits)
This hands-on, experiential course will explore basic food chemistry concepts as well as industrial food chemistry techniques and practices. Students will learn about the chemical properties of nutrients and the effects of various cooking methods. They will explore the processes of emulsification of fats, chemical structures of sugars including caramelization and crystallization, fermentation of carbohydrates, denaturing of proteins, and the chemical composition, function and purpose of food additives, dyes and preservatives.

GSN 579E Preparation for Nutrition Clinical Rotation (2 credits)
This course will provide students with the policies and procedures for practicing at the NUNM clinic(s). Students will be oriented to the NUNM clinic and complete trainings in OHSA, HIPAA, CPR, and EPIC. Additional topics include clinic guidelines, safety and emergency medical procedures, and professionalism. This is a pre-requisite course for GSN580E Clinical Nutrition Rotation.

GSN 580E Clinical Nutrition Rotation (2 credits)
In this clinical immersion experience, students will work with patients both individually, and in a group setting, to address nutrition-related concerns. Specific skills students will utilize include nutrition counseling, nutrition assessment, dietary and menu planning, and case evaluation. Students will need to successfully complete the Preparation for Nutrition Clinical Shift prior to enrolling in this course. Prerequisite: GSN579E

GSN 585E Nutritional Immunology (4 credits)
This online course investigates the role of nutrition in inflammation and immune dysfunction. The immune system plays an enormous role in many chronic disorders, such as diabetes mellitus, allergy, autoimmunity, and cancer. Dietary and phytonutritional influences on the inflammatory process, including both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory effects, are explored in depth in this fun course.
Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research

RES 803E Advanced Research Methods (2 credits)
This advanced course delves deeper into how to create feasible hypotheses and research aims. It exposes students to techniques and instrumentation through visits to local labs. Small research projects are completed to utilize the new skills gained through this class. This course is offered in independent study format. Permission from the department chair is required for course registration.
Master of Science in Global Health

GSGH 706E Conferences in Global Health (2 credits)
To obtain credit for this course, students must attend an academic or professional conference or three local presentations/workshops that focus on global health issues. Several assignments relating to conference or local presentation/workshop content and networking opportunities are required. This course may be repeated once.

GSGH 836E Ghana Global Health Experience-Summer (4 credits)
This course is a global health experience trip in Ghana, West Africa. The coursework will cover topics in globalization, natural childbirth, maternal and child health, cultural humility, West African herbalism, clinical services in an international setting, and working with local NGOs to empower and educate rural Ghanaian women. Trip length and course credits vary by season. An itinerary-specific trip fee applies.
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GSGH 837E Collaborative Global Health Experience (4 credits)
This course allows students to substitute an experiential learning course or trip offered by or through a non-NUNM organization, such as Child Family Health International (CFHI), for the required NUNM Global Health Experience course. Students select an opportunity that will provide insight into diverse public health and/or healthcare systems; assist with health-related program development, implementation or evaluation; engage in health-related research or surveillance activities; or participate in other health-related activities. Students work with the global health program chair or their mentor to select an appropriate, structured global health opportunity that will consist of a minimum of 36 hours (three credits) of work or programming to satisfy this academic requirement.

Mental Health

GSMH 518E Nature- Based Therapy (2 credits)
JULY 26-28, 2019, PRESLEY
Course fee: $150
Students will meet to depart in the NUNM west parking lot at 10:30AM on Friday, July 26. The course fee includes transportation and lodging for two nights in a home on the Sandy River in Zig Zag near Mount Hood. Students should plan to bring or organize their own meals. A full kitchen will be available. Student will return to NUNM west parking lot on Sunday, July 28 at 3:30PM.
This course explores both theoretical and practical implications for therapeutic engagement with the natural world. Students learn and practice therapeutic interventions in an outdoor setting, engaging in topics such as connection with the natural world, mindfulness, restorative effects of natural settings and stimuli, and contemporary influences that affect the human-nature relationship. This is an experiential course that stretches beyond traditional counseling to focus on how to engage the human-nature relationship for the practitioner and the client.

Standard NUNM registration deadlines and processes apply for all courses except trips. Individual trips may have earlier application deadlines. For trip-specific information and deadlines visit: