August 20, 2012 by nutritionpolicy2012
NUTR 735: National Nutrition Issues @ Gillings School of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill
A. Course Description
This one-credit course provides graduate students in Public Health Nutrition with the opportunity to prepare for and to meet with legislative staff, executive branch personnel, directors of government agencies and staff of public interest and industry groups to obtain current policy information on food, nutrition, and health issues. By conferring with key personnel in small interactive groups, students will be able to ask pertinent, in-depth questions and to make contacts to build future working relationships. This course is conducted through lecture, discussion, and small group panels and is meant to be a lead into the three sessions on policy making and analysis in NUTR 728.
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11-11:50am , 241 Rosenau
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 11-11:50am, 2005 MHRC
- Monday, January 7 through Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (Meeting places in Washington, DC as indicated on DC Sessions)
- NUTR 728: Two Policy units (Jan 14 & 28, 2013)
B. Objectives of the Course
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss current national issues in food, nutrition, and health from various political, administrative and advocacy perspectives.
- Discuss roles of legislative, executive, and public interest groups in developing and implementing food, nutrition, and health programs and services.
- Discuss legislative and regulatory processes and how to be an effective advocate for nutrition and health at the national level.
- Become familiar with professional opportunities on the national and international scene.
- Become familiar with available resources for consultation, training, funding, and nutrition education materials from federal/national agencies.
- Provide background to develop and strengthen relevance of the proposal you will be writing in NUTR 728 to public health or clinical practice.
C. Course Requirements
- Contributions to class blog:
- First “we-blog period”
– Entry/submission based on assigned topic – due by Oct 8th, 2012
– Discussions & comments on assigned topics – due by Oct 29th, 2012
– Discussions & comments on other topics – due by Oct 29th, 2012
- Second “we-blog period”
– Entry/submission based on assigned topic – due by Nov 12th, 2012
– Discussions & comments on assigned topics – due by Dec 1st, 2012
– Discussions & comments on other topics – due by Dec 1st, 2012
- Reflections from DC trip
2. Attendance and active participation in the seminars in Washington DC from January 7-9, 2013 (Mon-Wed).
3. Written course evaluation due in NUTR 728 to Shu Wen Ng on January 21st, 2013 (Mon) [if not taking NUTR 728, email to Shu Wen Ng]
4. Late policy: deduct 5 pts if one day late; after that, deduct 5 pts for each 5 days late.
C1. Additional information on the Nutrition Policy class blog
Students will be contributors to a class blog via wordpress.com called Nutrition Policy covering different topics, starting from our first meeting on Sept 11, 2012 through Spring 2013. There will be two periods of blogging & discussion prior to the DC trip, and students should continue blogging throughout and after the DC trip as well.
The topics for the first “we-blog period” have already been posted under Hot Topics. Each student will be grouped with 4-5 other students to read, learn and blog about a specific topic based on the resources and discussion questions provided. Please comment on the entries made of the other students in your group. Each student will also be assigned to comment and jump into the discussion of another topic, and are welcome to jump into the discussions of topics not assigned to them. In other words, for each “we-blog period” each student should complete at least 1 blog entry, 1 comment on the blog entry of someone in their group, and 1 comment on the blog entry of someone not in their group.
Blog entries should be 500-750 words long, include hyperlinks/citations to other pertinent resources, and graphics/photos/charts/cartoons to make their point. Blog entries should not simply summarize or reiterate what you read, but should be a syntheses or reflection of what you learned, agreed or disagreed with. Be creative and have fun, but also craft your argument well. Those leaving comments should provide thoughtful responses to the points made by the contributing blogger and should be 150-300 words long. Feel free to continue discussion threads as well, and look up additional resources under Good Reads. Please be respectful and professional in your language and tone, and recognize that it is important to agree to disagree. This is a publically accessible blog and you are representing UNC. It is also recommended that you do not put any personal information including your contact information on the class blog.
The topics for the second “we-blog period” will be posted by October 8, 2012.
During or after the DC trip (by Jan 20th, 2013), each student is expected to post a blog entry (500-750 words) about their experience under DC Reflections. This can include what you learned, skills or insights into specific topics covered or areas in which you have further interest or need to do additional work. Don’t forget to share pictures as well!
C2. Additional information for Trip to Washington, DC
- Dates: January 7, 9am to January 9, 4pm. Plan to arrive in DC by Sunday evening, January 6.
- Lodging: You may stay over at friends/relatives but make sure to be at the assigned meeting venues on time. If you are staying in a hotel, somewhere around Dupont Circle, Farragut North or West (DC downtown) will place you closer to the meeting locations.
- Transportation: Please determine on your own how you will travel to Washington DC. It is recommended that you carpool with classmates (3-4 per car) to minimize cost.
- a. Hotel room ~$240/night. If shared by 4 people, 3 nights, total = $180/person
- b. 6 meals – average $15 each meal = $90/person
- c. Metro ticket – $15/person
- d. Parking – $33/day. If 4 people carpooling, it will be $33/person
- Dress: You will be doing a great deal of walking, so bring comfortable shoes. Dress should be professional, but comfortable. Please keep in mind that there might be snow or ice in January.
- Contact information: Make sure to exchange cellphone numbers with those you are traveling or staying with. Shu Wen can be reached at 919-491-8881.
- Agenda. A draft has been posted on the blog under DC Sessions, and will be finalized by Dec 15, 2012
- Options of places to go (if you have time / opt to extend your stay):
- United States Capitol
- United States Botanical Gardens (free admission, open 10am-5pm daily)
- US Supreme Court (open 9am – 4:30pm, M-F)
- Library of Congress (see www.loc.gov/visit/hours.html)
- The Mall, Washington Monument and various museums around it http://www.nps.gov/NAMA/ and http://www.si.edu/
- Tidal Basin and various monuments around it
- National Building Museum
- National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum
C3. Additional information for the Course Evaluation:
There will be a course evaluation poll on this class blog. Please complete this by January 21st, 2013.
D. Course Grading
You will be graded for each assignment based on the matrix below. However, note that the late policy (deduct 5 points from grade if one day late; after that deduct 5 points for each 5 days paper is late) applies to each assignment.
|Assignment (pts)||Dimensions (pts allocated)||Due|
|We-blog period 1 Entry/submission based on assigned topic (25 pts)||¨ Clear, concise statement and synthesis of the issue and your viewpoint given the discussion questions provided (10 pts)¨ Includes appropriate use of pertinent resources, scientific literature, and graphics/photos/charts/ cartoons to make your points (10 pts)
¨ Sensitivity/awareness of other stakeholders’ interest, positions (5 pts)
|Oct 8th, 2012|
|We-blog period 1 Discussions/comments on assigned topic (15 pts)||¨ Includes appropriate use of pertinent resources, scientific literature, and graphics/photos/charts/ cartoons to make your points (10 pts)¨ Sensitivity/awareness of others’ interest, positions (5 pts)||Oct 29th, 2012|
|We-blog period 1 Discussions/comments on another topic (15 pts)||¨ Includes appropriate use of pertinent resources, scientific literature, and graphics/photos/charts/ cartoons to make your points (10 pts)¨ Sensitivity/awareness of others’ interest, positions (5 pts)||Oct 29th, 2012|
|We-blog period 2 Entry/submission based on assigned topic (25 pts)||¨ Clear, concise statement and synthesis of the issue and your viewpoint given the discussion questions provided (10 pts)¨ Includes appropriate use of pertinent resources, scientific literature, and graphics/photos/charts/ cartoons to make your points (10 pts)
¨ Sensitivity/awareness of other stakeholders’ interest, positions (5 pts)
|Nov 12th, 2012|
|We-blog period 2 Discussions/comments on assigned topic (15 pts)||¨ Includes appropriate use of pertinent resources, scientific literature, and graphics/photos/charts/ cartoons to make your points (10 pts)¨ Sensitivity/awareness of others’ interest, positions (5 pts)||Dec 1st, 2012|
|We-blog period 2 Discussions/comments on another topic (15 pts)||Dec 1st 2012|
|Washington, DC seminars (60 pts)||¨ Timeliness to events (20 pts)¨ Engaged in seminars based on questions and participation with panels (40 pts)||Jan 7-9, 2013|
|DC Reflections (15 pts)||15 pts so long as this is done by January 20, 2013||Jan 20, 2013|
|Course Evaluation (15 pts)||15 pts so long as this is done by January 21, 2013||Jan 21, 2013|
|Total Possible Base points (200 pts)||H : ≥ 190 ptsH- : 175 – 189 pts
P+ : 160 – 174 pts
P : 150 – 159 pts
P- : 140 – 149 pts
L : < 140 pts
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