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Graduate Certificate

Pediatric Nutrition

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Overview

The Pediatric Certificate Program offers students at the post-baccalaureate level the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary concentration in the study of pediatric nutrition.   The certificate empowers dietitians/nutritionists and other health care professionals to integrate nutrition into health care and public health settings with  pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children.  The mission of the program is to advance the nutrition and health of children and families by promoting innovation and excellence in pediatric nutrition education, research and civic engagement locally, nationally, and globally.

If you are interested in pursuing this certificate, contact us today.

Why Apply?

Ask yourself what it means to become an expert in Pediatric Nutrition.  My sincere hope is that your experience at Florida International University-and our time together through the Pediatric Certificate courses studying pediatric nutrition online-will persuades you of the importance to know the normative nutrition data and evidence based literature to support optimal care.  These courses are designed to apply the principles of physiology, biochemistry and nutrition to nutrition care and planning for healthy infants, children and adolescents, pregnant and lactating women.

In these courses, you begin a lifelong process of development of foundation knowledge and skills needed for entry-level dietitians, interdisciplinary, and public health professionals in the area of pediatric nutrition programs.  The individual and interactive group scenario’s discussions, specific forum discussion topics and written research paper will prepare you to become confident in your skills in problem solving, assessing, and providing nutrition expertise in the pediatric population.  The module quizzes provide practice for your professional exams.

The new initiative has multiple benefits for the dietetics and other healthcare practitioners, clinical manager and/or faculty member, including:

  • touches lives of many infants and children throughout the country with improved nutrition, health and well-being,
  • provides pediatric nutrition knowledge, clinical expertise and leadership skills for dietitians/nutritionists,
  • prepares pediatric nutrition leaders for key positions in pediatric nutrition, education and/or research, 
  • makes available transferable graduate level courses for a master’s or doctoral degree program, and,
  • creates opportunities for networking with other expert and peer dietitians in the field

The course content will serve seven major audiences:

  • dietitians/nutritionists who want to work in children’s health care systems,
  • public health nutrition workforce,
  • graduate students in MCH/nutrition graduate education programs,
  • faculty in MCH, public health and other university positions,
  • national nutrition management corporations who manage registered dietitians,
  • dietitians/nutritionists for the First Steps Program and other Early Intervention Programs,
  • WIC nutritionists,
  • other healthcare professionals.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • apply normative and authoritative guidelines to the evaluation of optimal nutrition and feeding during pregnancy and lactation; infancy; childhood; and adolescence.
  • assess/evaluate growth and food/nutrient intakes of pregnancy and lactation; infants; children; and adolescents using appropriate normative data for growth and energy intake.
  • create and integrate evidence-based nutrition recommendations for pregnant women; lactating women; infants; children; and adolescents into case scenarios.
  • create appropriate nutrition care plans for pregnant women; lactating women; infants; children; and adolescents using knowledge of normal nutrition for age, composition of the diet, Bright Futures Guidelines Nutrition including nutrition and physical activity, cultural diversity and practical issues, into case scenarios.
  • compile and interpret evidence based literature to develop a ’best practice’ nutrition position on key nutrition  topics related to assessment and treatment of nutrition during pregnancy; lactation; infancy; childhood; and adolescence.
  • identify the Healthy People 2020 Goal of Optimal Nutritional Status for Infants through promoting awareness and benefits of breast feeding.
  • explain appropriate roles for the dietitian and/or clinical professional caring for pregnant; lactating women; infants; children; and adolescents.

Courses

The course below should be understood to be a partial list; students should consult with the advisor of the certificate program about current course offerings.  The certificate curriculum includes 2 core courses plus at least three specialty courses over a calendar year (15 graduate credits; Fall, Spring, and Summers semesters).

Pediatric Nutrition Core Courses (6 credits)

  • HUN 6415 (3 credits) Pediatric Nutrition (Fall)
  • HUN 6416 (3 credits) Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (Spring)

Pediatric Nutrition Specialty Courses (9 credits)

  • DIE 6285 (3 credits) Pregnancy and Lactation (Fall)
  • DIE 6286 (3 credits) Pediatric Obesity (Spring)
  • DIE 6287 (3 credits) Pediatric Dysfunctional Eating (Summer)
  • HUN 6417 (3 credits) Nutrition for the High Risk Infant and Newborn in ICU (Summer)

Individual Pediatric Nutrition courses can be taken as credits towards the Master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. Once accepted into the Pediatric Nutrition Graduate Certificate Program, the credits will apply. 

Requirements

Requirements

15 graduate credits (five 3 credit graduate level courses) are required to complete the program.

Who should apply to this program?

  • Students currently enrolled in a FIU Master’s or Doctoral degree
  • Prospective students who earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a strong science emphasis.
  • Professionals with a Baccalaureate or higher who are seeking to:
    • touches lives of many infants and children throughout the country with improved nutrition, health and well-being,
    • provides pediatric nutrition knowledge, clinical expertise and leadership skills for dietitians/nutritionists,
    • prepares pediatric nutrition leaders for key positions in pediatric nutrition, education and/or research, 
    • makes available transferable graduate level courses for a master’s or doctoral degree program, and,
    • creates opportunities for networking with other expert and peer dietitians in the field

The course content will serve seven major audiences:

  • dietitians/nutritionists who want to work in children’s health care systems,
  • public health nutrition workforce,
  • graduate students in MCH/nutrition graduate education programs,
  • faculty in MCH, public health and other university positions,
  • national nutrition management corporations who manage registered dietitians,
  • dietitians/nutritionists for the First Steps Program and other Early Intervention Programs,
  • WIC nutritionists,
  • other healthcare professionals. 

Tuition & Aid

Pursuing your online education is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

@ A Glance


15Credits Required

$45564/ $100169
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition per Credit
  • Fully online certificate