The College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ department of foods and nutrition has launched a new three credit hour course, Nutrition and Pharmacotherapy for Disease Management, designed to further students’ knowledge of evidence-based management of diet-related diseases.
“What we’re specifically focusing on is pharmacotherapy, or how we treat diseases with medications,” said Lilian Sattler, an assistant professor in foods and nutrition and in the Wilson College of Pharmacy. “This course is the next step. The idea behind it is that students who are interested in nutrition professions are able to get a better idea of what medication patients are taking and maybe some of the interactions that are happening between diets and medication treatments.”
The class goes beyond teaching just content, showing students how to communicate with healthcare professionals, she said.
“In a clinical setting, for example, dietitians are working alongside teams of pharmacists and physicians, and some of the things that you are doing are overlapping, so it’s important that you understand each other’s worlds. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish here,” Sattler said.
Sattler said she plans to use case-based and potentially team-based approaches, stressing real-life application.
“It’s exciting because it’s something new,” she added. “As a faculty member with a dual appointment in foods and nutrition as well as in clinical and administrative pharmacy, I have the unique opportunity to teach this content and share my expertise with students in nutrition, so it’s exciting for me obviously.”
Students can expect to gain a better understanding of what medications people are taking and what concerns patients.
“This course will be very helpful not only to pre-health profession track students but also to anyone genuinely interested in the role of medications in diet-related disease management,” Sattler said. “You will be able to interact better in teams, learn better oral communication skills and interpersonal skills, so that’s one side, and the other side is you take away important medication knowledge that the general person does not have.”
The elective counts toward UGA’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Obesity and Weight Management. It is a smaller class for interactive purposes and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15 p.m.
Those interested in the course should note the CRN for 4800 is 40345 and for 6800 it’s 41238.
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