N&D 550 01: Nutrition Education and Program Planning

ND 550 - Nutrition Education and Program Planning

2023 Spring Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 11840

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

T 5pm-7pm in UND Online

Instructor Information

Anne Bodensteiner, Ph.D., RDN, LRD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director

Email: anne.bodensteiner@und.edu

Office: Online

About the Professor

I am the graduate program director for the MS in Nutrition at UND and work fully at a distance! I enjoy talking and meeting with students via Zoom, so please do not hesitate to reach out and schedule time to meet. You can schedule through StarFish or by emailing me.

Please watch the About Me video in the welcome folder in Blackboard. 

Course Description

Theoretical, research and applied aspects of adult nutrition education. Curriculum design models, instructional tools, program planning and evaluation of education interventions will be discussed in the context of chronic disease prevention. Effective teaching strategies and procedural models for designing effective nutrition education programs targeting the general public will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Identify theories of nutrition education and health behavior change.
  • Describe the role of theory in nutrition education research and practice.
  • Assess current research on theory-based nutrition education.
  • Design a theory-based nutrition education program or intervention for a selected audience.
  • Design an evaluation of the effectiveness of nutrition education programs, interventions, and materials.

Course Materials

Contento, I. and Koch, P. (2021). Nutrition education: Linking research, theory, and practice (4th ed.). Jones and Bartlett. ISBN: 9781284168921

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email
  • Have a camera and microphone on your computer to participate in class and create presentations

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

This course is organized into 16 weeks. Each week will have a folder in Blackboard under “Weekly Content and Assignments” and will contain a variety of links to the required readings, videos, lectures, and assignments. Class meetings, quizzes, partner discussions, and other assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and completion of the course objectives. New content will be posted at least one week in advance of any assignment or quiz that is due.

To get the most from your experience, I recommend that you consider the following:

  • Review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard
  • Organize your schedule and make note of important due dates
  • Create a habit for your learning. Online courses require higher levels of self-direction and creating a schedule can be helpful for students.
  • Email Anne with questions or concerns as they come up
  • Participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from your peers and instructor


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

Students and faculty members each have a role in learning. Outlined here are the things you can expect from me as your instructor and things I expect from you.


Students are expected to:

  • Log in regularly to the class site in Blackboard
  • Use respectful language when communicating with the instructor
  • Submit assignments on time (see policy on late assignments)
  • Ask questions about materials/information that is not clear
  • Listen to all lectures and read assigned materials
  • Attend class sessions and actively participate
  • Know the due dates for assignments and dates for class sessions (see schedule)
  • Use UND email and check it regularly


The instructor is expected to:

  • Use respectful language when communicating with students
  • Respond to questions/emails/phone calls within 48 hours on the weekday/business days
  • Provide multiple methods/modes of learning and assessment
  • Review feedback from course evaluations to make changes/improvements to the course
  • Provide resources as needed to support your individual learning needs
  • Provide meaningful and useful feedback to improve your learning in graduate school
  • Provide feedback on assignments within 1-2 weeks of submission (1 week for shorter work and allow 2 weeks for final projects/papers)



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


I welcome your questions with phone calls or email and we can set up a scheduled time to talk as well! I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week and may not respond on the weekend/Holidays until the next business day.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.


Quizzes (Tracks 1 & 2) (18%)

Quizzes (Tracks 1 & 2)75

There will be five quizzes that will help you identify specific theories, motivation models, and content learned from lectures, the textbook, and class sessions.

Parts 1, 2, 3 (Steps 1-6) Tracks 1 & 2 (26%)

Parts 1, 2, 3 (Steps 1-6) Tracks 1 & 2110

You will be designing a theory-based, nutrition education intervention.  Worksheets, rubrics, submission links, and instructions are available via blackboard.

The project includes: designing a nutrition education intervention/tool or environmental plan to examine and evaluate current dietary practices of a target group and possible nutritional issues, creating a nutritional or health lesson that targets that issue, and developing an evaluation tool.  Steps 1-6, outlined in the textbook, will be completed to guide the project planning. Students not completing the health coach certificate and 8-hour training day will be creating 1-5 educational elements as a final “deliverable” product for the audience identified in steps 1-6 (more information below).

8-hr Training Day (Track 1) OR Deliverables (Track 2) (24%)

8-hr Training Day (Track 1) OR Deliverables (Track 2)100

Track 1 - Coaching Students. Students enrolled in the health & wellness coach certificate program MUST attend the 8-hour training day and complete their Practical Skills Assessment this semester. Students who are not doing the coaching certificate will be developing project deliverables based on your steps 1-6 (see below). Following the 8-hour training day, you will submit a 1-2 page reflection on the experience.

Track 2 - Non-coaching students. Deliverables – these are the final products that you finish and create that relate to the audience and information presented in steps 1-6. Depending on what you select as a deliverable, it may be 1-5 items. More details will be provided in Blackboard. You will be submitting a graded outline of your deliverables. Coaching students will not provide deliverables, you will only complete steps 1-6 worksheets.

PSA (Track 1) or Presentation (Track 2) (6%)

PSA (Track 1) or Presentation (Track 2)25

Track 1 - Coaching Students. PSA - Students pursuing the NBHWC health coach credential: the PSA or practical skills assessment is your final “oral” exam for the health coach certificate. You must receive a passing score on the PSA to sit for the national coaching exam. You will be allowed to schedule your PSA between weeks 10-14. The rubric is posted in Blackboard.

Track 2 - Non-coaching studentsPresentations. you will be providing a recorded presentation of your deliverables. This presentation will provide an overview of your audience and a description of the deliverable and why you created it. Details on the presentation are provided in BB.

Practice Clients (Track 1) or Partner Discussions (Track 2) (18%)

Practice Clients (Track 1) or Partner Discussions (Track 2)75

Track 1 - Coaching students: This semester you are required to work with 2-3 practice clients that are NOT family, friends, or classmates. I know, this feels like a tall order – but it’s necessary to get you prepared for the PSA and get you experience as a coach. Practice client assignments will be due throughout the first part of the semester and you will be learning new techniques to enhance your coaching skills from N&D 560. Details are posted in BB.

Track 2 - Non-coaching students: You will have multiple partner assignments this semester! Your classmates are a wealth of information and have a broad range of experiences. You will utilize Zoom to meet with your partner and together discuss the required content and submit (as a team) the information through Blackboard. The requirements for each partner discussion will be posted in Blackboard.

Live Class Prep (Tracks 1 & 2) (5%)

Live Class Prep (Tracks 1 & 2)20

We have four scheduled times to meet through Zoom this semester. It is critical that you come prepared for our class sessions and discussion. A week before we meet, the required prep materials will be posted in Blackboard, along with the link for our meeting session. Please be prepared with your web cam and microphone to participate in these discussions. Coaching students are required to attend the class meetings LIVE.

Reflection (Track 1) or Outline (Track 2) (4%)

Reflection (Track 1) or Outline (Track 2)15

Track 1 - Coaching students will submit a reflection of their experience in the 8-hour training day.

Track 2 - Non-coaching students will submit an outline of their deliverables.

Assessment Summary

Assignment                                           Points

  1. Quizzes x5 @ 15 points each = 75 points
  2. Practice Client or Partner Discussion x3 @ 25 points each = 75 points
  3. Class Prep x4 @ 5 points each = 20 points
  4. Part 1 = 30 points
  5. Part 2 = 30 points
  6. Part 3 = 50 points
  7. Reflection or Outline = 15 points
  8. 8-hour Training Day or Deliverables = 100 points
  9. PSA or Presentation = 25 points

Total Points = 420 points

Final Grade Scale

> 90% A

80-89% B

70-79% C

60-69% D

<60% F

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
1/24 Pages 4-23 in textbook
Pages 32-58 in textbook
Pages 65-85 in textbook
TTM Article posted in BB
Intro. to Nutr. Ed
Differences between Nutr. Ed./Coaching/Counseling
Chapter 2
Determinants of Change
Chapter 3 - Behaviors
Intro to Theory
Awareness, Motivation, Empowerment
Intrinsic/autonomous Motivation
Transtheoretical model (TTM)
Quiz #1 Due 1.19

Class Prep Due 1.24
Class Meeting 1.24 5-7
Quiz #2 Due 1.26
1/31 Pages 102-131 in textbook Chapter 4
Health Belief Model
Theory of Planned Behavior
Self-determination Theory (SDT)
Activation & Engagement Models
Quiz #3 Due 2.2
PC or P Assignment 1 Due 2.2
2/7 Pages 137-176 in textbook Chapter 5
Social Cognitive Theory
Quiz #4 Due 2.9
2/14 Pages 180-209 in textbook Chapter 6 - Support
Environmental/Social Support
PC or P Assignment 2 Due 2.16
2/21 SMART Goals
Goals vs. Outcomes
Accountability Planning
Commitment to Action
Behavior Tracking
Class Prep Due 2.21
Class Meeting 2.21 5-7 PM
Quiz #5 Due 2.23
2/28 8-Hour Training Day 8-hour training day 3.3 8-5 PM
3/7 Pages 217-224; 235-244 in textbook Overview of the 6 Steps
Step 1
Training Day Reflection Due 3.9
PC or P Assignment 3 Due 3.9
3/14 Spring Break Week
3/21 Pages 257-290 in textbook Step 2
Step 3
Part 1 Due 3.23
3/28 Pages 291-307 in textbook Step 4 Class Prep Due 3.28
Class Meeting 3.28 5-7 PM
Part 2 Due 3.30
4/4 Pages 308-240 in textbook Step 5
4/11 Pages 342-400 in textbook Step 5 Cont.
Step 6
Part 3 Due 4.13
4/18 Complete PSA & Work on Deliverables Final Day to Complete PSA Due 4.20
Outline of Deliverables Due 4.20
4/25 Pages 464-507 in textbook
Pages 435-462 in textbook
Media & Other Channels for Nutr. Education
Chapter 16 - Group Education
Motivation Interviewing in Groups
Class Prep Due 4.25
Class Meeting 4.25 5-7 PM
Deliverables Due 5.4
Presentations Due 5.4


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Course Policies

Assessment & Grading

This course is made up of a series of assignments and assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes. Each week you will work on a combination of assignments, activities, discussions, readings, research, etc.

Late Work

You are expected to complete assignments at the designated due dates and times. If you are unable to complete the assignments at the time indicated on the syllabus, you must contact the instructor prior to the due date and provide a new due date that fits your needs. The instructor will respond and agree or offer a different date for submission. If you do not connect prior to the due date with the instructor, 15% will be taken off the assignment everyday it is late. Students are responsible for due dates listed in the syllabus.

Assignment Format and Submission:

All assignments, citations, references, papers format, and submission need to follow APA format style.

All assignments must be submitted via Blackboard unless approved otherwise. Assignments will be due on Thursday’s before midnight. See schedule for exact due dates. For consistency all times referred in this course will be central time zone.


The teaching/learning methods for this class will be lecture, online class meetings, and completion of individual projects. This course will utilize both recorded lectures and online class time for discussion and updates. Throughout the semester, the class will engage in individual activities including quizzes and writing assignments. Further instructions, as well as grading rubrics, will be provided for all assignments online.


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with Dr. Desiree Tande. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the  college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example: they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.

I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter, if at any point during the quarter you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.

Technology Statement

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).