N&D 554 01: Nutrigenomics

ND 554 - Nutrigenomics

2023 Summer Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 5746

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

Does Not Meet in UND Online
T 5pm-7pm in UND Online

We will meet on Tuesday May 23rd and July 11th from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Central Time. We will meet via Zoom.

Instructor Information

Anne Bodensteiner, Ph.D., RDN, LRD, NBC-HWC

Email: Anne.bodensteiner@und.edu

Office: Online! I am a distance faculty member who loves to connect with you through video chats and phone calls

Office Phone: 701-777-3752

Email – preferred method of communication

About the Professor

I am the graduate program director and teach many of our graduate courses at UND. In my previous work I have coached people 1:1 on their genetics associated with nutrition and I am excited to share this knowledge with you. My life exists online as I am a distance faculty member. I prefer to be called Anne, Dr. Bodensteiner, or Dr. Anne. 

  • Check out the “About me video” in week 1 materials.  

Course Description

This course explores to the interactions between nutritional factors, genomics, and health. The course also explores the potential roles of the nutrition professional in developing personalize dietary prescriptions to optimize health, reduce disease risk, or improve management of chronic disease.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate courses in biochemistry or advanced nutrition and human physiology. 

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to: 

  • Define basic genetic terms 

  • Explain the possible roles nutrients play in modifying genetic expression 

  • Apply knowledge of diet-gene interactions to current research in the role of nutrition to optimize development or prevent and manage disease (cancer, obesity, etc.) 

  • Explore current research examining personalized dietary intervention based on genetic biomarkers to reduce disease risk or improve disease management 

  • Describe research gaps and opportunities for nutrigenomics 

Course Materials

Required Texts 

Caterina, R., Martinez, J., & Kohlmeier, M (Eds.). (2020). Principles of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics: Fundamentals for individualized nutrition. Academic Press.  

Supplementary Readings

Additional readings will be assigned throughout the semester and posted to Blackboard. 

Technical Requirements/Assistance

You will use Microsoft Word to complete assignments (files created using Pages in Apple can be saved as a Word file before submitting). Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. Visit the Office 365 Email webpage for information on your UND email and how to download/install a free version of Microsoft Office. 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 12 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, 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. 

Assessments & 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. 


In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways: quizzes, short writing assignments, presentations with discussion board, class participation, and the final project. 

Class Prep (10 points) 

Our class time is precious and it is important to come prepared for the discussion and be able to participate with your classmates. There will be two synchronous classes held and the preparation requirements will be posted in Blackboard at least one week in advance of our class time.  

Visual Dictionary (20 points) 

To assist you in learning basic genetic terms, you will be creating a visual list of terms and their definitions representing the terms from the first few weeks of the course.  

Quizzes (90 points) 

Six quizzes will be given throughout the course to assess basic understanding of the concepts covered in class. The purpose of the quizzes is to keep genetic terms and specific genes at the front of your mind and be able to recall where to find the information in the future.  

Lecture Comments (60 points) 

We will be using VoiceThread in this course for you to interact with the lectures and test your knowledge of the content from the lecture. The purpose of these comments is to help you analyze the content and keep up to date on the course. 

Partner Discussions (90 points) 

Your classmates are a wealth of information and have a broad range of experiences. In graduate school it is important to hear from and interact with others. You will utilize Zoom to meet with your partner/group and together discuss the required content and submit (as a team) a copy of your prep work, the recap of your discussion, and the mini-assignment. 

Final Project (120 points) 

For the final project you will have three options to choose from. These projects need to encompass information learned throughout the course. There will be multiple due dates associated with the final project including deadlines for which option you have chosen, an outline with references, and final submission. You can change your project up until you submit your outline or study guide.  

Option 1: Direct to Consumer (DTC) Investigation Report 

For the direct to consumer (DTC) investigation report you will complete a DTC genetic test. This project will take you on an investigative journey of your own genetics and will require you to analyze the current literature with the report the company provide with their test. To complete this option, you will need to select a company that provides genetic results and health and complete their testing process, or you may use results from an already completed genetic testing. An additional cost is associated with doing genetic testing starting around $150+. Time goes quick – you will need to decide right away if you choose to do this option.  

Option 2: Final Exam 

If you like the traditional route and enjoy studying for exams, you’ve got it! This comprehensive, 100 point exam will cover all of the content through week 11 from the course lectures, text, and assigned readings. It will be open note/open book, but will be time limited so studying and preparing prior to the exam is essential. The exam will be open for 3 days and you will have 2 hours to complete the questions.  

Option 3: Traditional Literature Review Paper 

For the traditional students who need something straight forward or for those who want to delve into the science this route will bring you on an adventure in the library. You will be selecting a topic related to genetic biomarkers and nutrients and analyzing the research in this field 

Option 4: Case Study

This final project is best suited for students who have or are pursing the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential. It will require you to complete elements of nutrition assessment and intervention related to the concepts covered in this course. 



Quizzes x 6 @ 15 points each 90


Class Prep x 2 @ 5 points each 10

Visual Dictionary 20

Group Project

Partner Discussions x 3 @ 30 points each 90


Lecture Comments x 12 @ 5 points each 60


Final Project Selection/Topic 5

Final Project Outline/Study Guide 15

Final Project or Final Exam 100

Assessment Summary

Final Grade Scale

A - 90% to 100%

B - 80% to 89%

C - 70% to 79%

D - 60% to 69%

F - <60%

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Week of Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
5/16 Introduction to course
Biological Basis of Heritability & Diversity
Final Project Topic
Lecture Comments
5/23 Biological Basis of Heritability & Diversity cont. Visual Dictionary
Quiz #1
Lecture Comments
Class Prep
Class Meeting 5.23 5-7pm CT
5/30 Translational Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics Partner Discussion #1
Lecture Comments
6/6 Body Weight Genetics Quiz #2
Lecture Comments
6/13 Body Weight Genetics Lecture Comments
6/20 Macronutrients Partner Discussion #2
Quiz #3
Lecture Comments
6/27 CVD Final Project Outline
Lecture Comments
7/4 Diabetes Quiz #4
Lecture Comments
7/11 Micronutrients
Water Soluble Vitamins
Water Soluble Vitamins Cont.
Minerals, Alcohol, & Caffeine
Class Meeting 7.11 7. 5-7pm CT
Class Prep
Lecture Comments
Partner Discussion #3
Lecture Comments
Quiz #5
Lecture Comments
Final Project/Exam
Lecture Comments
Quiz 6


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Course Policies

Course Evaluation 

I will continually ask for feedback on the course and if you have thoughts ideas for improving this course, please do not hesitate to reach out. Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable to me. I read my students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course the next time I teach it. 

  • When the time comes, please let me know which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively.  

  • Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback.  

  • And if you have feedback to offer before the end of the semester, please let me know. 


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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.

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