An integrated nutrition curriculum in medical education

Cynthia A. Thomson, Douglas Taren, Nancy Koff, Mary Marian, Louise Canfield, Tamsen Bassford, Cheryl Ritenbaugh

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R25 grant support from the NIH/NCI enabled the University of Arizona to assess nutrition education, develop and evaluate specific course content, and move toward comprehensive prevention-based nutrition education in 1991-1997. Hours of nutrition education increased to 115% over baseline, and students indicated greater satisfaction with the amount of nutrition instruction they received. Especially valuable was a course in prenatal and infant nutrition that paired each student with a pregnant patient. After the grant support ended, nutrition began to be crowded out of the curriculum by other, more traditional, topics, but a 57% gain over baseline was sustained. External support for nutrition education is urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-129
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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