Foundations of Practice I​

Course Number
5600 (Clinical Public Health)
Course Instructor(s)
Eric Ng

Course Description

In this course, students are familiarizing themselves with the foundations of dietetic practice. Students will participate in group discussion, peer-lead learning, field work, case studies and self-directed learning. Students will examine professional practice issues, professional practice and ethics of dietetic practice across the continuum of care and lifespan. Students will begin developing practice competencies in: Professional Practice; Communication and Collaboration; Nutrition Care, Population and Public Health; and Management, as outlined in the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEPs). This course provides students opportunities to learn about the diverse roles of dietitians in the broader health system.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define a systems approach to dietetic practice;
  • Describe the diverse roles that RDs perform in their workplaces;
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the Jurisprudence Handbook for Dietitians in Ontario;
  • Recognize linkages with other disciplines and fields;
  • Reflect on their individual learning needs and develop plans for addressing these needs.

Methods of Assessment

Jurisprudence chapter oral presentation and handout 20%
Communications assignment 25%
Professional Practice (PP) plan and reflection 25%
Critical analysis on Professional Practice issue and PowerPoint poster 30%