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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Lora Ann Sporny

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ed.D. (nutrition and education), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1992;
M.Ed. (community nutrition education), Teachers College, Columbia University, 1988;
M.A. (science journalism), New York University, 1987;
B.S. (clinical nutrition), University of Pittsburgh, 1985.

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HBSV 4000: Introduction to nutrition

Dr. Sporny. (Course is offered to non-majors and to those desiring admission to the Program in Nutrition and to the Dietetic Internship Program.) The course provides an overview of the science of nutrition and its relationship to health promotion and disease prevention. The primary focus is on the essential macro- and micronutrients - their chemical structures, food sources, digestion and absorption, metabolism, storage, and excretion. Students analyze the nutritional quality of their own food intake and develop the knowledge and skills to estimate their daily caloric requirements and nutrient needs using tools such as Dietary Reference Intakes, Food Guide Pyramid, and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

HBSV 5018: Nutrition and human development

This course examines the physiologic changes and nutritional needs during pregnancy, fetal development, infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Special attention is paid to promoting positive pregnancy outcomes for both mother and baby, fetal metabolic programming, breast feeding versus formula feeding, introduction of solid foods to infants, preventing and managing food allergies, coping with picky eating, maintaining a healthy feeding relationship between caregiver and child, promoting nutritional health in children and adolescents, and preventing health and dietary problems (including eating disorders) in children and adolescents.

HBSV 5033: Nutrition care process and medical nutrition therapy I

Through this 2-course sequence, students gain the knowledge, professional attitudes and skills required to effectively assess and manage the nutritional needs of acutely, critically, and chronically ill individuals. Pathophysiology of disease and resultant nutritional implications are examined through a variety of case studies. The Nutrition Care Process, which includes nutrition screening, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, is the tool through which students learn evidence-based adaptation of diets and lifestyles in the therapeutic management of disease. All the while, the course provides a medical vocabulary that enables students to communicate with members of a healthcare team.

HBSV 5034: Nutrition care process and medical nutrition therapy II

Dr. Sporny. Through this 2-course sequence, students gain the knowledge, professional attitudes and skills required to effectively assess and manage the nutritional needs of acutely, critically, and chronically ill individuals. Pathophysiology of disease and resultant nutritional implications are examined through a variety of case studies. The Nutrition Care Process, which includes nutrition screening, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation, is the tool through which students learn evidence-based adaptation of diets and lifestyles in the therapeutic management of disease. All the while, the course provides a medical vocabulary that enables students to communicate with members of a healthcare team.

HBSV 5231: Extended fieldwork in nutrition and education, nutrition and public health, and applied physiology and nutrition: Nutrition and public health

A block of supervised field experience required of all degrees. Fieldwork is taken near completion of coursework.

HBSV 5232: Extended fieldwork in nutrition and education, nutrition and public health, and applied physiology and nutrition: Nutrition and education

A block of supervised field experience required of all degrees. Fieldwork is taken near completion of coursework.

HBSV 5233: Extended fieldwork in nutrition and education, nutrition and public health, and applied physiology and nutrition: Applied physiology and nutrition

A block of supervised field experience required of all degrees. Fieldwork is taken near completion of coursework.