Education and training permeate every aspect of the Center’s activities. Our clinical work forms a core component of our education programs and generates questions we seek to answer in our research. Our education and training programs transform the thinking and the clinical care of those who train with us and this generates an educational ripple effect: the physicians and students we train become change-agents and leaders in the positive transformation of our healthcare system.
Fourth Year Medical Student Clinical Nutrition Elective (ME 226.03)
ME 2226.03 is a 3-week, intensive course that provides students with an intensive exposure to outpatient nutrition in an ambulatory setting, preparing students to integrate nutrition therapy into their clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of common chronic diseases with an emphasis on obesity. Students are also exposed to the multidisciplinary approach to obesity treatment offered by the Risk Factor Obesity Program, and didactic instruction with the faculty of the Center for Human Nutrition. Students develop skills in nutrition assessment and intervention, as well as the impact of nutrition on chronic disease. They also gain skills in therapeutic dietary counseling, and working with a multidisciplinary team of health-care providers, including Registered Dietitians.
For UCLA Students
Please contact Ruzanna Margaryan at (310) 206-2018 for space availability.
For Non-UCLA students
Please go to the UCLA Visiting Medical Student website and download the externship application. Please complete the form and submit all required materials to Ruzanna Margaryan 6 weeks prior to the start of the class. Your application will then be sent to the Student Affairs Office, and the Student Affairs Office will notify you when your application has been approved.
Please mail applications to:
UCLA Center for Human Nutrition
Warren Hall, Room 12-217
900 Veteran Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90095
If you have any additional questions, contact Student Coordinator Ruzanna Margaryan.
The Center for Human Nutrition rotation offers interns and residents the opportunity to get clinical experience in the practice of nutrition medicine either as a continuity clinic for a 2-week to 4-week intensive rotation. Residents will have opportunities to interact and learn on a one-on-one basis from faculty on nutrition treatment of weight management, metabolic diseases, and cancer.
Space is extremely limited. Interested residents should contact the Center Education Coordinator, Ruzanna Margaryan, to inquire about availability. Priorities are given to UCLA residents who are in internal medicine, family medicine, or geriatrics.
For UCLA residents
After you receive confirmation of acceptance by our Center, please register for rotations through the House staff office. A minimum commitment of 2 weeks is required.
For Non-UCLA resident
Apply by submitting your resume and a brief personal statement, providing the reasons for choosing to rotate at Center for Human Nutrition, any relevant background and experience that prepares you for the training. Indicate a proposed time frame your rotation. Your acceptance will be contingent upon the submission of coverage for the period of rotation and a statement from your residency program, stating that the rotation at Center is accepted as a part of your residency training. You will also need to submit proof of salary and malpractice insurance. Preference is granted to those who can commit 4 weeks.
For additional information, contact our Education Coordinator, Ruzanna Margaryan.
Epi 254 Nutritional Epidemiology
Nutritional Epidemiology is a course taught by Dr. Catherine Carpenter. The course entails: lecture & discussion, two hours (twice per week) - Reviews all aspects of contemporary nutrition sciences that require the application of epidemiologic principles and methods ranging from food-born outbreak investigation to evidence-based regulatory assessment of health claims for foods. It is intended for students to gain experience in the actual world of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data related to nutrition and health or disease outcomes.
Epi257 Nutritional Epidemiology II
Nutritional Epidemiology II is a course taught by Dr. Catherine This course addresses methodological aspects of research in nutritional epidemiology. Each student who enrolls in the course will develop an outline of what they plan to accomplish in the course. Students will need to have a nutritional epidemiologic topic in mind to explore, or, if they do not have a topic, they will identify one at the beginning of the course. Topic of study for each student needs to include a data set. If the student does not have a data set, one will be provided, or one will be located. A finalized approved outline will be due on the third week of the course.
Dr. Carpenter will lecture about concepts related to each students' chosen project, that will include why and how to conduct validation studies, adjustment for confounding, considerations of total energy intake and intermediary phenotypes, correction of measurement error, concepts of interaction and interpretation, various methods in making conditional inference in observational settings. Theoretical as well as practical aspects will be covered. This course is intended primarily for doctoral students interested in doing epidemiologic research.
Physiological Sciences, Phy Sci 167 "Physiology of Nutrition"
Physiology of Nutrition is an upper division course taught by Dr. David Heber that is open to senior Physiological Science Majors. Topics include physiological adaptation to starvation and physiological responses to oxidants/antioxidants, an in-depth section on the obesity and obesity-related disease, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and their relationship to common chronic diseases and physiology of fuel utilization during aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Students are required to complete an in-depth self-assessment assignment which includes an analysis of their diet and lifestyle habits, as well as an analysis of their body composition.