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Track 1 – Get Ready…Just the Foundations Syllabus

The following syllabus is a brief description of the learning objectives for IFNA Track 1. All modules include an opportunity for case studies and clinical application.

Module 1 – An Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) – Part 1

Instructor: Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, FAND, IFNCP

1. Examine the multifactorial nature of chronic disease.
2. Describe the principles of integrative and functional medicine with its roots in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and systems biology.
3. Define an integrative and functional nutrition approach to nutrition assessment.
4. Introduce some integrative and functional nutrition tools for clinical practice.

Module 2  – An Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) – Part 2

Instructor: Sheila Dean, DSc, RDN, LDN, IFNCP

  1. Describe the integrative and functional nutrition care process.
  2. Identify/review “STAIN” root causes.
  3. Identify systems imbalances.
  4. Apply an understanding of systems imbalances to a case vignette.

Module 3 – Food as Medicine: Origins, Healing Foods and Dietary Therapies

Instructor: John Bagnulo, PhD, MPH

  1. Identify the most significant differences between modern and ancestral human diets.
  2. Explain how shifts away from an ancestral diet have influenced critical areas of human physiology.
  3. List the forms and qualities of macronutrients that are most supportive of human health.
  4. Select three micronutrients that are often deficient in most adults.
  5. Describe changes to the modern microbiome and identify the most effective methods of remediation.

Module 4 – Conventional Labs and Functional Blood Chemistry Interpretation

Instructor: Param Dedhia, MD

  1. Describe a basic approach to interpreting common lab tests.
  2. Develop a fundamental understanding of what is being measured by common lab tests.
  3. List etiologies that increase or decrease lab values.

Module 5 – Functional Diagnostic Labs: An Orientation

Instructor: Dana Elia, DCN, MS, RDN, FAND

  1. Describe how functional laboratory testing differs from conventional testing.
  2. Identify key functional diagnostic labs and explain why they are used.
  3. Describe what a clinician should look for in a functional laboratory.

Module 6 – Dietary Supplements: Science, Art, Practice and Principles

Instructor: Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, CD

  1. Review current regulatory standards and scope of practice for dietary supplements
  2. Discuss evaluating quality, purity and safety of dietary supplements
  3. Examine ways to integrate dietary supplements into clinical practice
  4. Review resources for credible information on dietary supplements



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