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Continuing Education for Health Professionals


There are a number of opportunities for health professionals to enhance their training in Nutrition.  Upcoming events include:

June 8 and 9, 2017
Teaching about Food Systems: Community of Practice II.  Click here to register:

Do you teach or want to teach about food systems using cross-disciplinary systems thinking at the graduate or undergraduate level and have materials you would like to further develop? If so, come join us as we develop a community of practice!

On June 8 - 9 we will gather for a full day of panels and presentations on existing work and lessons learned and a second day of active curriculum development.

The primary purposes of the event will be to 1) continue to create a community of practice of people working on developing and implementing curricula in food systems courses; 2) review and develop materials using systems thinking frameworks in teaching about food systems; and 3) share or develop assessment tools on student learning in systems thinking.

We hope to also share methods for effective interdisciplinary exploration of complex, interacting elements in food systems that include but are not limited to agriculture (agronomy), anthropology, biology, ecology, economics, environmental science, human geography, medicine, nutrition, public health and sociology.

During the workshop sessions, in addition to the workshops already proposed, a select group of individuals will bring curricular materials they are working on to engage with the community of practice with questions and suggestions in order to finalize the materials. All materials as part of these workshops will be available through open access to the communities once they are finalized. Curricular materials could be, as some examples, full curricula, individual courses, or exercises/case studies. Formats for the workshop sessions can vary, and may include knowledge cafes, structured networking, etc.

If you are interested in submitting your materials for the workshop portion of the event, please fill out the following application by May 1, 2017. A committee of organizers will review materials and let you know if your materials are selected by May 15th.


Saturday, June 17, 2017
Micronutrient Symposium - Micronutrient Status: Modifying Factors - Drugs, Chronic Disease and Surgery
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This program will be of interest to health professionals who seek to expand their knowledge about factors that modify micronutrient status, including drugs, chronic disease and surgery, and to apply what is learned to practice. In particular, healthcare providers who do not feel comfortable answering patient questions regarding how to rectify any micronutrient gaps will benefit from attending. Following the symposium, attendees will be able to appreciate the biologic mechanisms underlying drug micronutrient interactions, the impact of chronic disease and surgery, and the magnitude of their clinical significance. They will also be able to 1) access, interpret and utilize the most current information about factors that modify micronutrient interactions, 2) interpret and utilize current information about assessment of micronutrient status, and 3) make informed recommendations for patient/client consumption, especially to those at risk for inadequate intake.


April 19-23, 2017
Our five-day Obesity Course provides an excellent overview for all health professionals, and has been attended by not only physicians but also dentists, nurse practitioners, physician asssitants and more. The course has received outstanding reviews by past participants. Click here to view the 2017 brochure.

For physicians interested in obtaining obesity medicine certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), this course satisfied the ABOM requirement of at least 30 hours of live CME credit on the topic of obesity. For more information regarding upcoming courses, continuing education credits, tuition and registration, visit the CME registration page, or contact MS Program Director and Obesity Course Director Sharon Akabas, PhD at The date for the 2018 Obesity Course will be released shortly.



A Lactation Counselor Training Course was held in August, 2016 to provide certification in Lactation Management by the American National Standards Institute.  The course is a comprehensive, evidence-based breastfeeding management course that includes practical skills, theoretical foundations, and competency verification.  The course prepares participants for professional work helping mothers and babies, and trains participants in how to gain insight into clients' problems with a strong focus on counseling skills.  Click here to view last year's flyer. Details on dates for the next course will be available in Spring 2017.


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Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-4808