Educational Tracks and Learning Needs Codes

The Committee for Professional Development has identified primary educational Tracks to steer the direction of the 2015 FNCE® educational program. The following list represents these tracks and a general description is provided.

*Note: All Sessions will be required to align with one of these pre-designated educational tracks. Please review in advance of submitting your session proposal as you will be asked to select the track for your session.

2015 FNCE® Educational Tracks

  1. Child Health Issues: Widen your view on innovative researched programs to foster weight management and obesity prevention through a myriad of new clinical, school and community-based approaches. Diagnose and manage other growing child health concerns such as food allergies, malnutrition, eating disorders, and feeding disorders.
  2. Culinary Explorations: Examine the composition of food and its health implications, identify current food trends, sensory factors and learn to create and deliver successful cooking demonstrations.
  3. Diversity & Cultural Competence: Strengthen your diversity and cultural competence skills through a variety of sessions focused on dimensions of gender, age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical abilities, political beliefs, religious beliefs or other ideologies and how they affect the profession.
  4. Emerging Integrative Approaches for Nutrition and Dietetics Practice: Learn the most recent news on integrative and functional nutrition therapies, digestive health, detoxification, inflammation, elimination diets, food allergies and food intolerances, integrative nutrition-focused physical issues such as food addiction, mind body therapies, nutrigenomics/nutrigenetics, dietary supplements and more all while learning how to translate the latest information for your clients and patients.
  5. Emerging Models of Health Care Delivery and Payment: Learn how to successfully navigate the dynamic changes in health care delivery and payment at a variety of sessions showcasing the role and demonstrating the value of the RDN in population health management models (including Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization). Be empowered to show the value of RDN services to decision-makers and explore the expanded roles RDNs can play in this exciting and rapidly changing environment.
  6. Food Safety and Agriculture: Explore topics in food production, contamination, delivery, epidemiology, food additives and their impact on the food supply in meeting global nutritional needs.
  7. Food Security and Insecurity: Increase your comprehension of food disparities in urban and rural settings, as well as the national and international efforts surrounding organic foods, biotechnology, nanotechnology and cloning.
  8. Inventive Education and Training Programs: Join your educator colleagues at a variety of dynamic sessions featuring training through simulations, new online teaching strategies and a discussion about raising the education requirement for the profession.
  9. Global Research and Nutrition: Get an inside look at the dynamic research, public health and private practice initiatives at a global level while learning applications to practice at a grassroots level.
  10. Leadership, Professional Skills and Career Development: Optimize your skills in a variety of foundation-building sessions featuring business, leadership, management, communication and interpersonal relationships.
  11. Legislation, Licensure and Health Care Coverage: Promote the ever-evolving public policy landscape through sessions on innovative initiatives and legal matters, such as reimbursement, which affects the profession.
  12. Medical Nutrition Therapy: Proactively establish yourself as the expert in a wide range of issues surrounding clinical nutrition and chronic disease including long term care, enteral and parenteral nutrition, cystic fibrosis, inflammation, autism, celiac disease all while applying evidence-based research to practice.
  13. Professional Ethics: Enhance your skills in engaging in crucial conversations, both professionally and when communicating with the public, with session on ethics and legal aspects of practice in the electronic area, social media, professional liability and end-of-life issues.
  14. Technology for Practice: Establish a truly integrated approach to nutrition and technology through sessions on EMRs/EHRs, informatics, mobile apps, social media, software/programs and hardware tools to advance your career and how they will benefit your business, career, institution or organization.
  15. Wellness and Prevention: Take your knowledge of chronic disease, health factors throughout the lifecycle and aging to the next level by exploring the interplay of sports nutrition, exercise, supplements and genetic factors in this booming area.

Additionally, in cooperation with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Academy is correlating its FNCE® programming to support the Professional Development Portfolio process by suggesting the following topic areas:

  • Professional Skills
  • Science of Food and Nutrition
  • Nutrition Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Wellness and Public Health
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Education, Training and Counseling
  • Business and Management
  • Foodservice Systems and Culinary Arts
  • Research and Grants

View all Learning Need Codes »

CPE Level



Assumes little or no prior knowledge of the area(s) covered. The focus of the activity is to increase knowledge and application by the participant.


Assumes a general knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the area(s) covered. The focus is to enhance knowledge and application of the participant.


Assumes thorough knowledge of the literature and professional practice within the area(s) covered. The focus is a synthesis of recent advances and future directions.


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