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Although not a requirement, clinical practicum courses (traineeships) are available for individual pursuit of specialized training in the areas of pediatric nutrition, weight management, and clinical research. These are available only in person and are awarded through the organization hosting each traineeship on a competitive basis, as described below. If you are interested in pursuing a clinical traineeship, please contact that traineeship directly.


    General Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition Traineeship

    The Pediatric/Adolescent Nutrition Traineeship is offered to individuals working on a master’s degree in nutrition, Public Health, or related fields. Areas of emphasis include general pediatric nutrition, eating disorders, nutrition clinic, complex interdisciplinary assessments, and public health emphasis. Applicants must be a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) or RDN eligible. Applicants are evaluated based upon the established guidelines and in agreement with the principles outlined in the project’s goals and objectives. Up to two traineeships are available each year.

    • Length of Traineeship: 10–12 months. Requires a 20 hours/week work commitment.
    • Stipend: Monthly stipend plus some tuition support.


    Emily Burch, MS, RDN, LDN

    UAB Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine
    1600 7th Ave South, CPPI 310
    Birmingham, Alabama 35233


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    The Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC), Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND), Leadership Education in Pediatric Nutrition (LEPN), and Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) are a group of training programs funded by the Maternal Child Health (MCH) Bureau. Their goal is to provide interprofessional MCH leadership to trainees and fellows. Learn more on their website.


    Pediatric and Pulmonary Center Traineeship

    Pediatric Pulmonary Center, Department of Pediatrics, UAB Heersink School of Medicine

    The Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC) is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, with Title V funding administered through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Division of MCH Workforce Development. There are six Pediatric Pulmonary Centers in the country, and the UAB PPC has been continuously funded since 1979. The purpose of this traineeship is to develop leaders who will promote comprehensive, coordinated, family-centered care to improve the health of children and youth with respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, asthma, sleep disorders, and technology dependence.

    • Length of Traineeship: Interprofessional long-term traineeships are typically 12-month appointments and consist of at least 300 hours of combined training (clinical training, didactic classes, and leadership projects). The traineeship begins in mid-August and ends the following July.
    • Stipend: Monthly stipend and travel assistance to a national conference are provided.


    Valerie Eubanks Tarn, MS, RDN, LD


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    More Information

    For more information, visit the PPC website.


    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND)

    LEND is an interdisciplinary training program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for graduate students in various health professions with an interest in neurodevelopmental, intellectual, and other disabilities in pediatric populations.

    • Length of Traineeship: Trainees complete approximately 20 hours a week, or a minimum of 300 hours over 10-12 months.
    • Stipend: A monthly stipend is provided.


    Aida Miles, EdD, MMSc, RDN, LD, CSP, FAND

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    More Information

    For more information, visit the LEND website.