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HEI Continuing Professional Education

Understanding the Healthy Eating Index Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit Self-Study Module


Following are the step-by-step instructions to be followed for obtaining 2 CPE credits for reviewing the online Self Study CPE module entitled “Understanding the Healthy Eating Index.”

Instructions to obtain your 2 CPE credits completion certificate are outlined in Step 6 below.

STEP 1. Read the program objectives for “Understanding the Healthy Eating Index” online Self Study CPE module. You may also view the suggested learning codes for this HEI CPE module.

A. Program Objectives

  • Define and interpret Healthy Eating Index (HEI) total scores
  • Recognize the link between diet quality and health
  • Describe the various applications of the HEI
  • Identify the diet quality trends of the American population over time
  • Select characteristics about the HEI-2015 components and scoring
  • Recall the federal agencies that developed the HEI
  • Recognize the various resources about the HEI that are available on the CNPP website

B. Suggested Learning Codes

  • 3020: Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 4030: Dietary Guidelines, ChooseMyPlate
  • 4040: Disease prevention, health promotion
  • 9010: Data analysis, statistics
  • 9020: Evaluation and application of research

STEP 2. Please review the following HEI pages listed below for the HEI-2015 Self Study module. When reviewing the HEI website please take the time to visit every hyperlink to ensure you have met the program objectives.

STEP 3. After reviewing the HEI self-study module, complete the Test Questions for “Understanding the Healthy Eating Index” CPE module, to ensure you have met the program objectives. This quiz is conducted by the honor system.

STEP 4. When you have completed the test, view the CPE Test Answers.

STEP 5. Online Self-Study Evaluation -- Follow the instructions below to provide an evaluation of this CPE module.

Please take a minute to share your opinion with us about “Understanding the Healthy Eating Index” online self-study module. Your feedback is important in helping us maintain high-quality CPE programs and provide modules that would meet your continuing professional education needs. Please email your comments to Thank you.

Follow the instructions below to provide an optional evaluation of this CPE module to CDR.

You may submit an optional evaluation on the quality of “Understanding the Healthy Eating Index” online self-study module directly to CDR's Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation Program at:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Commission on Dietetic Registration
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606‐6995
Phone: (800)877‐1600 ext. 5500

STEP 6. If you would like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Completion Certificate for 2 CPE credits emailed to you -- after reviewing the HEI CPE online module and completing the post-test and evaluation -- please email with your request. Please include your name, date of completion of the self-study and your CDR Registration Number. NOTE: Your completion certificate will be emailed to you in about 30 business days from the time of your request.

STEP 7. Save the Certificate of Completion for "Understanding the Healthy Eating Index" online self-study module in your files to verify completion of the Self Study CPE program.

NOTE: The 2 CPE self-study module for “Understanding the Healthy Eating Index” will be available until Dec. 14, 2021.