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Stanford (SCHE): Nutrition Science

Understand the foundational science underlying nutrition and how it’s linked to health, and preventing disease.

Understand the foundational science underlying nutrition and how it’s linked to health, and preventing disease.

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8 weeks
8–10 hours per week
Starts Feb 7, 2024
Enroll by Jan 30, 2024
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule
8 weeks
8–10 hours per week
Starts Feb 7, 2024
Enroll by Jan 30, 2024
Instructor-paced
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this Course

As a health or wellness professional, having a sound understanding of the science behind nutrition is crucial for giving clients and patients informed advice about longevity, vitality, and holistic disease management.

The Nutrition Science online short course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), a part of Stanford Medicine, provides you with a foundation in nutrition as it explores the role of micronutrients and macronutrients in the body, and how this relates to human health in different contexts of human development.

Guided by the renowned Prof. Christopher Gardner, you’ll learn to interpret nutritional evidence and make nutritional assessments and dietary analyses. You'll also gain the insight to recognize the value of optimal nutrition in terms of preventative care, develop the skills to critically examine contemporary research, and ultimately earn a certificate of completion from the SCHE.

The Nutrition Science online short course is aimed at healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses, as well as lifestyle specialists such as nutritionists, fitness instructors, coaches, health educators, and food writers. The curriculum is designed to help these professionals grow in their current roles by providing them with the knowledge and frameworks to advise patients and clients on dietary plans for healthy living and disease prevention.

The importance of health education

Health and nutrition education has become increasingly recognized due to the advent of COVID-19. This nutrition course introduces learners to basic concepts of nutrition and how these concepts are linked to health. Modules cover the major nutrient groups and their role in human health, as well as the different methods of nutrition assessment, highlighting the importance of dietary and nutritional guidelines. Additionally, the course offers nutritional information which can be used to maintain a healthy diet and prevent disease.

Course curriculum

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Learn the principles of nutrition science as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1: Nutrition guidelines: Science versus politics

Module 2: The role of macronutrients: Carbohydrates

Module 3: The role of macronutrients: Fats

Module 4: The role of macronutrients: Proteins

Module 5: Calorie balance in context

Module 6: The role of micronutrients: Vitamins

Module 7: The role of micronutrients: Minerals

Module 8: Health, disease and nutrition

Optional module A: Pediatric nutrition

Optional module B: Special topics in adult malnutrition

About the certificate

Study evidence-based nutrition and receive earn an official certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education, part of Stanford Medicine.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with your digital certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you digitally upon successful completion of the program, as per the stipulated requirements.

Some facts about the subject

59/100

The score of the average American diet on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), which measures how well food intake aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020 – 2025.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Nd). Accessed 18 June, 2021.

28%

The percentage of Americans who reported that their diet worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gallup (Apr, 2020).

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