Plant-Based Nutrition


Certificate Overview

  • 6 week duration
  • 3 two-week courses
  • 10-12 hours per course

Created by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, this revolutionary program will help you understand the importance of diet and nutrition for your life. Through video presentations, including over 25 experts (MDs, PhDs, RDs, RNs), research and perspectives are provided to emphasize why following a plant-based diet and lifestyle is optimal for health—including the prevention and reversal of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes—and how you can implement the proposed lifestyle immediately.

Consisting of three two-week courses (to be taken one at a time), this online certificate program provides you the opportunity to examine historic and contemporary research, learn the steps for practical application in your life, and be better prepared to engage in productive conversations with friends, colleagues, clients, or patients about the science and philosophy behind plant-based nutrition. Interactive elements throughout the course provide tools for learning and check understanding of content presented.

The foundation of the program is based on Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s lectures, experience and decades of research.  Over the course of his career, he has served on grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy, authored over 300 research papers, has been awarded more than seventy grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and given hundreds of lectures around the world. He coauthored the bestselling book The China Study and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Whole, and The Low-Carb Fraud.

  • Understand the state of nutrition and reflect on your personal nutritional background
  • Describe the role of macronutrients in the functioning of the body
  • Recognize how government and industry can affect dietary choices and the environment
  • Explain the role of nutrition in the development of chronic and degenerative diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Identify ways to implement whole food plant-based meals for you and your family
  • Illustrate how a whole food plant-based diet can help improve strength, speed and endurance for athletic performance
  • Explore the psychological reasons we are drawn to foods that do not support health
  • Summarize the relationship between diet and weight loss
Anyone seeking to improve their personal health, as well as medical, nutritional, and other health professionals who want to enhance their skills and education.

Faculty Authors

T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Thomas Campbell, MD

Certificate Courses

Fundamental concepts in nutrition are introduced, as well as an examination of the broader context of nutrition science regarding the environment, public policy, industry and societal worldviews.

Course Description

In this course we examine the troubled state of health in America, identify how scientific theories take shape, as well as consider reductionist and “wholistic” perspectives in nutrition. You will be introduced to basic nutrition concepts and discover how food policy and politics affect our diet and health choices. You will also gain an understanding of how the changes in food production have impacted our environment. We provide an overview of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and explore nutrition as a “symphony” of interactions rather than the result of individual nutrients or mechanisms.

This course includes:

  • Eleven activities
  • Five quizzes
  • One required discussion
  • Two optional discussions
  • One video transcript file
  • Readings

Completing all of the coursework should take about ten to twelve hours.

What You’ll Learn

  • How optimal nutrition can influence the development, maintenance and restoration of health
  • What paradigms are, their role in defining our world views, and what consequences they may have in science
  • The impact of food production on our environment
  • The effect of industry and government on public policy and our individual food choices
  • The basics of macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates
  • Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eight principles of nutritional health

Students will become familiar with the scientific data that reveal the fact that dietary habits can reduce the risk of, and even reverse the progression of, chronic degenerative diseases.

Course Description

In this course, we begin with an overview of the China Project, the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle, and disease ever undertaken. We then take a closer look at of some of the most prominent chronic diseases and conditions (cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes) and how you can improve your health with optimal nutrition. You will become familiar with the scientific research results indicating how diet can reduce the risk of and even reverse the progression of these diseases.

This course includes

  • Three activities
  • Four quizzes
  • Three required discussions
  • One video transcript file
  • Readings

What you’ll Learn

  • The basic design and methodology of the China Project
  • How cancer begins and how it progresses
  • The basic role of nutrition, genetics, and chemicals in the development of cancer
  • The pathology of the heart, how heart disease develops and what factors such as nutrition are key to its treatment
  • Impact of whole food plant-based diets on weight loss and diabetes

The focus is on the practical application of a whole food plant-based diet and lifestyle by understanding behavior change, differences between various “healthy” diet plans, raising a family, athletic performance and practical tips on how to adopt an optimal diet.

Course Description

In this course, you’ll discover the tools available to support personal behavior changes to implement a whole food plant-based lifestyle. We’ll go beyond the simple similarities and differences between “healthy” diet plans so you can understand how to implement the optimal plan for your health and life, providing a wealth of applicable tips for individual, pregnancy, and family needs.

This course includes

  • Seven activities
  • One quiz
  • Two required discussions
  • One optional discussion
  • One video transcript file
  • Readings

What you’ll learn

  • Compare the different available “healthy” diet plans and dietary patterns that affect our food choices
  • Explain the importance of healthy eating practices from pregnancy to birth, breastfeeding, and beyond
  • Discuss common topics of concern to athletes including supplements, protein consumption, and enhancing performance
  • Demonstrate practical skills including assessing your kitchen, grocery shopping, label reading, dining out and more