Nutrition and Society


Course Overview

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
Individuals seeking to improve their own personal health, as well as medical, nutritional, and health education professionals who want to enhance their skills and education.