Understand the foundational science underlying nutrition and how it’s linked to health, and preventing disease.
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.
Is this course for you?
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.
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
An understanding of the relationship between food and nutrition.
The skills to develop nutrition plans for different individuals and contexts.
Knowledge about fats and carbohydrates, the effects of sugar, supplements, diet fads, and the importance of protein.
A certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education, a part of Stanford Medicine.
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
The design of this online short course is guided by Stanford Center for Health Education faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.
Christopher GardnerDirector, Nutrition Studies, Stanford Prevention Research Center;Director, NIH/NHLBI Postdoctoral Training Program, SPRC;Director, Clinical Translational Core, Stanford Diabetes Research Center
About the certificate
Explore evidence-based nutrition and 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 a 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 upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
Sally DuplantierFounder & Healthspan Coach, Zing
Since it’s a new program, I thought you’d like to hear that I’m completely delighted with it — the rigor, the content, the learning design, guest experts, and especially the critical thinking required. I appreciate that we are approaching this from an evidence-based perspective focused on media hype and partial truths, and are provided with the tools to make an informed decision. I especially enjoy the application of learning via the case studies. I can’t wait to see who comes into my dietician’s office this week!
Why choose GetSmarter?
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We deliver market-led courses that equip working professionals with the expertise required to upskill, reskill or kickstart a completely new career. Through a data-driven approach, we analyze future skills requirements and ensure all courses address this need. We ensure that leading universities and institutions are your expert guides and our people, technology, and resources are your engine – together we power more than just education, we power your potential.
You can pay your course fees before the course starts, or you may opt for a split payment plan on courses that are nine weeks and shorter. For courses 10 weeks and longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.
Manage your time
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
Seek employer assistance
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Of our past students, 37 percent have received financial assistance from their employers.
If you are a Learning & Development (L&D) manager, or involved in training and upskilling for an organization, you can request information regarding our corporate offering on our GetSmarter for business page.
How to change your start date
As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.
To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Advisers before the release of Module 2.
Discover the Online Campus
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team through the discussion forums.