Separate fact from fiction and fads as you learn about core nutrition concepts and how to evaluate not only personal food choices and overall dietary patterns, but nutrition related content in the media and in advertising. Such topics include fundamentals of a healthful eating pattern, nutrition labeling, dietary supplements, fortified and “super” foods, plant-based nutrition, and nutrition and fitness. The course will also include an overview of nutrition fundamentals as they relate to human health.
During this course you will have the opportunity to:
Week One: Just What is a Healthy Diet? A Balancing Act
Week Two: Nutrition Labeling: Facts, Claims, and Challenges
Week Three: Dietary Supplements: Evaluating the Evidence
Week Four: Functional and “Super” Foods: Their Role in Optimal Nutrition
Week Five: Plant-based Nutrition: Controversies and Considerations
Week Six: Nutrition and Fitness: Facts, Food, and Fuel
Week Seven: Food Allergies and Intolerances: Separating Fact from Fiction
This is an introductory level nutrition course. No background required, all are welcome!
Each week the video lectures and posted slides will include links to credible
websites and resources referenced in the course and available to students for additional
information and reading.
The class will consist of lecture videos, which are between 5 and 20 minutes in length. Each video includes several questions that are not graded, but offered to foster personal insight and learning. In addition to the videos, there are weekly assignments that allow students to further explore topics and concepts. Each week also includes a weekly 10-15 question quiz that covers information from the video lectures that can be completed any time during the week it is offered or before the course concludes. Students have up to 3 attempts to master the quiz and each question provides an explanation for the correct answer.
You will find access to all course content on the home page. You will find more detailed information there about the course under Syllabus/Course Description.
You can choose your level of course involvement, whether it is just watching the videos or choosing to complete some or all of the assignments and weekly quizzes. Once enrolled, you have full access to all course content and can join us whenever your schedule allows. I do hope that you can take part on a weekly basis through the course offering. You do have the option of earning signed statements of accomplishment at the end of the course dependent upon your level of course participation and submission of some or all of the weekly assignments and quizzes.
What did students say following the first offering of the course?
A big thank you to Professor Pope and her team for a first rate class. I loved this course! It was so enjoyable and interesting. I learned so much and appreciate the high quality of the course including Jamie Pope's lectures, the videography and graphics. In addition, the depth of the resource materials has been excellent and appreciated. – S.L.P.
Thank you for a very interesting and informative class. I
loved the entire course, the lectures, speakers and assignments. Monday's
became my favorite day of the week so I could access the new lectures and
assignment. Re-enrollment is a definite for me. Again, a big thank you for
your time and effort...you improved many lives I am sure! – S.A.Z.
Thanks to Jamie Pope and staff for the excellent information in this course. I'm really impressed with the extent and amount of resource links that you've assembled, that I can go back to and refer to again and again. This is my second Coursera class and both were absolutely engaging, keeping my attention and focus throughout. I appreciated the special guests and the additional information they provided, and also the upbeat attitude Jamie exhibited during the entire course. It's clear you have great passion for what you do. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!! D.M.H.
I'd like to add my thanks to Jamie and the team. The course has been fantastic — lots of information, backed up with lots of links to reliable sources for us to do further reading and research if we wish to do so, yet presented in a very straightforward and understandable manner. Anonymous