Johns Hopkins University
Public Health Perspectives on Sustainable Diets
Johns Hopkins University

Public Health Perspectives on Sustainable Diets

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Roni Neff
Becky Ramsing
Brent Kim

Instructors: Roni Neff


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7 hours to complete
3 weeks at 2 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • What is food system sustainability and resilience?

  • What is a "sustainable" diet - and why does it matter?

  • How can we make our food system more sustainable?

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There are 3 modules in this course

Our food system is much more than a supply chain that brings food from the farm to your plate. What is a food system? How can thinking about food as a system help us understand and address the messy overlapping issues of diet, food production, planetary health and climate change? What does ‘sustainability’ mean, in the context of food systems, and is it the same as resilience? How has COVID-19 pandemic amplified the many challenges faced by vulnerable workers and consumers? Roni Neff addresses these questions – and many more – in this opening series of lectures.

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5 videos3 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

What defines a sustainable diet? Why do sustainable diets matter? And what might sustainable diets look like in the US and around the world? The answers may surprise you. In this engaging and thought-provoking set of lectures, Brent Kim will address these questions and explain recent research that compares the impact of different diets on greenhouse gas emissions and water use across 140 countries.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In our final week, we will explore sustainable diets through the lens of a public health practitioner and registered dietitian. In this series of lectures, we’ll considering nutritional needs and why it is difficult to define a ‘sustainable’ diet for everyone. Then we’ll share evidence-based strategies for communicating about sustainable diets and how different sectors can play a role in advancing change. We hope you have enjoyed this short course! Please be sure to complete the post-course survey and leave us feedback on the Coursera platform.

What's included

4 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt


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4.7 (66 ratings)
Roni Neff
Johns Hopkins University
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