Online course in Health & Psychology

Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

Explore the relationship between nutrition and brain health, why it matters, and how to work towards positive food changes.

Food and Mood: Improving Mental Health Through Diet and Nutrition

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Learn how healthy dietary choices can improve your mental and brain health

Poor diet and poor mental health are leading causes of death and illness worldwide. Critically, it is now known that diet quality is a key factor in influencing mental and brain health across all stages of life.

On this course, you will explore the physiological ways your daily diet can affect your mental and brain health. You will consider the role of the immune system and also the gut microbiome.

As you explore the link between mood and food, you will uncover the steps that can be taken to change diet patterns which influence poor mental health.

What topics will you cover?

  • The relationship between diet/nutrition and mental and brain health
  • Factors influencing diet, nutrition and mental health
  • Dietary styles, behaviours, guidelines and assessment
  • The role of inflammation and gut microbiota for mental health
  • How diet can be optimised for mental and brain health

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the relationship between diet/nutrition, and mental and brain health.
  • Explain how diet and nutrition might influence mental and brain health.
  • Explore the principles and strategies of dietary change.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest, or with experience of, good or bad mental health.

This course will also be of interest to healthcare practitioners working with people with mental and brain health issues or in roles related to diet, nutrition and mental and brain health education.

Who will you learn with?

Tetyana  Rocks

Tetyana Rocks

Doctor Tetyana Rocks is Fernwood Foundation Research Fellow and Head of Translation and Education at the Food & Mood Centre, Deakin. Tetyana is Accredited Dietitian passionate about public health.

Felice Jacka

Felice Jacka

Professor Felice Jacka is Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, and President of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

The Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University is a world-leading, multi-disciplinary research centre that aims to understand the complex ways in which what we eat influences our brain, mood, and mental health.

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