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Online course

Food as Medicine

Explore the role of food in health. Apply nutrition science to guide you on using food as medicine for you and your family.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Food as Medicine

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How can we use food as medicine?

This course introduces the concept of food as medicine. You will explore how food can be important both in preventative health and as an aid in the management of certain chronic diseases today, in the past and in the future. You will also learn about what’s in food that gives it the potential to improve our health and how to recognise which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and how food can play an important role in treating/preventing disease.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHELEN TRUBY: Humans have always used foods as medicine. Right from ancient times, across many cultures right up until now. Why is this and what is the evidence? At a time when we are being bombarded by messages about the health properties of food, of miracle foods and special diets. What's a fact and what is fiction? Can we really use food as medicine? Hi, I’m Helen Truby. I’m head of nutrition and dietetics at Monash University in Australia. My team and I are here to explore the exciting area of food as medicine.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsDAVID KANNAR: So the role of food in preventative medicine is becoming increasingly important. Diet has long be known to promote health, and many chronic medical conditions can be helped by improving diet, changing lifestyle and increasing regular exercise. So, your mum was right. You are what you eat, and food has a strong influence on disease prevention.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsSIMONE GIBSON: There’s a lot of evidence about food and how it affects our health and the evidence is changing. What we recommended twenty years ago has now evolved into new recommendations of what we suggest people eat today, and that’s likely to change again into the future as more evidence comes to light.

Skip to 1 minute and 20 secondsJANEANE DART: What is exciting to consider and what we’ll explore is how food is utilised as medicine in the twenty-first century. There are multiple examples of how foods have been used as medicine in the past, and I guess looking at different cultures and across different parts of the world. The literature from an arts perspective is really stemmed I guess from the French and the British began to write about food, and I think there’s a lot of unrecorded history of food and what’s happening now is the medical and scientific literature is beginning now, and those worlds are beginning to merge.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsHELEN TRUBY: By the end of the course, we want you to be able to identify foods that are healthy and helpful to you and your family, and understand what foods may be used as medicine. So join us and learn about all the wonderful properties that food has and how you might be able to use it as medicine.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe what is meant by the term ‘food as medicine’ and list a number of examples of how foods have been used as medicine in the past.
  • Identify how and which types of foods are essential for health and wellbeing, and play an important role in treating/preventing disease.
  • Identify current evidenced based, nutrition related public health guidelines and apply these to improve personal eating habits and nutritional intake.
  • Identify foods/components of food that have an effect on different body systems, weight and appetite, fertility and pregnancy, and the genome.

Who is the course for?

This course will have broad general interest appeal to everyone interested in food, nutrition and health. But it will be of particular interest to healthcare professionals who are looking to have more evidenced-based information, to assist them in providing food-based recommendations to their patients.

AfN Certified Course

This course has been certified by the Association for Nutrition. It meets AfN standards for nutrition training of individuals working at Level 1 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). For information on what AfN Certification says about this course, please visit the Association for Nutrition website.

Please note completion of this course does not lead to registration on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists nor does it equip any individual to practise ethically as a nutritionist.

BDA Endorsed Course

This course has been endorsed for CPD by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

BDA endorsement applies only to the educational content of the learning activity. Completion of this course does not provide you with qualifications to practise as a nutritionist or dietitian.

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Who will you learn with?

Helen Truby

I am Professor and Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Monash University. My professional background is paediatric dietetics and have research interests in clinical nutrition and metabolism

Who developed the course?

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
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If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.