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

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Food as Medicine
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours
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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.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Food as medicine

    • Course introduction

      Meet Helen and learn more about about the content that’s going to be covered in the course.

    • History of food as medicine

      Learn how and why food has been used as medicine in the past, and why evidence is important for food as medicine.

    • Food in health and disease

      Learn more about the role of food in health and the prevention and treatment of disease.

    • What's in food that makes it special?

      Learn about what’s in food that makes it special and how each element contributes to your health and wellbeing.

    • Foods and inflammation

      Learn more about how foods can be used to manage and maintain inflammation.

    • Feedback from the course educators

      Watch the course educators provide feedback on various issues and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 2

    A body systems approach for food as medicine

    • Food and the gut

      Learn about the role that food plays in creating and keeping a healthy gut.

    • Food and the brain

      Find out how your body controls your appetite and learn more about the eating pattern known as 'food addiction'.

    • Food and our genome

      Learn about about the role genes play in our health and wellbeing.

    • Foods, fertility and pregnancy

      Learn about the role that food plays in fertility and pregnancy.

    • Food and weight

      Learn about the relationship between our food intake and our weight, dieting and weight prevention.

    • Feedback from the course educators

      Watch the course educators feedback on various issues and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 3

    Interpreting the science of food as medicine

    • Introduction

      Explore the complexities of nutrition science and develop an understanding of the evidence base that informs nutrition science and food regulations.

    • Nutrition complexities and controversies

      Learn about the complexities of nutrition science, how it’s evolving, and how nutrition misinformation may end up as fact.

    • Making choices: Food and diet

      Learn how to make good choices when it comes to food and your diet.

    • Who can you trust?

      Learn how to evaluate nutrition information and advice.

    • Applying food as medicine to you

      Learn how you can apply mindfulness to the way you engage with the food you eat.

    • Where is the future heading?

      Learn how food may be used as medicine in the future, and the role that personalised nutrition and functional foods may play in your health and wellbeing.

    • Prove your knowledge and understanding

      Prove your knowledge and understanding of food as medicine by completing this test. We recommend completing this test in the final week of the course.

    • Additional resources

      Explore some of additional resources that have been put together by the Food as Medicine team.

    • Feedback from the course educators

      Watch the course educators feedback on various issues and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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).

What does AfN Certification say 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 practice ethically as a nutritionist.

BDA Endorsed Course

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

What do people say about this course?

I researched what FutureLearn had to offer through a recommendation from a friend who has done a few Future Learn courses and found them very useful. I am a homoeopath and was interested in knowing more about nutrition to assist my practice; the Food as Medicine course offered by Monash University seemed to completely fit the bill. The academic staff are very successful in simplifying and demystifying an area which can otherwise be very confusing due to information overload. Their approach helps you cut through the multitude of myths and misinformation regarding food and nutrition, to get to the basics of what the body needs to function at its best. I would recommend the course to anyone who is interested in health, whether they have a background in this area or not.

Nicky Martin

Who will you learn with?

Gary is Professor and Head of Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food at Monash University. He is interested in dietary phytochemicals and health.

Melissa is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist involved in research and teaching at Monash, along with working in private practice. She specialises in nutritional genomics.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

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.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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Association for Nutrition

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BDA

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