Online course in Health & Psychology

Nutrition and Disease Prevention

Learn about the relationship between diet and disease and discover the role a nutrient-rich diet can play in disease prevention.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Understand how good nutrition can prevent disease

Diet-related diseases and obesity levels are rising. On this course you will explore the relationship between diet and disease and the role diet plays in weight management. You will examine the latest research studies to consider how poor nutrition can lead to ill health, and whether what we eat can help to prevent the onset of common diseases, such as cancer.

You will also look at micronutrients, and how a diet low in micronutrients can lead to health problems, and you’ll whether supplements can play a role in a healthy diet.

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What topics will you cover?

  • How some nutrient deficiency can lead to health-related problems
  • Relationship between cancer and micronutrient deficiency, such as iron or fish oil.
  • The use of supplements and healthy eating for disease prevention or weight control.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the relationship between diet and health-related diseases.
  • Explain the importance of healthy diet and nutrition in disease prevention.
  • Summarise the mechanism of diet for weight management

Who is the course for?

The course is for students in healthcare disciplines, plus anyone with a general interest in nutrition and health.

Who will you learn with?

Yue-Hwa Chen

Taipei Medical University
School of Nutrition and Health Sciences

Chiu Li Yeh

Professor, School of Nutrition and Health Science,
Taipei Medical University

Jung-Su Chang

I am intrigued by questions: How to maintain a healthy body weight? Why obese individuals have increased risk of micro-nutrient deficiencies and how should we treat those patients?

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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