Online course in Health & Psychology

Nutrition and Wellbeing

Demystify the complex and conflicting messages we hear about nutrition, health and lifestyle today, with this free online course.

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Gain skills to evaluate nutrition information and apply to your own diet

This course will help you understand the scientific basis of human nutrition, and current nutrition concepts and controversies.

Each week we look at a different theme:

The makings of a ‘healthy diet’: Which components of your diet can promote wellbeing and reduce the risk of diseases?

Why do we eat what we eat? What are the ‘drivers’ that influence our food choices?

Food and disease: Can you really eat your way to health?

Nutrition fads, myths and the plain truth: Are our genes to be blamed for our current nutritional habits?

What topics will you cover?

By the conclusion of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify the principle constituents of food, along with foods and dietary patterns that meet current UK based dietary recommendations and are associated with reduced risk of common chronic diseases.
  2. Understand and evaluate nutrition information, advertising, and news in the media.
  3. Apply nutrition knowledge to personal food choices and dietary patterns

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 components of a healthy diet
  • Identify principles of healthy eating
  • Apply principles learned to assess their own dietary intake
  • Develop an understanding of good examples of evidence based research
  • Calculate their own Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Explore the influences on food choice and eating behaviors
  • Identify current nutrition controversies
  • Discuss their own views on food and eating

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in food and wellbeing, and assumes no prior knowledge.

What do people say about this course?

This course punches above its weight! I've enjoyed it so much. Many thanks and compliments to our wonderful tutors at the University of Aberdeen for an excellent course. You managed to cover a lot of topics of interest regarding nutrition, diet and exercise in a dynamic and vibrant way. I appreciate the research-based information and advice. The resources supplied are generous and comprehensive.

Helena Tubridy

Who will you learn with?

Alex Mavroeidi and Alex Johnstone

Alex Mavroeidi and Alex Johnstone

Dr Alexandra Mavroeidi is an expert in exercise, nutrition and bone health.

Dr Alexandra Johnstone leads research on appetite across the lifecourse, with recent emphasis on high protein diets.

Who developed the course?

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.

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