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Gain skills to evaluate nutrition information and apply to your own diet.

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

What will I study?

Each week you’ll look at a different theme:

  • The makings of a ‘healthy diet’: What are the principal constituents of food? 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? How do we make sense of available nutrition information?
  • Food and disease: Can you really eat your way to health?
  • Nutrition fads, myths and the plain truth: Is there such a thing as a ‘miracle’ diet, do ‘superfoods’ exist, or are our genes to be blamed for our current nutritional habits?

By the end of this course, you will be able to…

  • Understand the scientific basis of human nutrition.
  • Describe components of a healthy diet.
  • Identify principles of healthy eating.
  • Apply principles learned to assess your own dietary intake.
  • Understand good examples of evidence-based research.
  • Calculate your own Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • Explore the influences on food choice and eating behaviours.
  • Identify current nutrition controversies.

As part of the course, we will provide the most up-to-date, science-based information related to diet, health and lifestyle.

Professor Alex Johnstone, course coordinator

How will I study?

Nutrition and Wellbeing is a 4-week short course, delivered entirely online via FutureLearn. You can study anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

The course is delivered by nutritional experts from the Rowett Institute and School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. These globally recognised centres for academic excellence play a major role in nutrition, wellbeing and human health research in the UK.

You’ll look at a different theme each week, using resources including:

  • videos
  • articles
  • online discussions
  • quizzes
  • real-life case studies from organisations such as Waitrose.

You’ll draw on your own experiences, sharing thoughts, hints and tips with other learners through vibrant course discussions.

You’ll spend around 3 hours per week on 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.

Helena Turbidy, student on FutureLearn

Where will this take me?

If you’re keen to learn more, there’s plenty to explore. The Institute of Applied Health Sciences offers a fascinating range of short courses and degrees in this area:

Free FutureLearn courses about the human body

Online short courses in Nutrition

Masters Degrees

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Start date
4 May 2020
Last registration
10 July 2020