This course provides students with an overview of nutrition as it relates to overall health and quality of life. Topics include the 6 classes of nutrients, dietary recommendations for the general public, energy balance and nutrient delivery, and special considerations throughout the life cycle. Students will have the opportunity to examine special diets that commonly occur in patient care and investigate the unique foods and dietary patterns of several cultures.
What to Expect in this Course
This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.
Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length.
Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.
While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.
|Course Activity||Hours Per Week|
Self Directed Learning
- Macronutrients: Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates
- Micronutrients: Vitamin and Minerals
- Water and the Electrolytes
- Nutrient Digestion through the Body
- Nutrients Involved in Bone Health, Energy Metabolism and Blood Health
- Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weight
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Nutrition Through the Life Cycle: Pregnancy, Childhood to Late Adulthood
- How Nutrition Affects Chronic Disease
- Understanding Food Labels
- How Sugar Contributes to the Obesity Epidemic
- Popular Diets, such as the Paleo Diet and the Mediterranean Diet
- How the Food Industry Shapes America’s Waistline
- Keys to Longevity
|Lab Kit / Supplies||Not needed|
|Web-Based Learning Application||Not needed|
|Standard word/ data processing capabilities||Not needed|
|Ability to Video conference||Not needed|
|Ability to upload images/videos||Not needed|
D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.
Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.
Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.
Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.
Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.
Ability to videoconference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.
Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.