Professional Certificate Programme: Food, Nutrition and Health

In this Professional Certificate Programme, taught by prof. Sander Kersten, a leading global expert in the field of nutrition, you will learn how to analyze and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health to help build a healthier lifestyle for you and/or your patients.

You will learn about the composition of macro- and micronutrients, their role in the body, and their impact on our health. You will get a sound understanding of energy homeostasis and the regulation of bodyweight. Also, you will learn about health problems related to overnutrition and undernutrition. You will learn strategies to improve nutritional status, and combat overnutrition and undernutrition based on scientific knowledge. The programme covers everything from fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. You will acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to become more critical towards the food and health related messages we’re constantly bombarded with.

This programme will also help you develop a critical mindset. You will learn how to distinguish misinformation about food as you discover what is complete nonsense, what has a scientific basis and where the truth is somewhere in between.

This programme is especially useful for health care professionals who are looking to update their knowledge and skills about nutrition and people working in the food industry with a non-nutrition background (such as food technology, legal, marketing, HR and communication staff). Health care professionals will benefit by acquiring a solid academic knowledge base in nutrition that will be helpful in their interactions with patients and clients.

What you'll learn

  • How nutrition impacts health
  • Introduction to the field of nutrition and food
  • Basic chemistry and composition of food, their role in the body and their impact on health
  • How to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health
  • Skills needed to effectively assess, design and implement dietary strategies and nutritional therapy at a basic level.

Content of the Professional Certificate Programme 'Food, Nutrition and Health'

This Professional Certificate Programme consists of two MOOCs that can be taken in any desired order. Your time investment will be about 6-8 hours per week per course, and the average length is 7-8 weeks per MOOC. Of course, you can study in your own time, at your own pace, so you can adjust the duration.

      How to enrol

      Interested? Read more about this programme on EdX and enrol.