Nutrition and Disease: Nutrition and Cancer


Nutrition and Disease: Nutrition and Cancer

Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease (CVD) as the leading cause of death in many parts of the world. It causes one in eight deaths worldwide. Global trends show that the majority of all cancer deaths occur in the low- and middle-income countries. Yet, cancer can be partly prevented and many of these deaths can be avoided.

Discover the latest insights on the role of diet, nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention, occurrence and progression of cancer in the free open and online course Nutrition and Cancer.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Registration period

Thu 21 November 2019 until Thu 11 June 2020

Fri 7 February 2020 until Thu 8 October 2020

Fri 12 June 2020 until Thu 4 February 2021


Tue 3 March 2020 until Thu 2 July 2020

Tue 7 July 2020 until Thu 29 October 2020

Tue 3 November 2020 until Thu 25 February 2021

Duration 5 weeks, 6-8 hours per week
Location Online
Price description Course materials free, certificate after payment

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Content of the course

Can cancer risk be reduced through a healthy diet or lifestyle? Many studies have been conducted on the role of nutrition and physical activity in cancer prevention. This has resulted in recommendations for cancer prevention. Far less research is conducted on nutrition and cancer progression, but the evidence is increasing that a healthy diet may also play a beneficial role for cancer survivors. Join this course and learn more about the role of nutrition in the occurrence and progression of cancer. You will learn how nutrition is involved in cancer occurrence, cancer treatment, and progression. And you will discover what the evidence-base is for dietary guidelines.

This course focuses on a wide range of dietary exposures (including vegetables, meat, dietary supplements, alcohol) and lifestyle factors (including body composition and physical activity) in relation to the occurrence and progression of the most common types of cancer, such as large bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.

For who?

Dieticians and physicians often get questions from cancer patients about what they can do themselves to help their recovery process. After completing the course you will have gained a solid scientific basis to better weigh and interpret all the information available on nutrition and cancer and to take care of your own health and/or that of your patients.

This course is especially valuable for professionals (in training) from various fields related to nutrition or cancer (e.g. nutritionists, epidemiologists, health policy makers, physicians, caregivers, nutrition educators, biologists and food scientists). 

What you will learn

  • Study designs to investigate the relation between nutrition and cancer
  • Diet- and lifestyle-related risk factors for cancer development and survival
  • The mechanisms by which nutrition impacts cancer
  • Guidelines for primary and tertiary cancer prevention for the general public and for survivors
  • Understand the evidence-base for dietary guidelines

Professional Certificate Programme

Want to learn more? Earn a professional certificate by completing the Professional Certificate Programme Nutrition and Disease. This programme consistst of two MOOCs: Nutrition, Heart disease and Diabetes and Nutrition and Cancer. In the Professional Certificate Programme Nutrition and Disease, you will learn about the interaction between nutrients, diets and cardiometabolic disease (heart disease and diabetes). 

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