CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health

*Note: This course is offered online in the fall, and in-person spring/summer. 

Course Description

Principles of nutrition related to metabolic function. Model attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying causes/triggers and to intervene to restore function and achieve optimal health. Emphasizes importance of nutrition as a component of self-care.

Course Objectives

  • To identify the theory of an interdependent/ interconnected relationship between systems within the body.
  • To develop a scientifically based understanding of nutrition as it applies to system function particularly of the digestive system, the endocrine system, the detoxification system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
  • To describe the role of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals on cellular activity.
  • To discuss current research with respect to other nutritional substances such as phytonutrients and their impact on optimal health.
  • To evaluate current evidence-based nutritional interventions for common conditions.
  • To identify appropriate nutritional interventions for the management of common conditions.
  • To discuss controversial nutritional issues and analyze current research regarding these issues.

Course Details

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CSPH 5431
Jr or sr or grad student in Health Sciences or instr consent
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Summer Section: Carolyn Denton 

Fall Section: Andrew Litchy