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

This course is offered in person (spring and summer semester) and online (fall semester). Check the class search for in person meeting date and time offerings. 

Course Description:

This course will present a novel approach to the principles of nutrition as they relate to optimal health and the prevention, control or intervention in a disease process. This is a model of nutrition application that complements and expands beyond normal growth and development, an approach that attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying factors or triggers of disease. This model of nutrition considers system dysfunction a pre-disease state and looks for ways to apply nutrition and restore function. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of this novel application of nutrition. The course will emphasize the 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

Course ID: 
CSPH 5431
Graduate Students, Undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
Semesters Course Offered: 
Course Flyer: 
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In person section: Carolyn Denton 


Online section: Andrew Litchy