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

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


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

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