Professional Course

Nutrition Science

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8 weeks
8 weeks
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Course description

Nutrition Science

Earn an official certificate of professional achievement from Stanford University.

As a health or wellness professional, having a sound understanding of the science behind nutrition is crucial for giving clients and patients informed advice about longevity, vitality, and holistic disease management.

The Nutrition Science online short course from the Stanford Center for Health Education (SCHE), a part of Stanford Medicine, provides you with a foundation in nutrition as it explores the role of micronutrients and macronutrients in the body, and how this relates to human health in different contexts of human development.

Guided by the renowned Prof. Christopher Gardner, you’ll learn to interpret nutritional evidence and make nutritional assessments and dietary analyses, with the assistance of nutritional guidelines. You'll also gain the insight to recognize the value of optimal nutrition in terms of preventative care, develop the skills to critically examine contemporary research, and ultimately earn a certificate of completion from the SCHE.

Who should attend?

Is this course for you?

The Nutrition Science online short course is aimed at healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses, as well as lifestyle specialists such as nutritionists, fitness instructors, coaches, health educators, and food writers. The curriculum is designed to help these professionals grow in their current roles by providing them with the knowledge and frameworks to advise patients and clients on dietary plans for healthy living and disease prevention.

The importance of health education

Health and nutrition education has become increasingly recognized due to the advent of COVID-19. This nutrition course introduces learners to basic concepts of nutrition and how these concepts are linked to health. Modules cover the major nutrient groups and their role in human health, as well as the different methods of nutrition assessment, highlighting the importance of dietary and nutritional guidelines. Additionally, the course offers nutritional information which can be used to maintain a healthy diet and prevent disease.

Training content

Learn the principles of nutrition science as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

Orientation module

Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1

Nutrition guidelines: Science versus politics

Module 2

The role of macronutrients: Carbohydrates

Module 3

The role of macronutrients: Fats

Module 4

The role of macronutrients: Proteins

Module 5

Calorie balance in context

Module 6

The role of micronutrients: Vitamins

Module 7

The role of micronutrients: Minerals

Module 8

Health, disease and nutrition

Course delivery details


  • 6 weeks excluding orientation
  • 8–10 hours per week Self-paced learning online

Certification / Credits

  • Explore evidence-based nutrition and earn an official certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education, part of Stanford Medicine.
  • Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
  • Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.

What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the relationship between food and nutrition.
  • The skills to develop nutrition guidelines and plans for different individuals and contexts.
  • Knowledge about fats and carbohydrates, the effects of sugar, supplements, diet fads, and the importance of protein.
  • A certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education, a part of Stanford Medicine.
  • Unlimited access to 2U’s Career Engagement Network, offering you exclusive resources and events to support your professional journey and drive your career forward.

Why choose GetSmarter?

  • Data-driven course selection
  • Outcomes-based design
  • People-mediated delivery
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