Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

This seven week course will explore nutrition concepts that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance.

About The Course

Separate fact from fiction and fads as you learn about core nutrition concepts and how to evaluate not only personal food choices and overall dietary patterns, but nutrition related content in the media and in advertising. Such topics include fundamentals of a healthful eating pattern, nutrition labeling, dietary supplements, fortified and “super” foods, plant-based nutrition, and nutrition and fitness. The course will also include an overview of nutrition fundamentals as they relate to human health.

During this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Analyze and evaluate your own food and beverage intake using a recommended online or cell phone app nutrient database.
  • Research of a dietary supplement of your choosing using credible informational websites as well as evidence-based medical literature.
  • Personally examine the concept of energy balance through determination of your calorie needs, intake and expenditure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What did students say following the first offering of the course?

A big thank you to Professor Pope and her team for a first rate class. I loved this course! It was so enjoyable and interesting. I learned so much and appreciate the high quality of the course including Jamie Pope's lectures, the videography and graphics.  In addition, the depth of the resource materials has been excellent and appreciated. – S.L.P.

Thank you for a very interesting and informative class. I loved the entire course, the lectures, speakers and assignments. Monday's became my favorite day of the week so I could access the new lectures and assignment. Re-enrollment is a definite for me. Again, a big thank you for your time and improved many lives I am sure! –  S.A.Z.

Thanks to Jamie Pope and staff for the excellent information in this course. I'm really impressed with the extent and amount of resource links that you've assembled, that I can go back to and refer to again and again. This is my second Coursera class and both were absolutely engaging, keeping my attention and focus throughout. I appreciated the special guests and the additional information they provided, and also the upbeat attitude Jamie exhibited during the entire course. It's clear you have great passion for what you do. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!!  D.M.H.

I'd like to add my thanks to Jamie and the team. The course has been fantastic  —  lots of information, backed up with lots of links to reliable sources for us to do further reading and research if we wish to do so, yet presented in a very straightforward and understandable manner.   Anonymous

Recommended Background

This is an introductory level nutrition course.  No background required, all are welcome!