Basics of Nutrition

This course can only be taken as part of the following program:

Learn the Basics of Nutrition.  Covering introductory nutritional science and the health benefits of phytochemicals, this course lays the groundwork for you to build your knowledge of the relationship between diet and health.

"I found the basic nutrition class to be one of the most comprehensive and interesting classes that I have ever taken. It really changed my knowledge of how nutrition truly effects our body."  ~ Janice M.   

Timeframe: 3 months to complete

Credits: This course is eligible for 1.1 Continuing Education credit(s)

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The course begins by explaining the differences between macronutrients and micronutrients, deciphering nutrient intake recommendations and Nutrition Facts panels, and reviewing basic chemistry concepts. You will learn how the human body utilizes vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and protein, with detail on nutrients of interest such as essential fatty acids and fiber. Finally, you will learn the health effects of several classes of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and isothiocyanates.

Coursework is divided into lessons by topic, each with guided reading assignments and brief assessments to ensure students grasp key concepts.

Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive a certificate of completion for the course. 

Certificates may apply for continuing education credits. 

This course qualifies for 11 continuing education contact hours.

Estimated time to complete: approximately 3 months
As a self-paced course, the time to actually complete the course will vary by the individual. We recommend the student targets spending about 3-5 hours per week to complete the course within 3 months.  



  • Nutrients and the Science of Nutrition
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Energy Metabolism and Energy Balance
  • Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and Water
  • Foods and Phytochemicals for Preventing Chronic Disease part 1
  • Foods and Phytochemicals for Preventing Chronic Disease part 2
  • FINAL EXAM: Basics of Nutrition

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