Nutrition Science online short course

Course starts 30 September 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
30 September 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $2,300
Payment Options
Stanford Center for Health Education


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 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. You’ll also gain the insight to recognize the value of optimal nutrition in terms of preventative care and the skills to critically examine contemporary research.

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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 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

Is this course for you?

This 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.

Course curriculum

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

As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.

Understand nutrition in the context of human development

This Stanford Center for Health Education online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you expand your understanding of nutrition and its vital relation to human health. 

Your Academic Director

The design of this online course is guided by Stanford Center for Health Education faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Prof. Christopher Gardner

Director of Nutrition Studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center
Director of the NIH/NHLBI Postdoctoral Training Program at SPRC
Director of the Clinical Translational Core of the Stanford Diabetes Research Center

Christopher Gardner is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, where he is renowned for his work in nutrition and obesity, particularly through the use of human randomized trials. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in nutrition science in 1993.

He also holds positions as a member of the Cardiovascular Institute, Maternal and Child Health Research Institute, Stanford Cancer Institute, a faculty fellow of Stanford ChEM-H, and as an affiliate of Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Guest Lecturers


Dr Cheryl Anderson

Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Dr Kevin Hall

Section Chief: Integrative Physiology Section, Laboratory of Biological Modeling, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Dr David Jenkins

Professor in both the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr Marion Nestle

Paulette Goddard Professor and Professor Emerita, Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University

Dr David Katz

Yale Director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

Prof. Robert Lustig

Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco Division of Endocrinology


Jae Berman

Health Educator for the DIETFITS Study,
and Head of Jae Berman Nutrition

Earn a certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education

Explore evidence-based nutrition and earn an official certificate of completion from Stanford Center for Health Education, part of Stanford Medicine.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 30 September 2020.

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