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Course Description

During the past two decades there has been an increasing awareness of the interaction between nutrition and behavior. To examine this interaction, two general themes will be pursued. First, we will investigate the effects of nutritional variables on brain functioning and behavior. Second, we will study the influence of psychological variables in determining food intake and nutritional status. Examples of topics to be covered includes: the effects of protein- caloric malnutrition on brain development and intellectual functioning; obesity and other eating disorders; food additives and behavior; the role of brain mechanisms in determining nutritional intake; food choice; food as an addiction; and the importance of vitamins and minerals for behavioral functioning.

Pre-requisites: NUTC/NUTR 0202: Principles of Nutrition Science, Nutritional Biochemistry (NUTB 0205 or NUTB 0305 or NUTR 0315) or permission from Dr. Lynne Ausman, MNSP Program Director.

This online asynchronous course has a required in-person synchronous component on the Boston campus (Jaharis Center Room 156) referred to as "MNSP Residency." Enrollment cannot remain intact if a student cannot attend the associated in-person synchronous component for the course: https://nutrition.tufts.edu/documents-and-forms/mnsp-person-fall-2023-residency-schedule 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript - Bachelor's + 3.0 GPA. You will be contacted after registration for required evidence of immunization; please contact lucia.fenney@tufts.edu with any questions regarding immunizations.

Instructor Approval: During registration, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites for this course and to describe any relevant experience. The instructor will use this information to confirm your enrollment or will otherwise be in touch with you.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here: https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/policies/refunds#Courses-at-Tufts-(Academic-Year--Summer-Session)

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy