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Course Description

Understanding the dynamic interplay between nutrition and marketing from both the consumer and marketer perspective is key to determining how to successfully market foods and beverages aligned with today's wellness-focused consumer. In this course, students will examine the historical effectiveness of efforts by food companies, health advocacy organizations, and governments aimed at improving nutritional habits. Students will develop real-world skills used by marketing professionals which integrate an understanding of eating psychology, food purchasing decision-making behaviors and prevailing dietary guidance with marketing tactics including message development, influencer mapping and social media. By the end of the course, students will be able to leverage the power of food marketing to promote positive nutrition. 

Note: Undergraduate enrollment in this course is provisional pending the permission of the Program Director. Students seeking undergraduate credit will need to submit a brief statement of interest and upload an unofficial transcript before enrolling.  You will be guided through this process during checkout and it should only take you a few minutes.    

If you have questions about this course, please contact the Program Director, Diane McKay at

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • School of Arts & Sciences