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This course presents the fundamental scientific principles of human nutrition. Students will become familiar with food sources; recommended intake levels; biochemical role; mode of absorption, transport, excretion; deficiency/toxicity symptoms, and potential major public health problems for each macro- and micronutrient. The student goals for this course are: 1) to describe the components of a healthy diet, 2) understand the major nutrition problems that affect individuals and populations from conception and throughout the life cycle, and 3) understand the scientific basis for nutritional recommendations brought before the scientific and lay communities.

Prerequisites: Students are required to have taken a one semester college-level course in either human biology, chemistry, or physiology (preferred), junior or senior standing.

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 are a Tufts undergraduate student please contact <nutritioncertificates@tufts.edu.

Affiliated With:

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